Bandcamp To Donate 100 Per Cent Of Profits For 24 Hours To The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Amid the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd, U.S. online music company Bandcamp have announced a 24-hour period in which they will donate 100 per cent of their profits to The NAACP Legal Defense Fund “to support racial justice, equality and change”.
In a statement addressing the deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, plus “the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the U.S. and around the world”, the company have stated they will be donating their share of sales made on June 19 between midnight to midnight PDT.
Bandcamp add that they’re allocating an additional $30,000 per year to partner with organisations “that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color”, and will be donating 100 per cent of their proceeds on every June 19 hereafter.
“The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression of people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change,” reads their statement. “We’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we build to empower them, who we promote through the Bandcamp Daily, our relationships with local artists and organizations through our Oakland space, how we operate as a team, and who and how we hire.
“Beyond that, we encourage everyone in the Bandcamp community to look for ways to support racial equality in your own local community, and as a company we’ll continue to look for more opportunities to support racial justice, equality and change.”
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