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Fans have now given artists $100 million USD through Bandcamp.

Fans give artists $3.5 million every month on the site, and buy more than 16,000 records a day, which works out to about one every five seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (there goes one now). In terms of units sold, Bandcamp’s share of the record industry is roughly the same as BMW’s share of the auto market back when Steve Jobs said this. Furthermore, sales on Bandcamp are up 30% in the last 12 months, at a time when the rest of the industry is down 11%. We see this growth as proof that if you give fans easy ways to directly support the artists they love, they’ll take you up on it every time. So a big, big thanks to everyone supporting artists on Bandcamp, and to all the artists and labels posting great music too. We wouldn’t be here without you.

P.S. We worked out of the public library for the first four years of Bandcamp’s existence. In May 2009, fans gave artists $12,823.12. It was the first time we’d crossed the $10K-in-a-month mark. I vividly recall sitting across from Kevin and Shawn,* being quietly stoked.

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*Not pictured: me behind camera, Joe and Neal on irc.

43 Comments

  1. Posted March 6, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Bandcamp. Keep on innovating (but please don’t change things on us too much)!

  2. galley99
    Posted March 6, 2015 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Every indie musician on the planet should offer their music on Bandcamp. It’s a far better experience for both artists and fans!

  3. Richard Kahn
    Posted March 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!!! Hard work DOES pay off

  4. Fred
    Posted March 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    how much have you donated back to that library since then? did the library put a “bandcamp was started here” plaque on that spot?

  5. LUCENABLUES
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  6. Stefan Leetz
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderfull place Bandcamp is.
    Congratulations!

  7. Posted March 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the best way to buy and sell music. https://weatnu.bandcamp.com WEATNU Records

  8. Posted March 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Keep it up! Its sites like this that put the music marketing back into the artist hands.

  9. Posted March 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Very happy to hear things are going well. I wish more labels would put their stuff up. It’s my preferred way to purchase vinyl, since I can get a lossless download in addition to the record.

  10. Posted March 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Grats! You guys are seriously the best option for buying digital music.

  11. Benny B
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Bravo Bandcamp.

    Love you guys!

  12. anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Well deserved.

    The “music industry” can go eff themselves.

  13. Posted March 14, 2015 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    MERCI!
    Thanks for your support !

    Musically,
    Sequentia Legenda

  14. Posted March 14, 2015 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on this milestone! As far as I am concerned Bandcamp is going to be the future and most important alternative to streaming services. I’ve aquired a lot of good music I simply would not have known without your service. Good job!

  15. Posted March 14, 2015 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Keep up the good work!

  16. Posted March 14, 2015 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I do enjoy using bandcamp unlike any other music site. Being able to hear a whole song is so helpful in finding the music I want to buy. You’ve done great things here, congratulations!

  17. Steve
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Awesome! I really hope this website stays online for a long time…

  18. Lonnie
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Just wondering if Bandcamp has gone public as a stock option and if so what is it listed as.

  19. istillsuckatguitar
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Great job. Not only do I love the music, but as a former record business parasite, I love to see the independence these artists have. Cheers!

  20. Posted March 14, 2015 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Bandcamp,
    Wow, that’s amazing news about the fans giving us artists up to $3.5 million every month. It’s a big, big thanks to you guys at Bandcamp. What’s the next step? Keep up the excellent work! All the best

  21. Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    ONE……ONE person has paid for the music. 100 Million….pfft….

  22. Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Congrats Bandcamp!!

  23. Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Bandcamp….people say that the Record Industry is dead and here you go and do this. People have blamed downloading as the cause of the record industries decline but here you have proved the opposite in that you have given the music public what they want which is good music that you can download at very good quality and at a reasonable price….well done Bandcamp

  24. Terri
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Awesome news, and keep it UP!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!!! I honestly do not know what I would be doing without Bandcamp.

  25. TC
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Found some great music through Bandcamp.
    It’s a great way to almost directly support musicians and for that, alternative labels (big thanks to these guys as well!)
    iTunes is ok but too much focused on commercial stuff (plus the artists get not so much, moneywise)
    I strongly hope ans wish that Bandcamp stays, for a very long time!!!

  26. Posted March 14, 2015 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful!

  27. pau
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    you can redownload things? in multiple formats? band camp forevaaaaa

  28. Syukri
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Keep Up the Good Work!👏

  29. jonathan martinez
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    awesome!! saludos desde tijuana,y mochense con un millonsito ahunke sea!!!

  30. David Spero Peligro
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Still waiting for my 100 Mil windfall :) I love the site Bandcamp Peoples!
    D

  31. bobjr94
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I always look for music first on bandcamp, then amazon, cd baby or itunes. I also like bandcamp gives you the options of high and low bitrate mp3, aac and flac.

  32. Ron I
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Bandcamp is the best. Whenever someone complains to me about the state of the music industry and labels as an excuse for not paying for anything, I educate them about Bandcamp. I’ll gladly hand over money to the artists, especially if it funds the creation of more great music.

    Thanks for having the vision and the b@lls, Bandcamp.

  33. Posted March 15, 2015 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    This is Good News…I wish I seen some of the funds myself (Wink Wink) But yeah I love bandcamp and its format and how my music looks on the site. Keep up the good work guys.

  34. khurzin
    Posted March 15, 2015 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Congratulation Bandcamp thanks for encouraging upcoming artist to have their tracks uploaded online.

  35. pisceansphere
    Posted March 15, 2015 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Sweeeeet!! & Thank you :) <3

  36. Chouette Elf
    Posted March 15, 2015 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    I can only be as equally happy as those who know what 100 million can do for a artist. I’m thankful and smile to all who congratulate our success. One million is perfect.

  37. Posted March 15, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I can’t recommend BC enough. You guys are the future of music. Keep up the GREAT work!

  38. Posted March 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Congratulation Bandcamp!! :)

  39. Fabrizo
    Posted March 16, 2015 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    WOAH! I’m very happy to be a “small” part of this great event!

  40. Posted March 16, 2015 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Congrats

  41. Posted March 16, 2015 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Kill the music industry, kill it with fire!
    Music is nobody’s to own and control

    Good work, Bandcamp :)

  42. Posted March 16, 2015 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Merci Madame BandCamp

  43. Jeff
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Excellent ty.

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