Is Bandcamp Friday going to become a permanent feature on the site? Whispers that music retailer is “seriously considering” keeping it past the pandemic

Bandcamp Friday began last year back in March. It was the website’s response to the coronavirus pandemic decimating several income streams for artists, producers, singers and others in the industry – who saw live gigs wiped out almost overnight.

Since then, on the first Friday of every month, Bandcamp have been waiving their fees, meaning that artists receive 93% of the money from every sale, after payment processing costs are taken off. The normal percentage, according to Bandcamp themselves, is 82%.

This compares significantly favourably to the other online retailers – for example, Beatport take a punitive 60% of every sale for themselves. And now I’m hearing whispers within the Bandcamp tribe that they’re thinking about keeping this permanently.

A source emailed to say “The bosses have been thinking about it for a while now. They don’t think the pandemic ending will hit sales, and a lot of Bandcamp Friday customers come back regularly outside those days. They’re seriously considering the idea”.

We shall see. I’ve heard of worse ideas…

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