An Update on Friday’s Fundraiser for the Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center

We want to thank everyone who participated in today’s fundraiser for the Transgender Law Center. Bandcamp’s community of artists, fans, and labels once again stood with us to enthusiastically voice a commitment to equal rights for all, and oppose the marginalization of the LGBT+ community.

Bandcamp Livefeed

The live sales feed on Bandcamp’s home page, at around noon today.

With a few hours left to go (the party ends at midnight PST), we estimate that fans will have bought nearly $700,000 worth of music today. All of our share of that (~12%) goes directly to TLC. The remainder goes to the labels and artists, many of whom will be donating their share of sales as well. Artists and labels pledged their support so quickly that it was often difficult to keep up, but we’d like to extend a deep, heartfelt thanks to ANTI-, ATO, Merge, Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, Hyperdub, Polyvinyl, Car Seat Headrest, clipping., Frankie Cosmos, 12XU, Bella Union, Caribou, Deathwish, Exploding in Sound, Hardly Art, and the hundreds more who joined us. Your support and commitment is inspiring.

We also would like to thank NPR, Spin, Pitchfork, Metal Sucks, AVClub, Billboard, Invisible Oranges, Noisey, Fast CompanyNewsweek, Forbes, TLC itself, and Cyndi Lauper for spreading the word about the fundraiser, and helping to raise awareness about this issue.

We did hear from a few individuals who suggested that we “stay neutral” and “just sell music.” To those people we say this: 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.

11 Comments

  1. Frank Santorelli
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so very much for this! I have purchased and gifted albums today, and I’m so glad it’s for such a wonderful cause!

  2. Sean Prunka
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bandcamp. Thank you so much!
    For what you did today and for this bit at the end of the article

    “We did hear from a few individuals who suggested that we “stay neutral” and “just sell music.” To those people we say this: 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.”

    THANK YOU!

  3. Posted August 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Everyone at Bandcamp is amazing, everyone who bought something these past 20 hours is amazing, everyone who donates is amazing, i’m glad the community can stand behind something like this when there are others in times of hardship.

    “We did hear from a few individuals who suggested that we “stay neutral” and “just sell music.” To those people we say this: 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.” This couldn’t have been said better.

  4. Posted August 5, 2017 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Amazing! Well done to all involved. I released an EP to support the event and it quickly become my highest earning album to date. Such amazing generosity.
    Might this sort of thing happen again? There are so many amazing charities that we could be supporting. Perhaps yearly, or twice a year?

  5. ginagenius
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    LOVE THIS, AND LOVE YOUR RESPONSE TO THOSE OPPOSED TO IT!

  6. Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for organizing this!

  7. Posted August 5, 2017 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Silence is as bad as complicity sometimes. Thank you for putting inclusiveness and acceptance before profits once again Bandcamp.

  8. Grateful
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Bandcamp, for being a good ally to us transgender folks. Support like this means the world to us, even though many of us won’t stand up to say that.

    I’ll definitely continue to purchase music here and encourage my friends to do the same <3

  9. Posted August 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m trans, and I’m an artist. I just want to say thanks.

  10. Posted August 7, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Great cause. Our label has been trying to donate it’s proceeds via the link in this article but for some reason it’s not opening. I’ve tried several different browsers. What am I doing wrong?

  11. Posted August 9, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Great news Bandcamp – thanks for the update! Lake Ruth was able to raise $50, which we donated today. Thank you for leading on such an important issue.

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