Today Bandcamp is donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Friday, June 18th, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time in honor of Juneteenth to support their ongoing efforts to promote racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. They previously also announced that the next Bandcamp Friday will be on August 6th, and they will continue to hold those on the first Friday of the month for the rest of 2021. Support some artists you love today on Bandcamp, for a good cause.
We held our first Juneteenth fundraiser last year in 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. 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. At the same time, we are nowhere near where we need to be, and there is still much work to be done.
This annual fundraiser is part of our larger, ongoing commitment to racial equity, and we’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we develop, those we promote through the Bandcamp Daily and Bandcamp Radio, how we work together as a team, who and how we hire, and our relationships with organizations local to our Oakland space (some of which we’ve highlighted below).
We hope you’ll help us spread the word about the upcoming fundraiser, and thank you for being a part of the Bandcamp community!
CEO & Co-Founder of Bandcamp
Local racial equity organizations we support:
East Oakland Collective, a community organizing group serving East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity, who have done especially crucial work this past year to support people hit hardest by the pandemic.
East Oakland Youth Development Center, an organization working to develop the social and leadership capacities of East Oakland youth so that they achieve excellence in education, career, and service to their communities.
The Hidden Genius Project, a mentorship and training program that provides technical and community leadership training for Black male high school students and prepares them for leadership careers in technology.
Oakland Black Business Fund, a new Black-led fund that provides capital, technical assistance, and growth strategy to Black-owned businesses, both locally in Oakland and across the U.S.
Oakland Kids First, a community coalition that develops and trains high school leaders to advance racial and educational equity in their schools and community.
On Friday, June 18th, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, we’ll hold our second annual Juneteenth fundraiser where we donate 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The LDF has a long history of effectively enacting change through litigation, advocacy, and public education, and we’re doing this annually in recognition of the fact that real progress towards racial equity requires a sustained, ongoing commitment. We’ll promote the fundraiser to fans the week before June 18th, and hope you’ll help us spread the word.
Also! The next Bandcamp Friday will be on August 6th, and we’ll continue to hold those on the first Friday of the month for the rest of 2021.
All from midnight to midnight Pacific time. For time zone demystification, check out: http://isitbandcampfriday.com/