Jobs at Bandcamp
How We Work
There is no Bandcamp office. Our team is sprinkled throughout the world, with arms, cells, pods, what-have-yous in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Montreal, British Columbia, the British Isles, Los Angeles, the Carolinas, Pittsburgh, Vermont, Mexico City and Berlin. We get together all day and night on Slack, design and document everything on a wiki, do a short daily hangout that is exactly like the start of Hill Street Blues, and meet in person a few times a year for strategizing, working head-to-head, and laser bowling. If you do not have a strong social structure outside of work then employment at Bandcamp will likely lead to heart disease and an early death. We’re hiring!
Designer / Art Director
Bandcamp is seeking a talented individual for our design team to help us create and direct artwork, design new editorial features, improve existing ones and make the editorial on Bandcamp a shining beacon of wonder for all who gaze upon it.
You will design. You will direct photography and illustration. You will have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of artists and millions of readers and fans each and every day.
- You are a graphic/visual designer and art director.
- You live in any part of the world, but your workday overlaps with GMT-5.
- You are able to direct artwork, illustration and photography.
- You understand that design is how a product looks and how it works.
- You thrive when you’re working with a small team in a rapidly-changing environment.
- You work well in a self-directed role with minimal supervision.
- Your work exhibits a refined, clean, contemporary visual aesthetic.
- You know typography and how to use it on the web.
- You have a critical eye and know what makes a standout image.
- You have some experience wrangling photographers and getting great work under tight deadlines.
- You can’t understand why a job posting would list HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, and Dreamweaver as requirements when that’s already obvious. We are joking about Dreamweaver.
- You have a natural curiosity that drives you to learn, research and investigate.
- You are skilled at giving and receiving design criticism and appreciate its importance as part of the creative process.
- You have done some amazing work to date and are certain your best work is still ahead of you.
- You have an irrepressible joie de vivre that permeates your work and elevates it from good to great.
- You are an excellent writer and communicator who enjoys sharing your thoughts and work with your peers.
- You are well versed in using Wordpress or other comparable publishing tools.
- You know HTML and CSS.
- Bonus: You have experience in illustration, photography and/or video.
- Bonus: You have a great network of freelance photographers you can call on, who you know will get the job done.
- Bonus: You are based in the New York City area.
- Your portfolio reflects all of the above.
Please send your resume, portfolio and a brief blurb about yourself and why you want to work at Bandcamp to:
(that’s four letters, not thirty one – please use the first letter of the first word, the second letter of the second word, the third letter of the third word and the fourth letter of the fourth word) and we will get back to you shortly.
Public Relations Manager
Bandcamp is seeking a breathtakingly gifted individual to develop and execute PR strategies for the purposes of 1) attracting every serious music fan (both young and old) with our messages of direct connection and support, and 2) bringing on the top independent and soon-to-be-independent artists and their managers.
You will challenge the assumption that all music must inevitably be rented from a handful of billion dollar tech companies, and that concern for the artist and their ability to continue making music is somehow a secondary issue.
You will strive to make Bandcamp a part of every major story written about the state of the music industry.
When you are not busy promoting the company and our latest product updates, you will look for ways to improve our existing fan and artist-facing messaging, whether it’s on the site, in our emails, or on social media.
You are comfortable doing all of the above yourself, but are also experienced managing an external PR agency, and (at some point in the future) your own internal team.
- You are an amazing writer. People other than your mom frequently ask you why you’re not writing full time. You are obsessive about your copy and would sooner release the cyanide capsule hidden in your false tooth than a press release with an it’s/its error.
- You already know Bandcamp well and have a solid understanding of our business and where we fit in the market, and you absolutely cannot wait to tell our story to a wider audience.
- You are a natural, experienced public speaker, and are comfortable representing Bandcamp in one-on-one briefings with top-tier journalists, or in conference presentations to thousands. You do not get nervous, because you are well prepared and have done it a dozen times already and smoked it the last 11 times.
- You are happy to hear that even though you are more than capable of the aforementioned smoking, you will not be attending a bunch of conferences. Nor will you be sitting on a bunch of panels. Nor will you be working on a bunch of event sponsorships.
- In person, you are engaged, thoughtful, and positive. You are polished but not slick.
- You recognize that Bandcamp has grown to its current position of service-beloved-by-nearly-every-indie-musician-and-label-throughout-the-world while spending zero on marketing and PR, and that this low-key approach is part of our identity.
- You have already read this and this.
- You have six or more years of public relations experience at a major media company.
- You have connections to tech, music tech, and business journalists, but your strongest contacts are at mainstream publications like The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and several others that we would have listed if we knew half as much about this stuff as you.
- Ideally, you already live in, or are willing to relocate to, Oakland. Somewhat less ideally, you already live in, or are willing to relocate to, Brooklyn. Less ideally still, you live anywhere else in the world but are willing to have a work schedule that overlaps Pacific Standard Time by at least 4 hours each day.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bandcamp is looking for a clever, convivial individual to join our interdisciplinary, ultradedicated, unusually well loved support team. You are a superb and compassionate communicator, obsessively detail oriented, and possess a strong desire to get to the bottom of how things work (or why they don’t). You are willing to spend the majority of your day crafting helpful messages because you, like us, believe that customer support is not a necessary evil, but rather a critical business function as powerful as any product feature.
- Use your expert knowledge of the site to field email inquiries from an amazing but not always 100% sober customer base of artists, labels, and fans.
- Follow new project developments to stay several steps ahead of potential support issues.
- Work closely with other teams to identify, report, and correct usability snags (and other surprises).
- Hone our help docs and internal processes with the objective of putting yourself out of a job reducing the support team’s load.
- Your writing is impeccable. Full stop.
- You are able to retain an enormous, ever-changing set of specific details, and live for the little blast of dopamine that comes from connecting the pieces.
- Extra credit: in addition to your sublime control of the English language, you are also proficient in French or Japanese.
- Extra extra credit: you are already a Bandcamp user (applicants with both Fan and Artist accounts are entitled to double drink tickets).
To apply, send a resume and writing samples (and/or a link to your blog) to the address given when you append the class obscure-movie-reference to this tag.