Bandcamp Is Donating All Proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on June 19
The platform announced it will continue this initiative every Juneteenth.
As certain streaming platforms continue to completely misread the room in terms of social justice, social engagement, and artist compensation, Bandcamp is actually pulling through for the Black community by announcing that this Juneteenth—and every future Juneteenth—the platform will be forwarding 100 percent of their proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Additionally, they’ve shared that they will be allocating $30,000 per year to partner up with other organizations fighting for racial justice and equality for people of color.
“The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression of people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change,” Bandcamp co-founder Ethan Diamond shared in a post earlier today. “We’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we build to empower them, who we promote through the Bandcamp Daily, our relationships with local artists and organizations through our Oakland space, how we operate as a team, and who and how we hire.”
This follow’s Bandcamp’s recent initiative wherein the first Friday of every month sees the site forgoing their share of all profits in order to support artists and labels crippled by the pandemic’s financial blow. Keep an eye out for accounts donating their profits to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others who have been murdered by cops—as well as bail funds for various cities across the country—when Bandcamp Day returns this Friday.
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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, we will donate 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund