By CLTure News
June 4, 2020
This year on Juneteenth (June 19), the anniversary of the day African Americans were informed of their liberation in the last former Confederate State where slavery was abolished (Texas), Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their share from sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. A new yearly occurrence moving forward, the online music platform has also committed to donate $30,000 per year to organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color in addition to supporting the longstanding NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Bandcamp waived their fees for artists on March 20 amidst the nationwide stay-at-home orders and sold 4.3 million in music and merch. Following the success of that campaign, the Oakland, California based company reached $7.1 million in sales for musicians and artists across the world on May 1.
“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,” Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond expressed through a statement on the website.
You can support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund by donating directly or by purchasing music and merch on June 19 through Bandcamp. The music platform will also be waiving their fees for artists on Friday, June 5 and Friday, July 3. Check out our list of Charlotte area musicians and artists you can support.
Learn more about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940.