In response to recent events, BANDCAMP have announced that they will be donated 100% of their sales to NAACP on Juneteenth (19th June).
Juneteenth is a very important date to remember; it was that day in 1865 that the remaining African-American slaves were freed from the Confederacy. CEO Ethan Diamond has posted a statement about the company’s new move: “The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.“
He continues: “So this coming Juneteenth (June 19, from midnight to midnight PDT) and every Juneteenth hereafter, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. We’re also allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.“
Read the full statement here!