Workers at Bandcamp are organizing to form a union, and management have hired a union-busting law firm to attempt to disrupt their efforts. Bandcamp United has put out a call for support from users.
From the Bandcamp United website:
As the workers who build Bandcamp, we believe we should have input into its direction, and we believe in supporting and protecting workers who speak up. When we use our voices, we do so because we care about the future of Bandcamp, and because we wish to see our colleagues, artists, and broader communities succeed. It is important to us that Bandcamp’s artist-first mission continues with clarity and accountability, with all resources afforded to us distributed in the fairest and most transparent way possible. We feel a responsibility to support those who are most marginalized, to use our platform with integrity, and to provide reasonable protections and accommodations for those at-risk.
To get more info and find out how you can help, see https://linktr.ee/bandcampunited
The article and the action it was written about are slightly old news, but I decided to share it here anyway. I wrote this for my “day job,” but it deals with issues that relate to music streaming, which seems relevant here. 🙂
The Union Of Musicians And Allied Workers Seeks Justice At Spotify
This Friday, 6/19 (Juneteenth), Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. I’d like to do something to help the cause as well, so from now through the weekend (6/18-6/21), I will be donating my Bandcamp proceeds to the Colorado Freedom Fund.
FEATURES Artists & Labels Offering Donations, Special Merch, & More During This Friday’s NAACP Fundraiser By Bandcamp Daily Staff · June 17, 2020 This Friday, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (and we’re doing this every June 19th from here on out).
Basic stuff posted, more coming soon. Some very exciting collaboration and remix action going on, so stay tuned!