Bandcamp Is Donating All of Today's Profits to the ACLU
Published Feb 03, 2017If you've been looking for a way to put your money where your anti-Trump mouth is, Bandcamp is giving you a pretty great opportunity. All profits earned by the music-sharing platform today (February 3) will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Bandcamp founder and CEO Ethan Diamond released his reasoning behind the move with a statement that tells his own family's experience as immigrants before claiming, "last week's Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America."
In addition to donating 100 percent of Bandcamp's share of the proceeds from today's sales, the service has also compiled a list of albums by artists from Trump's banned countries, as well as those impacted by the proposed Mexican border wall.
"We hope that, as you listen to these albums, you'll not only discover some great new artists, but will also gain a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us," Diamond added.
And while Bandcamp only has control over what it does with its share of the profits from today, plenty of artists and labels have stepped in and offered to donate their own portion of the proceeds to the ACLU and other organizations, as well. Participating artists include Los Campesinos!, Pinegrove, Speedy Ortiz and Xiu Xiu, while Barsuk Records, Bloodshot Records, Father/Daughter Records, Hyperdub, Kill Rock Stars, Merge, Mexican Summer and Sub Pop are just some of the labels lending their names to the cause.
See the full list of participants here, and get ready for an online shopping spree you don't have to feel guilty about.