Bandcamp is an online record store and music community where passionate fans discover, connect with, and directly support the artists they love.
Early in the development of his autobiography, Prince told his co-writer:
Music is healing. Write that down first.
He said he wanted this to be the book’s guiding principle, and that same principle guides and motivates our work at Bandcamp. Because if music heals, then clearly a system should exist that helps the broadest possible range of artists share that power with the world. So we built Bandcamp to directly connect artists and their fans, and make it easy for fans to support artists equitably so that they can keep making music.
Bandcamp’s mission is to help spread the healing power of music by building a community where artists thrive through the direct support of their fans, and where fans gather to explore the amazing musical universe that their direct support helps create.
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How Bandcamp works
When a fan buys something on Bandcamp, an average of 82% of the money goes to the artist or their label — typically in 24-48 hours — and the remainder covers our revenue share and payment processor fees.
Since we only make money when artists make a lot more money, our interests remain aligned with those of our community. It’s a straightforward, artists-first approach, and one we’re happy to say works well. Fans have paid artists and their labels $774 million using Bandcamp, and $220 million in the past year. In the past year, fans have bought 16.0 million digital albums, 6.6 million tracks, 2.3 million vinyl records, 1 million CDs, 550,000 cassettes, and 500,000 t-shirts. Here’s what they’re picking up right now:
A selection of unsolicited approbation follows:
Good vibrations: how Bandcamp became the heroes of streaming
Bandcamp is all about interaction – fans are invited to leave reviews, share their collections and send and receive messages from artists they follow. ‘People feel like their money is going somewhere, and not getting lost in this big black box of royalty nightmares.’
A Moment to Rethink How We Support Music
[Bandcamp] has brought back the gratification of picking up an album from a merch table or calling to order a book from a locally owned bookstore. The feeling has less to do with the fuzzy values of physical media versus digital goods but, instead, the relationship that these exchanges cultivate.
Anti-Algorithmic Music: How Bandcamp Is Helping Artists Beat The Odds
[Bandcamp] is a place where you can buy an artist some groceries or a beer or some time to make new art. It’s a messy online record store where you can stumble around and, in a roundabout way, find what you like, not what AI guesses you’ll be interested in. And now, it’s served a role for unprecedented activism on behalf of…musicians and fans.
This Is How Much More Money Artists Earn From Bandcamp Compared to Streaming Services
Greg Anderson, guitarist for Los Angeles drone-metal band Sunn O)))) and co-founder of the label Southern Lord, says his band and label each usually make more per month through Bandcamp than from all streaming services combined.
Want to Help Out Indie Artists? Shop at Bandcamp
Bandcamp — known for its human-not-algorithm-generated new music recommendations and providing break-out opportunities for the likes of Frankie Cosmos and Carseat Headrest — has always served as a kind of “fair trade” alternative to the sleek, profit-hungry machine of [streaming services].
Who we are
Here’s what we looked like in the halcyon days of January 2020, when we could still safely pack ourselves into a fisheye lens:
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