There is a good chance that buying music is the farthest thing from your thoughts right now, and I can’t say that I blame you. Here in the States, 108,000 people died from COVID-19, and protests against the murder of George Floyd raged during the eighth night. And not one of these socially significant events will stop in the near future.
Personally, music has been a lifesaver throughout all castles and personal struggles. Without streaming services and vinyl, I’m afraid to imagine the state of my already fragile psyche. For this reason, Bandcamp’s monthly cancellation fee was an important opportunity to return the musicians who gave me so much, but continue to struggle as a tour – the main source of income for many – has stopped.
This month is different. In addition to Bandcamp abandoning its share of sales, a long list of artists use their own means to address important issues. Once again, this is a long list that could be found here,
Many donate proceeds to the National Network of Funds on bail, as the police often gather peaceful protesters. Other designated organizations included NAACP and Reclaim the Block. The NAACP will receive another service on June 19, when Bandcamp will donate a reduction in sales directly to the organization.
Throughout the pandemic, Bandcamp artists’ monthly days brought in more sales than any other service history. This became even more remarkable as the number of applications for unemployment benefits rose to 40 million. COVID-19 has had a historically debilitating impact on the music industry. In March, music sales survived my worst week at 60 years old.
The days were a lifeline for many artists, like Bandcamp in general. Check out Recent fork failure artist’s income on the site compared to other streaming services, which, at a minimum, reduce payments to artists. And if you are interested in supporting black artists, labels and producers, this table This is a great place to start, with over 1000 names.
Yes, and while you new Run the Jewels it’s fantastic and available through their website. Technically, it’s free, but while you’re there, you can spend some money on the Merry Defense of the National Guild of Lawyers to support the people who support the arrested protesters.