Today, Stand with Bandcamp to Protect Voting Rights for All

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In just seven weeks, the United States will hold its midterm elections—a vitally important moment that will determine whether the country stays on its current path, or renews its commitment to democracy.

As a community built around the idea of empowering and amplifying individual voices, Bandcamp is doing two things to bolster the democratic process in this historically consequential election.

Voter Registration

First, we’re encouraging U.S. visitors to Bandcamp to register to vote, and helping them do that on our site. The unfortunate fact is that most people don’t vote in midterm elections: only 17% of young people voted in the 2014 midterms, and 40% of eligible voters overall. Turnout for the 2016 presidential election was not much better, with the predictable result being a government that reflects the values and priorities of the very few. We can change this, but only if more of us vote. You can register or find your polling place here.

A Fundraiser to Protect Voting Rights

More immediately, we want to help protect the right to vote itself, which is increasingly under attack by elected officials who seek to stay in power by undemocratically and illegally disenfranchising minorities, young people, and the poor. According to a recent study, 20 states have passed new, restrictive voting laws since 2010, which include arbitrary cutoff dates for early voters, unnecessary burdens on the voter registration process, and a tightening of voter ID requirements. Now more than ever, we need to make sure that every person who wants to exercise their right to vote can do so easily, without hassle, anxiety, or obstruction.

And so today (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds towards the Voting Rights Project, a program led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to advance and protect the right to vote and ensure that right is afforded equally to all.

To participate as a fan, simply purchase music through Bandcamp and we’ll donate our share of the sale to the Voting Rights Project. To participate as an artist or label, send some or all of your share of today’s sales directly to the Voting Rights Project here, and let us know your plan in the comments below so that we can help spread the word.

And of course, if you are a U.S. citizen, register to vote and get out to the polls on November 6th—it’s not hyperbole to say that our future depends on it.

105 Comments

  1. B. Gregory
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for doing this and the LGBT fund raiser last time! I patiently waited until today to purchase numerous albums.

  2. Posted September 28, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I’ll donate any proceeds to the voting rights project… over the whole weekend!
    jamitjames.bandcamp.com

  3. J. Steven
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Donating half of any sales today from either
    https://bleedbinary.bandcamp.com/ or
    https://djmagnum.bandcamp.com

  4. Posted September 28, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Take it all today, 100%! Also, Please buy our records so there is something to donate.

  5. Posted September 28, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Evolfo will be donating all proceeds generated from purchases on our bandcamp today. RIDE ON BANDCAMP! Evolfo: https://evolfo.bandcamp.com/

  6. Posted September 28, 2018 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    We’re late, but we’re in. https://denvermeatpackingco.bandcamp.com/

  7. Posted September 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    NKKNN is in!
    We’ll donate 100% of our share today.
    Thanks Bandcamp for the initiative!

    https://nkknn.bandcamp.com
    indie-rock/post-rock/live-looping from San Francisco

  8. Grex
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Grex (http://grex.bandcamp.com) will be donating today’s artist proceeds, and Geomancy Records (http://geomancy.bandcamp.com) will be donating their label share today.

  9. Posted September 28, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Haze Mage will also be donating 100% of proceeds today.

    http://hazemage.bandcamp.com

    Stoner Metal From Baltimore

  10. Posted September 28, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I will participate: https://jrobbins.bandcamp.com/ … donating 100% of any Bandcamp proceeds today.

  11. Posted September 28, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    This is great! Our EP drops today, and we will donate 100 percent of all proceeds through the week.

  12. Posted September 28, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Astral Spirits is donating 50% of digital & physical sales today! astralspirits.bandcamp.com

  13. Posted September 28, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I will gladly donate 100% of proceeds today: https://dubjay.bandcamp.com

  14. Posted September 28, 2018 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    https://decaycast.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/100-black-brown-and-indigenous-artists-you-should-support-on-bandcamp-for-their-donation-project-this-friday/ made a little list :)

  15. Posted September 28, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Porch Light Apothecary (https://porchlightapothecary.bandcamp.com/) will donate 100% of our sales today… thanks, Bandcamp!

  16. rickydollars
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I will donate 100% of all purchases today to the Voting Rights Project

    https://rickydollars.bandcamp.com/album/reagan-national

    hip hop hip-hop/rap instrumental hip-hop screwed & chopped downtempo experimental instrumental lofi etc

  17. Posted September 28, 2018 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    I’ll donate 100% of sales of my new album “The Trumpet” today. https://mattwhitejazz.bandcamp.com/

  18. Gail George
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    https://gailgeorge.bandcamp.com will donate 100% of any and all sales today as well Bandcamp. Thank you for stepping up in such a powerful way!

  19. Daniel Om
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Really good initiative! Much respect, Bandcamp! I’m gonna purchase some new tunes today.

  20. Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be donating 100% of proceeds on Friday to the Voting Rights Project.

  21. Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    The Sun and the Mirror will offer 50% of proceeds to the voter’s rights project! Thank you for doing this, bandcamp, and thank you for setting it up!

  22. Posted September 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Giving 100% of my sales (minus shipping) from now until the election to the Voting Rights Project! Thank you Bandcamp, for continuing to be involved, active, and AWESOME! xo

  23. Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Le Weekend (leweekend.bandcamp.com) and indulgences (indulgences.bandcamp.com) will donate all our proceeds for sales beginning this Friday through the weekend.

  24. Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    We’ll be donating 50% of all of our physical and digital sales– http://keeledscales.bandcamp.com

  25. Posted September 27, 2018 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I will also donate 100% of my Bandcamp sales this Friday to the Voting Rights Project.

  26. Posted September 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Awesome Bandcamp! I love ya now even more…

  27. jonnydex
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Respect, Bandcamp! Dirt Bikes will definitely be participating and will donate our proceeds on Friday to the Voting Rights Project as well. In fact, we plan to release a new live recording tomorrow, and the opening track “In The Running” (also on our last studio album “Mistakes Make Pretty Patterns”) speaks directly to the issue of voting rights! https://dirtbikes.bandcamp.com

  28. Posted September 27, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m releasing a song from an upcoming album early in support of this. I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the cause on Friday from https://oenos.bandcamp.com/.

  29. Posted September 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    AUM Fidelity is fully on board with this, and will match bandcamp’s contribution for all sales tomorrow. Thank you to the Voting Rights Project for the essential work they’ve been doing for decades. And to bandcamp as well!

  30. Posted September 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Wax Future will be donating 100% of all our bandcamp sales from Friday to Saturday to this cause. Thank you to bandcamp for coordinating and inspiring this action.

  31. Posted September 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be releasing a Bandcamp-exclusive single tomorrow and donating 100% of the proceeds to The Voting Rights Project. https://ericbenoit.bandcamp.com/ Thanks Bandcamp!

  32. Posted September 27, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Mount Goldie will be donating 100% of sales through the weekend: mountgoldie.bandcamp.com

  33. Simon Duhalde
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Bien!
    Hago donación del 100% de mis ventas el día viernes y sábado del disco “Cielo Negro”
    https://simnduhalde.bandcamp.com/

  34. Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I’m in for 100% https://robbendermusic.bandcamp.com/

  35. Jacob Taswell
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I’ll donate 100% of proceeds from Altered Axiom on Friday. https://alteredaxiom.bandcamp.com/

  36. Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    we’re in! will donate 100% all weekend :: https://bobgenghiskhan.bandcamp.com/

  37. Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Galaxxu will also be donating 100%!

    https://galaxxu.bandcamp.com/

  38. Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    i will be donating 100% all weekend as well and will be putting out a special limited edition album just for this occasion: https://dathon.bandcamp.com/

    i love that bandcamp does these fundraisers, i already love the platform as it is but this is just a great bonus. cheers!

  39. Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Solar Halos will donate 100% of sales on Friday. https://solarhalos.bandcamp.com/

  40. Whimsically Macabre Music
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Whimsically Macabre will donate 100% of sales on Friday to the Voting Rights Project. <3 Thank you, Bandcamp.

    https://whimsicallymacabre.bandcamp.com/

  41. Jeff Brown
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    https://jeffbrown1.bandcamp.com will donate 100% on Friday

  42. Posted September 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    We’re in! https://creativevibrations.bandcamp.com

  43. Posted September 26, 2018 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m in 100%. https://matthewyoung.bandcamp.com/album/travelers-advisory

  44. Posted September 26, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I’ll donate all my sales on Friday, too!
    Love you, Bandcamp.

  45. Chase Rayment
    Posted September 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ll also be donating 100% of Friday proceeds at http://chaserayment.bandcamp.com. Thanks for doing this Bandcamp!

  46. Posted September 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I will be donating 100% of Friday sales at chaserayment.bandcamp.com on Friday too. Thanks Bandcamp!

  47. Posted September 26, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    The Hathaway Family Plot is in. All proceeds from Friday’s sales will go to The Voting Rights Project, which is mostly only relevant if my mom decides to buy one of my albums a second time.

  48. Posted September 26, 2018 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    FAITH/VOID will be participating, donating 69% of our proceeds (j/k we’re doing 100%): http://faithvoid.bandcamp.com

  49. Posted September 26, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I will be donating 100% of sales on Friday to the cause as well! https://rhythmrobot.bandcamp.com/

  50. Posted September 26, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Great! Asteroid Belt Studio will donate 50% of proceeds on Friday:)

  51. Posted September 26, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    We are supporting the cause too!

    https://comarecords.bandcamp.com

  52. Posted September 26, 2018 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Bandcamp, smart initiative !

  53. Posted September 26, 2018 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    great initiave! lets make a change happen for the better of the whole world.

  54. Posted September 26, 2018 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Will donate 100% of proceeds as well.
    https://thetransientcreepofolivine.bandcamp.com

  55. Posted September 26, 2018 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Yeeeess!!!

  56. Posted September 26, 2018 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I’ll donate any proceeds this Friday to the Voting Rights Project.

  57. Posted September 26, 2018 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    American Laundromat Records fully supports this initiative and will join Bandcamp in donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Voting Rights Project this Friday.

  58. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m broke af, but I’ll put 50% of my sales in. https://collectionsofdeadsouls.bandcamp.com/ Democracy is worth as much as me eating. Love this, let’s fucking do this.

  59. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    IkeZero here, I’ll participate with donating 100% of our proceeds Friday for Voters Rights Project. https://ikezero.bandcamp.com/

  60. Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Greenleaf Music is honored to co-sign with this initiative.

    https://bandcamp.greenleafmusic.com/

  61. Posted September 25, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Although we are Australia based, Copperfield Records will gladly donate 100% of any sales this Friday, for our artists Benny and The Jets (Hey rock and Roll) and Rachel Nadine. What is currently happening in the USA is really effecting the entire world and change must be made and made as soon as possible. Good luck with the project.

  62. Posted September 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely Fantastic. Both This Isn’t just a Cult and The Halcyon Brothers will donate our proceeds from Friday’s sales to the cause. We will also start spreading the word via our social media platforms. Thank you Bandcamp. You Rock!

  63. Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    DAHN B is 100% in on Friday for this powerful initiative !
    http://www.dahnbmusic.bandcamp.com

  64. Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Well done Bandcamp & all the artists involved! If only the world was more like you! Much Love from Australia. xxx

  65. Heatseeqerz
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps Bandcamp could have an option for artists to donate all proceeds from sales directly taken by Bandcamp? An opt in Tab or such like? It can be used in future for other good causes as well.

  66. Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Hectic Zeniths will donate 100% of digital sales Friday and plan to release an exclusive track for it. https://hecticzeniths.bandcamp.com

  67. Posted September 25, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Teendreamstapes.bandcamp.com is on board!

  68. Posted September 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Teen Dreams Tapes will proudly join bandcamp in donating all proceeds on Friday to the Voting Rights Project.
    Cheers to bandcamp and all participating labels/artists for helping protect voting rights in the US!

  69. Posted September 25, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    DRONE NOT DRONES usually gives 100% of proceeds to Doctors Without Borders but on this day will match proceeds with donation to the Voting Rights project. Thanks for doing this.
    http://drone-not-drones.bandcamp.com/

  70. Posted September 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    A most worthy cause. I will wait until then to make some purchases. I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America.

  71. Posted September 25, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    6131 Records will be donating 100% of our sales as well! Thanks!

  72. Ian Ferrier
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    This is such a lovely initiative, Thank you! Imagine! A government really representative of the American people!

  73. 007dubz
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Hello thank you this is awesome :)

  74. David Newton
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for taking a stand on this and protecting rights for all!

  75. Beverly Branson
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU ALL YOU BAND MEMBERS FROM EVERYWHERE!!! omg thank you, this midterm is CRITICAL for American Youth

  76. Posted September 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    YES!!! The trickery fix is in & we have to stay on top of this during every election time. Thank you BANDCAMP for using your platform to offer this vital voting information & donating to such a great cause.

  77. zackmuenz2014
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Just another reason to love this amazing platform. Thank you, Bandcamp!

  78. Posted September 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Chill Mega Chill will donate 100% of our proceeds to the Voter Rights Project on Friday!

  79. Posted September 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Swedish Columbia will donate 100% as well!

  80. Posted September 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    https://rocketjthe88s.bandcamp.com Will donate all their Friday sales process to voter’s rights!

  81. Posted September 25, 2018 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you for using this platform for such a vital cause! I will donate all proceeds of Friday’s sales via https://dannypaulgrody.bandcamp.com to your initiative.

  82. Posted September 25, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    They Stole My Crayon is always proud to be associated with a socially-active company like Bandcamp, and will gladly donate 100% of our proceeds for sales on Friday to the Voting Rights Project! https://theystolemycrayon.bandcamp.com/releases

  83. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I’LL DONATE ALL OF FORNICATION STATION’S SALES THIS WEEKEND TO VOTING RIGHTS <3

  84. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    slashsound will stand with bandcamp in donating our day’s proceeds. thanks for all you do for music and the people of our world <3

  85. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Juju Music Edition is on board. We’ll donate 50% of proceeds. https://janjakut.bandcamp.com/

  86. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I will plan to donate 100% of all Dave Zup Bandcamp sales made on this Friday to the Voting Rights Project: https://davezup.bandcamp.com/

  87. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Amazing to see you guys doing this – I too will donate everything from Friday’s sales: https://crosspolar.bandcamp.com

  88. Posted September 25, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Awesome cause!

    2DCAT will donate all of our proceeds as well:
    2dcat.bandcamp.com

  89. Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Those Darn Gnomes will participate and download 100% of all sales as well. Thanks for standing up!
    http://thosedarngnomes.bandcamp.com/

  90. Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Thank you, I live in Alabama, one of the states that has made it harder to register to Vote, I moved here from Vancouver, in 2015, and took me 4 months to get all of the necessary documents to register,

  91. Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    We’ll donate 100% of Down West sales on Friday. https://downwest.bandcamp.com

  92. Chris Polcyn
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I’ll donate all my proceeds as well – https://chrispolcyn.bandcamp.com

    Thanks for doing this!

  93. Chris Polcyn
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I’ll donate 100% of proceeds to this cause as well – https://chrispolcyn.bandcamp.com

    Thanks for doing this!

  94. Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I will donate all proceeds from preorders on Friday of my forthcoming album AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, VOL. I to this project. This is awesome and I look forward to being able to help. :-)

  95. Posted September 25, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Cantaloupe Music will stand with you in matching all our Friday sales toward this initiative. <3 u Bandcamp!

  96. Jeff
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I love this!!! I remember you did something similar a few months or a year ago. Can you create a list of all artist-proceed participants that have commented by Thursday night? (I think there was a similar one during your last fundraiser)

  97. Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Fabrica Records is on board. We’ll donate 50% of proceeds. https://fabricarecords.bandcamp.com/ (mod: please delete my previous post).

  98. Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I’ll put Zum proceeds towards this as well https://zumaudio.bandcamp.com/

  99. Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    The We Are Not Trump compilation series will be donating all of our proceeds less fees to RAICES. Two great charities with one purchase!

  100. Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Will definitely promote on Friday! And we’ll donate 10% of our proceeds on Friday.

  101. Todd Jordan
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Most excellent.

  102. jeremy hunt
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    QOHELETH will be participating: http://qohelethnoise.bandcamp.com. We’ll donate 100% of our proceeds as well. Thanks so much for this initiative!

  103. Posted September 25, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Great! Will you be featuring a list of labels that will be doing the same?

  104. Posted September 25, 2018 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Absolute dudes of the highest order.
    Can you do something about the ridiculous Brexit situation for us poor Brits?!

  105. Posted September 25, 2018 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Fantastic BANDCAMP!

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