Bandcamp to hold second annual Juneteenth fundraiser


Bandcamp will donate 100% of its share of sales this Friday (18 June) to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Bandcamp has announced its second annual Juneteenth fundraiser. The music site will be donating 100% of its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund this Friday (18 June). The proceeds will help support the organisation and its work promoting racial justice. The fundraiser will run from midnight to midnight PST.

The site held its first Juneteenth fundraiser last summer. Bandcamp says it was a response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the “long-standing structural oppression, state-sanctioned violence, and daily racism faced by Black people and people of color, including many of our fellow employees and artists in the Bandcamp community.” Juneteenth, aka 19 June, is an annual holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the US.

“We’ve been inspired by and joined in the growing call for racial justice and equity, and have celebrated the many new reforms, practices, and policies that bring us closer to a world where Black people and people of color can thrive without fear of violence and oppression,” says Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond in a fundraiser announcement that was shared to the site. “At the same time, we are nowhere near where we need to be, and there is still much work to be done.”

Last month, Black Bandcamp – the Google sheet formed between a group of friends that went viral overnight and grew into a community-based platform – relaunched as Black Artist Database. The platform has gone onto become a vital resource for the music industry and a showcase of Black music, musicians and other creatives. Find out more about the relaunch in this interview with co-founder Niks Delanancy.

Read: Juneteenth –15 essential records by Black artists to buy on Bandcamp today and listen back to our Bandcamp Week takeover.