Sandbox Issue 199: Carry on Bandcamping
This week’s lead feature looks at Bandcamp, the platform that paid out $70m to independent artists and labels in 2017. We’ve talked to the company and some labels doing well on it, to get practical tips for making the...
March 7, 2018
Bandcamp paid out more than $70m to independent artists in 2017
Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp has published its annual review of its business, including the stat that its all-time payments to artists are now past the $270m mark. That compares to nearly $200m at the end of 2016, meaning...
February 13, 2018
Bandcamp in 2017: ’17,076km of beautiful, crunchy tape’
Bandcamp’s year-end blog post focused on a format that’s been making a quiet resurgence for its community of independent artists: cassette tapes. “17,872 tapes were released on Bandcamp this year. That’s an average...
January 2, 2018
Bandcamp launches new app for its artists and labels
Bandcamp has launched a new Android and iOS app, but this one isn’t for its customers, it’s for the artists and labels using the platform to sell their music. “It gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats,...
November 1, 2017
Bandcamp transgender-rights day raised at least $84k
Bandcamp has provided an update on last Friday’s fundraiser in protest at US president Trump’s recent tweets promising a ban on transgender people serving in the military services. Bandcamp donated its 12% share of...
August 8, 2017
200+ artists and labels join Bandcamp’s donations day
Earlier this week we reported on D2C platform Bandcamp’s plans to protest against US president Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces. The company is donating 100% of its share...
August 4, 2017
Bandcamp supports trans rights with day of donations
Artist-stores platform Bandcamp has announced that it will be donating 100% of its share of sales this Friday (4 August) to the Transgender Law Center (TLC). It’s the company’s protest against US president Donald Trump’s...
August 1, 2017
Voltra takes on Bandcamp with 100% artist rev-share
This is an obvious point for Music Ally readers, but while we’re in a transition from sales to streams and ownership to access, that doesn’t mean sales and ownership of music are entirely dead concepts – particularly...
March 22, 2017
Bandcamp quadrupled signups by removing ‘fan account’ restrictions
The number of people signing up to Bandcamp quadrupled after it dropped its requirement for people to make a purchase before they could get a ‘fan account’ on the music site. Until recently, the restriction meant that...
February 20, 2017
Bandcamp joins the protests against Trump immigration ban
Bandcamp is the latest company to come out against President Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. The D2C music platform will be donating 100% of its share of sales this Friday to the American...
February 1, 2017
Bandcamp launches ‘exclusive embeds’ for artists
Exclusive ‘first listen’ streams of new albums are increasingly common on sites from NPR Radio and Pitchfork to the Guardian. Several media outlets use their own technology to make albums available to stream the week...
January 8, 2016
Bandcamp helps artists bundle entire discographies for sale
D2C platform Bandcamp’s latest feature is the ability for musicians to bundle their entire discographies up for a discount price and sell them to fans. “You can choose to offer your full digital discography for no...
November 25, 2015