Bandcamp is once again offering to waive its share of revenue generated for music sales on its site on three days in the coming months, the company announced in a blog post. The first Friday’s of May, June and July -- May 1 (this Friday), June 5 and July 3 -- the company will not take a cut of sales from midnight to midnight Pacific time, with all money going directly to artists and labels.
Bandcamp has done this a handful of times in the past, most recently on March 20, just as the coronavirus pandemic began shutting down states and events -- including all touring and live concerts -- across the country. In 24 hours, fans spent $4.3 million on 800,000 items (music and merch), or roughly 15 times the usual amount of sales on the site in a given day.
At the peak of purchasing, the company said it saw 11 items per second flying off its digital shelves. Bandcamp accounts for artists are free, and the company normally takes a 15% cut on digital music sales and a 10% cut on merch items.