As artists continue to lose income due to show cancellations, Bandcamp has announced it is waiving its share of revenue this Saturday from 5pm to Sunday 5pm AEST (Friday from midnight to midnight Pacific Time).
Co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond said he was rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is in full force, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are being cancelled 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.
“For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not.”
He said this was considered just a starting point.
“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.”