Bandcamp Honors Juneteenth, Donating its Share of Sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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Today is Juneteenth. In recognition and in support of racial justice and progressive change, Bandcamp will allocate 100% of its share of all sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund all day—and the streaming platform has pledged to do the same annually.

Fans of the streaming platform will remember this isn’t Bandcamp’s first revenue-based fundraiser: Just months ago its shares were waived so artists struggling during the pandemic could get a greater share of the profit from the purchases of their music or merch.

Bandcamp announced it is also “allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.”

In a statement about the fundraiser, Bandcamp writes:

“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. We’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we build to empower them, who we promote through the Bandcamp Daily, our relationships with local artists and organizations through our Oakland space, how we operate as a team, and who and how we hire.”

In selecting which artists you’ll support that day, you also have the choice to double or even triple down: There’s scores of Black artists to choose from, plus many artists and labels are donating their own shares of sales to BLM or Black trans initiatives, too.

We’ve pulled just a few releases to highlight below. There’s many more to discover, though—spend some time browsing to plan tomorrow’s buys!

Luaka Bop, the label run by David Byrne of the Talking Heads, is donating its share of sales to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Slovenly Records is donating 19% of sales to orgs fighting for racial justice.

“Donating all proceeds of the last 40 copies of orange vinyl to Black Voters Matter fund.”