Yesterday – Friday, the 3rd – Bandcamp donated all the company’s profits to the ACLU, and a horde of bands and labels also joined in to further donate all their individual profits for the day. One such label was underground metal champion Blood Music, which just issued this statement:
“OK – that was pure insanity! The fundraising is over but was an INSANE success!! The breakdown – Bandcamp estimated that it was going to bring in about $1 million for the day. Meanwhile, Blood Music’s high fundraising goal was 600 EUR net. However, it looks like we brought in FOUR TIMES THAT – somewhere between 2500-3000 EUR (!!!!) in gross revenue. Estimates:
“Blood Music (Bandcamp revenue side) – around 300 USD of the receipts raised will be donated by Bandcamp.
“Blood Music (label revenue side) – around 2500 USD of the receipts raised will be donated by the label.
“That is an estimated 2800 USD that we raised to donate in one day. I will go through all the transactions one-by-one within a week or so and start sending off the donations. And I’m going to throw in an extra 50 EUR on top of the label’s own money just to participate as well.
“The craziest news of all? Bandcamp estimated it will donate 120,000 USD. If we donate 2500 USD extra we’ll be adding more than 2% to the entire total of Bandcamp’s donations. That is HUGE considering the amount of users / labels / artists on the site! This was just one page out of many thousands on Bandcamp, so we made a SERIOUS dent.
“Thank you to all of you. I will make an update in the future once everything has been calculated and paid out. I would expect *somewhere* around:
“850 USD to ACLU (protecting Americans’ civil liberties – from right to left)
“850 USD to Doctors Without Borders (delivering emergency aid to anywhere in the world it is most needed)
“850 USD to No One Left Behind (protecting foreign combat interpreters who have helped American armed forces in battle)
“I know some people here were against the entire cause, but just know that most of us are here, able to appreciate music of all styles and freely use the internet and express ourselves (even calling people ‘faggoty’ as one eloquent gentleman put it) because of rights and safety already devised by generations before us and constantly maintained.
“I believe a lot of people are taking this for granted, the goal is to preserve these rights and to continue to solve complex world problems together. I’m pretty sure insults never solved anything. Thank you to all for participating in this and hopefully you got a lot of great music out of it!”