Music streaming platform and online merch marketplace, Bandcamp has announced plans to waive the revenue shares the company charges on sales this Friday so that music fans can directly support struggling artists.
"The Covid-19 pandemic is in full force, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are being canceled for the foreseeable future," the company’s co-founder and CEO, Ethan Diamond said in a statement posted to the company’s website on Tuesday.
Diamond went on to note that "for many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not."
One of the best ways to support Austin artists reeling from the dual blows of the cancellation of South by Southwest and the closure of local music venues is to buy their music and merchandise.
There’s a good chance that your favorite Austin artist uses Bandcamp. Use the search box at the top of the site’s homepage to find out.
But if you’re looking for suggestions for great artists to support, here are the Bandcamp pages for recent Austin360 Artists of the Month (You can stream their songs before you decide to buy):
Riders Against the Storm
Abhi the Nomad