Bandcamp is rolling out with a new paid streaming service.
Amidst the pandemic, many musicians struggle to maintain a steady income with the indefinite halt on gigs and shows in major cities across the world. Bandcamp offers a new solution for artists,with Bandcamp Live, a ticketed streaming service.
"Bandcamp Live is the next step in our effort to help our community thrive during this crazy time. Streaming will never replace the experience of in-person performances, but we believe it’s the next best thing, and will provide artists with a powerful tool to build and connect with their fans both now, and when Covid is behind us and we’re all out enjoying the magic of live music once again," said Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond in an official statement.
It's true! Bandcamp Live is a new ticketed live streaming service integrating merch and everything else you love about Bandcamp. Read more here:https://t.co/2gnE4kCZTK— bandcamp (@Bandcamp) November 17, 2020
Staying true to their artist-friendly business model, musicians will be able to perform and connect with their fans, all on their own terms via Bandcamp Live. Artists can set their own ticket prices, with Bandcamp taking only 10% of the sales but only from 31 March 2021 onwards.
Fully integrated with the music company's existing online platform, fans will be notified automatically about their favourite artists' shows, and artists will be able to put their existing music and merchandise on a "virtual merch table" during the livestream. There is also chatbox feature available, where fans and artists can freely engage with one another.
Bandcamp Live launched on 17 November with a roster of notable indie artists, including Brin, (Liv).e, Bobby Oroza, Cloud Nothings, and more, lined up to perform. The service will be available for more artists in the coming months. Check out the online performances lined up here.
This comes as the latest in Bandcamp's efforts to support artists during the pandemic, following Bandcamp Fridays where the company waives their revenue share every first Friday of the month, giving artists full profit from their music.
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