Published Jun 01, 2020Bandcamp has announced plans to donate 100 percent of proceeds from sales for a 24-hour period on June 19 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in support of civil rights and racial justice.
In response to the ongoing anti-racism protests across the world, the website is standing with Black people on Juneteenth every year from now on, honouring emancipation, as well as lives lost to police brutality.
Read an excerpt from the company's announcement below.
The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.
So this coming Juneteenth (June 19, from midnight to midnight PDT) and every Juneteenth hereafter, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. We're also allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.
Previously, Bandcamp helped out artists and labels affected by coronavirus lockdowns by waiving its revenue share on purchases for 24 hours, resulting in the platform's biggest-ever sales day. After announcing plans to do the same for May, the site revealed it would continue the program on a monthly basis.
See Bandcamp's full announcement in the link below.