Bandcamp Plans to Waive Revenue on March 20 to Support Artists During Covid-19 Pandemic

Music News
03/17/2020
Dusty Henry
photo by Bebe Labree

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues, artists continue to be especially impacted economically. With more and more musicians canceling tours and festivals postponing, many fans are looking toward ways to financially support artists. Online music retailer, streaming service and blog Bandcamp has particularly become a hub for supporting independent artists directly. Now the Oakland-based company is taking things a step further by forfeiting their portion of revenue from sales this Friday, March 20. 

"For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not." Bandcamp co-founder and CEO shared in a statement today. "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." 

This special sale will take place from midnight to midnight Pacific Time on Bandcamp's website and extends to digital, physical, and merch sales through individual artists' Bandcamp pages. If you've had some records on your wishlist and want to support the artists you love, this is a prime opportunity. Read more details from Bandcamp and check out KEXP's guide for more ways to support artists during this time

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