Once again, Bandcamp
is proving themselves to be champions of the people. After having already donated a Friday's proceeds to the ACLU in response to the Muslim travel ban earlier this year, Bandcamp isn't letting up on showing the POTUS Puff know how they feel about his administration's policies. This Friday, August 4th, Bandcamp will be donating 100 percent of their cut of sales to the Transgender Law Center in protest of Donald Trump's intended ban on transgender people serving in the US military. You know what that means? If you don't already, you should definitely be buying music on Bandcamp this Friday. In all honesty, you should really buy music on Bandcamp anyways (it's just a really good idea), but if you need convincing, this is the time to do it.
On Bandcamp Daily, the company's staff issued this statement: "Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration's cynical, discriminatory agenda." You can read the full post here
If I wasn't already a fan of Bandcamp, I definitely am now. Sometimes you get statements from companies that voice ‘concerns' or ‘discontent' with policies like this and go no further, but when you start using fiery words like "capricious declaration" and "cynical, discriminatory agenda" followed by a donation of 100 percent of a day's revenue to make a difference, you know that they aren't pulling punches here. And it's just as well that we've come to expect this kind of staunch, unapologetic approach from companies like Bandcamp, who set out with an unshakable goal in mind. For them, it was to make sure artists get paid directly by their fans for the music they create, but as they've grown, so too has the scope of their mission. Cheers to you, Bandcamp.