A Property of Zack blog post caught my eye the other day regarding the amount of money the website Bandcamp has paid out to artists.
Established in 2007, Bandcamp allows musicians to share their music and possibly generate revenue, of which Bandcamp takes a percentage.
My impression of Bandcamp is I remember all of the really indie kids in my high school would post their music on there, they still do. It’s an easy way to promote music and give people an easy way to listen to it (for free) or download it if they’d like.
As of now, the site has paid out over $100 million to artists. I was pretty astounded by this. I’d heard of it, but I didn’t think it was really benefiting artists this greatly. I thought some lower tier bands were maybe getting thrown a couple of bucks for some demos and that was it.
But then I remembered that Modern Baseball, which is a pretty major band in the pop punk scene (even though they’re not quite pop punk, just associated with a lot of pop punk bands), has a Bandcamp page. It’s the first thing that comes up when you search their name.
So it’s actually pretty cool to realize that a site like this is helping bands that I listen to and many many more. They have $3.5 million in sales per month and has proved to be more effective in getting money directly to artist than larger companies like Spotify.
This reminded me of a conversation I had with my dad about whether or not bands we liked could live comfortably. I’ve spent time trying to figure this out from Tweets and Instagram posts. (Does their apartment look nice?) Or when Soupy from TWY posted about having to live in Richie’s basement to pursue his career, I was a little surprised.
For the bands I care about I always make sure that I pay for their product because I know that it’s going to their livelihoods. Music, especially the less commercial scene, is hard to break into and it’s sweet to see sites like this lending a hand.