With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation of live events and festivals to avoid mass gatherings as social distancing measures are being put in place, artists are going to be without a large share of their income for the foreseeable future.
In a bid to help musicians claw back lost earnings, music streaming and hosting website, Bandcamp, have announced that they will waive their revenue share on Friday March 20th. This will mean 100% of digital sales will go directly to the artist during this trying time, and Bandcamp are inviting people to support their favourite bands if they are in a position to do so.
Bandcamp Co-Founder and CEO, Ethan Diamond shared the following statement:
“The Covid-19 pandemic is in full force, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are being canceled for the foreseeable future. With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is now an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it. The good news is that we’re already seeing many fans going above and beyond to support artists across Bandcamp.
To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.
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.
It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us on Friday and through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time.”
Head to Bandcamp.com for more details on how you can help support artists and musicians during the pandemic.
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