In exchange for giving independent artists and labels a platform from which to get their music out to the world, Bandcamp usually takes a 15% cut of each sale. Today, however, in recognition of the fact that many musicians are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic—thanks to cancelled gigs and tours, and the fact that people are (wisely) staying out of crowded public places like record shops—the company is waiving its revenue share.
A statement on the Bandcamp site reads, in part:
We recognize that plenty of music fans are also seeing their livelihoods disrupted by this virus, but if you’re lucky enough to be in a position to spare some funds (or find yourself in that position in the coming months), please consider sharing your good fortune by buying music and merchandise directly from artists on Bandcamp. Today, Bandcamp’s share of sales will also go to the artists and labels you choose to support, and as always, it will reach them in 24-48 hours.
Bandcamp will be waiving its revenue percentage until midnight PST, which gives you plenty of time to support the artists you already love and also find new favourites.
There are many Vancouver artists with music on Bandcamp. Click here to find them.