The music industry’s performative support of the Black Lives Matter movement has been called into question over the last week. It was pointed out that most labels were swift to embrace the #BlackoutTuesday campaign but failed to acknowledge their history of profiting off black art and culture while locking black artists into exploitative contracts and predatory deals.
Today, Bandcamp is waiving its June 5 revenue share, so fans can be sure that if they’re streaming music by black artists, those musicians will be seeing their income. On top of that, many labels and producers are donating their revenue share to racial justice movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Browse some of the selected artists to stream on Bandcamp today below, and check out the extensive, 1,000-strong list of black artists and producers here. Scroll down to see how and where some labels will be donating to.
Ninja Tune (Little Dragon, Floating Points, Diplo, Bonobo, Peggy Gou, Run the Jewels, and more) is donating its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Rough Trade Records is making the entire Parquet Courts discography available on their new Bandcamp page for the first time today. The label is making a donation to Black Lives Matter.
Rough Trade Publishing is has released a new compilation Talk – Action = Zero, with all proceeds going to benefit Black Lives Matter.
Hyperdub is giving its label income to Black Lives Matter and related causes.