The spread of COVID-19 and the lockdowns following it has made things even more challenging for independent musicians to make a buck. They've since turned to playing online gigs, merch sales, and streaming to get by.
To help out these artists, Bandcamp has announced on Tuesday (03/17) that they will be waiving their revenue shares on music sales for 24 hours this March 20 (Friday) at midnight PST (or March 20-21 starting at 3 p.m., Philippine time). They will be "rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists' pockets."
To support musicians during the Covid-19 pandemic, Bandcamp is waiving our revenue share on all sales this Friday, March 20, from midnight to midnight PST.— bandcamp (@Bandcamp) March 17, 2020
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"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," Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond writes in a statement.
Gigs are cancelled, here's how you can support your favorite musicians
Here are some acts and their latest offerings on Bandcamp you can help out:
Peril Streep - Silent Battles EP
Sound Architects - Regenesis
AOUI - AOUI
Thirds - YORK1
January - VIVE
Ciudad - Ciudad Forever
Ruru - The Odds
The Mind is a Terrible Thing - Mother Night
Blood Pact - Blood Pact
tidal - life after
Dana Blaze - REVENGE
Irrevocable - Where Is Home?
pillow talk - middle child
Various Artists - Pilipinas Hardcore Vol. 2 Compilation
Polar Lows - Hereafter
Forests - 'Dakota'
mutesite - re
50HUNDRED - SOULS3
Jan Romina - 'On the Line'
Social Climb - 'For You'
Thomas the Death Train - Ordinary People and Exceptional Beasts
Awktard - I'm Conscious
fcj - 'Like the Movies'
Rusty Machines - 'Until'
Marjannah - Istana
At Last Farewell - 'Lucid'
For more recommendations, check out Bandwagon's list of notable releases from 2019.