Bandcamp is donating 100 per cent of its share of sales on June 19 of each year to racial justice legal firm Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF).
This coming June 19, from midnight to midnight PDT, and every June 19 thereafter, Bandcamp will be donating the money to LDF – a national organisation with a long history of enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
Observed annually on June 19, Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
The company is also allocating an additional US$30,000 a year to partner with organisations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of colour.
Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond said the recent killings of black people were tragedies and the company stood with those demanding action.
“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,” Diamond said.
“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.
“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.”
Diamond said the company would continue to promote diversity and opportunity through its mission to support artists, the products it builds to empower them, who it promotes through the Bandcamp Daily, its relationships with local artists and organisations through its Oakland space, how it operates as a team, and who and how they hire.
“Beyond that, we encourage everyone in the Bandcamp community to look for ways to support racial equality in your own local community, and as a company we’ll continue to look for more opportunities to support racial justice, equality and change.”