About us

Bandcamp is an online record store and music community where passionate fans discover, connect with, and directly support the artists they love.

Our mission

Smoking Time Jazz Club
Smoking Time Jazz Club // Peter Broussard

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.

A pie chart showing that 82% goes to the artist/label share, about 12% goes to Bandcamp’s share, and a small sliver goes to payment fees. payment fees Bandcamp’s share artist/label share

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 $1.3 billion using Bandcamp. In the past year alone, they’ve spent $194 million on 14.1 million digital albums, 10.7 million tracks, 1.7 million vinyl records, 800,000 CDs, 350,000 cassettes, and 50,000 t-shirts.

Here’s what they’re picking up right now:

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      Please come visit our record store and performance space in Oakland, California, where you can listen to an album or two (by yourself or in one of our couples-only listening booths), and hopefully catch one of our free, all-ages shows.

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      Open Mon–Fri from noon–7pm at 1901 Broadway, Oakland, California, just steps away from the 19th Street BART station. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of upcoming events.

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