The basic service is free. There are no signup costs, and no listing fees.
We make money via a revenue share on sales: 15% on digital, 10% on merch.
Yes, the revenue share on digital drops from 15% to 10% as soon as you reach $5,000 USD in sales (and stays there, provided you’ve made at least $5,000 in the past 12 months).
The revenue share rate is based on sales to your PayPal email address, not your Bandcamp account. So if you’re a label and have five artist accounts all using the same PayPal address, your rate will be calculated by looking at the combined sales of all five of those artists. Power in numbers!
No. Shipping and tax, if applicable, are not included when calculating the share on merch.
No, processing fees are separate and typically range between 4 and 6%. Please see the details here, including tips on what you can do to minimize those fees.
Definitely. Some people sell higher priced items like super deluxe packages or beat licenses through Bandcamp, and with name-your-price we occasionally see superfans paying big bucks for a single item (thanks mom!). That’s why the revenue share only applies to the first $100 of an item (or the item total when more than one of that item is purchased).
When a fan makes a purchase, the money flows directly from them into whatever PayPal account you specify (Bandcamp doesn’t hold your money).
As you sell on Bandcamp, we track your revenue share balance, and when a sale comes along that’s less than or equal to your balance, that sale goes to Bandcamp. Let’s look at an example. Say you’re at the 10% rate, and you sell an album for $10. All $10 of that sale goes straight to you, but your revenue share balance (the amount you owe Bandcamp) is now $1. Then you sell another album for $10. All $10 of that sale again goes straight to you, and your balance is now $2. As more orders come in, the payments go to you and your balance continues to accumulate by 10% of each sale. Eventually, the value of a sale will be less than the amount owed to Bandcamp (in this example, that would be the tenth sale). When that happens, the sale goes to Bandcamp and the balance you owe is reduced by that amount. You can view your current balance at any time by exporting your sales history from the Sales section of your Tools page.
You can find more information about revenue sharing and your sales history over here.
Bandcamp Pro – Our monthly Pro option offers several great additional features, including batch upload for queueing up an entire album’s worth of material at a time, private streaming for giving the press exclusive access to unreleased tracks and albums, custom domains for a touch of added professionalism, and Google Analytics integration for obsessing over even more stats. more info
Download codes – Download codes are unique codes good for a download of a track or album. Generate them for any of your tunes on Bandcamp, then send them out via email or print them up and bundle them with your merch. Every account comes with 200 codes to try out. You can either buy more for a small fee (from 1.5¢ to 3¢ each, depending on quantity), or earn more by selling (we add 1,000 codes for every $500 USD in sales). more info
Download Credits – Every Bandcamp account comes with 200 downloads per month of tracks or albums that you’re giving away (meaning you’ve set them to free, or let-fan-name-price with no minimum and the fan enters zero). Once each month, we look at your download credits, and if you have less than 200 remaining, we bump you back up to 200. If that won’t cut it (because you’re planning a big free download campaign, for example), you can either buy more (they’re 1.5-3¢ each, depending on quantity), or earn more by selling (we add 1,000 credits for every $500 USD in sales).
We want our pricing to be as clear as possible. There’s a frustrating lack of transparency in this industry, with many services requiring you to comb through fine print to see what you’ll really be paying. If any of the above doesn’t make sense to you, please get in touch. We’ll happily answer your questions and use them to keep improving this page.