Recent news regarding the Transgender community could have influenced this decision by Bandcamp and others
Online music platform Bandcamp announced Thursday their decision to donate profits for all of their August 4 sales to the Transgender Law Center.
Recently, United States President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that those identifying as transgender would be unable to serve in the military, after having been granted access in previous months. Though no policy has been set, it is believed the military is working to create one. Bandcamp’s news came on the heels of the announcement in what is an opposition to the announcement. The site partnered with more than 200 labels and artists in order to donate profits to the Transgender Law Center (TLC).
Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.
Bandcamp listed the participating parties on their website and, in addition to those listed, many more added their name to the growing list in the comments. Some of the labels and bands were donating their profits from Friday, but many more were listed that they would be donating their sales through the weekend.
In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale today, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable.
The site wrote in a separate post:
Regardless of what you purchase, Bandcamp will be donating 100 [percent] of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center.
Though some labels and artists were listed, some of the bands decided to donate sales from select albums including digital and physical sales. Bands like A Sound of Thunder, Alice Bag & the Sissybears, ANIKA, b.trix, BSNSS CLSS, Captured Tracks, Car Seat Headrest, Circuits, Crooked Face, Devin Hoff, Don’t Panic Records, ella guro, Eric Benoit, Gareth Hardwick, Gold Flake Paint, Julius Eastman, kranky, Leaving Records, Merge Records, Natiform, Numero Group, Sarah Hennies, SLEAZY, Static Noise Bird, Tara Jane O’Neil, and Third Kind Records are all among the groups providing special incentives for their sales. They released a project early, unreleased tracks, an exclusive vinyl, new singles and even sold hot sauce.
There were many more bands and labels that announced their partnership or exclusive content with the sales. Though this list isn’t comprehensive, the Bandcamp page has a list of most of the bands participating.
Transgender Law Center
The TLC, based in California, “works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.” They do so by using a multitude of programs including their Detention Project, Legal Information Helpline, Movement-Building, Positively Trans (T+), TLC@SONG, and TRUTH. You can read more about the programs on their website.
As of the writing of this post, Bandcamp estimates nearly $700,000 of music was purchased for August 4. Of that amount, Bandcamp’s share–12 percent–goes directly to TLC and the rest will go to the artists, but “many of whom will be donating their share of sales as well.”
Bandcamp added that they heard from individuals who suggested they “stay neutral” and “just sell music.” To that, they wrote:
an attack against any marginalized community is an attack against all of us. We believe we have a moral obligation to oppose such attacks, and we will always happily embrace the amazing opportunity we have to rally others to do the same.