This Friday, Bandcamp Will Donate All Profits Directly to Artists
With a myriad of canceled or postponed tours and Amazon’s decision to temporarily stop shipping physical media, the coronavirus is taking a major bite out of the metal industry’s economy right now. Some artists, like Devin Townsend, have launched crowdfunding campaigns to try and stem the tide of that lost income, while plenty of others have put emphasis on buying merch right now for the same reason.
So: if you’re looking for a way to help out your favorite metal act, you’ll be pleased to learn that this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight PDT), Bandcamp will be donating 100% of its profits directly to the artists on its platform.
Says the service in a statement:
“For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not. 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 new, creative ways to provide support.”
At this point, you’d be fairly hard pressed to name a notable metal label that isn’t on Bandcamp. Like, just off the top of my head, there are Bandcamp pages for….
- Brutal Panda
- Metal Blade
- Profound Lore
- 20 Buck Spin
- Unique Leader
…and that’s to say nothing of individual artist pages, which are frequently available for signed and unsigned bands alike. My point being, surely, there is SOMETHING available on Bandcamp that you like, and purchasing it this Friday will be a real mitzvah.
Here is a link to every Bandcamp release tagged “metal,” but it goes without saying that you can obviously use the site’s “search” function as well. Again, this offer is good from from midnight to midnight PDT this Friday, March 20. And do help spread the word if you can.