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 sales on its platform last Friday to the Transgender Law Center, with a number of artists and labels joining in to donate their own shares too.
“We estimate that fans will have bought nearly $700,000 worth of music today,” reported Bandcamp at the end of the day. That means at least $84k was raised in the day, although once artists and labels are factored in, the total is likely to have cleared $100k.
Bandcamp also provided a sharp response for critics of its decision to make its views known on this particular issue.
“An attack against any marginalised community is an attack against all of us. We believe we have a moral obligation to oppose such attacks, and we will always happily embrace the amazing opportunity we have to rally others to do the same.”