- Bandcamp will donate 100% of its sales to NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Juneteenth this year and in the future.
Bandcamp has stepped up and will donate 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund every Juneteenth. The organization has “a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education.”
Bandcamp will also give an additional $30,000 per year to “partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.” Their statement also named George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all those affected by the violence in the U.S.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates June 19, 1865 the day that marked the effective end of slavery in the United States, almost two and a half years since the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.
“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,” said in a statement.
Bandcamp continued, “Beyond that, we encourage everyone in the Bandcamp community to look for ways to support racial equality in your own local community, and as a company we’ll continue to look for more opportunities to support racial justice, equality and change.”
Bandcamp had previously waived their fees for 24 hours to support independent musicians amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to serve the community.