Last Friday, May 1st, Bandcamp waived all of its vendor fees for 24 hours, allowing all money spent on the site to go direct to artists and labels. (They first did this in late March.) The platform hit a new record when users bought $7.1 million in music, almost doubling March’s figure of $4.3 million. Around 800,000 releases were purchased, or 15 times the usual amount sold on a Friday.
Bandcamp will hold two more fee-free Fridays this year: June 5th and July 3rd.
We put together a list of Bandcamp releases for sale last week, and you can find our Buyer’s Guide here. For more on their ongoing campaign to support artists, check out the COVID-19 post on their official site. And keep an eye out for our latest Bandcamp Friday Roundup this week.