Bandcamp to donate June 19 sales to NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Jun 4 2020, 10:29 pm

Bandcamp has announced plans to donate 100% of its share of sales on June 19 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The platform says it is standing “with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day,” and stated that “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.”

Bandcamp will continue to donate to the NAACP every June 19 and is allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.

Additionally, the organization has pledged to continue promoting diversity and opportunity through Bandcamp Daily, products, relationships with local artists and organizations, how they operate as a team, and who and how they hire.

This initiative is in addition to one previously planned for June 5 that suspends all revenue fees to support musicians facing troubles due to COVID-19.

Various artists have decided to use June 5 to donate to organizations in support of racial justice and change, including Seattleite Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, who announced that all June 5 proceeds from their Bandcamp will be donated to Campaign Zero and BlackLivesMatter.

A full list of artists who are donating can be found on the Bandcamp website.

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