Wanna support the bands/musicians in your life but don’t know where to start (apart from merch), well why not head over to Bandcamp a little bit later today because they’ve said they’ll be waiving the revenue share of musicians today in a bid to help raise awareness about this pandemic’s hit on the music industry
In a statement, CEO/Co-Founder Ethan Diamond said:
The Covid-19 pandemic is in full force, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are being canceled for the foreseeable future. With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is now an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it. The good news is that we’re already seeing many fans going above and beyond to support artists across Bandcamp.
To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.
For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not. Still, we consider this just a starting point. Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we’re also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support.
It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us on Friday and through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time.
FYI – Pacific Time is 17 hours behind us, so expect this to kick in from 5pm AEST, 6pm AEDT today. Start browsing, keep your favs in mind and head back this afternoon/tonight and get buying to help them out.
With the industry struggling right now, fans are also urged to #KeepYourTickets for upcoming shows once they’re rescheduled and to help out local businesses and clubs with promotions or donations. Refer to out Op-Ed piece on some of our tips for helping here and don’t forget to make a donation to Support Act who aim to raise much needed funds for the Australian music scene.