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The big picture rationale of why Trump must be replaced

Support your favorite musical artists on Bandcamp Friday!

Once again, Bandcamp will be waiving their revenue share to help music artists and labels.

A message from Bandcamp:

This Friday, Support Artists Impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Ethan Diamond · August 04, 2020

We started Bandcamp Fridays back in March to support artists impacted by the pandemic, and in the past few months the music community has come together in a huge way: in just four days, fans put more than $20 million directly into the pockets of artists and labels. 

That’s incredible, but just as amazing is that since the pandemic hit in March, fans have bought more than $75 million worth of music and merch directly from artists and labels, and to date, fans have paid artists over half a billion(!) dollars on Bandcamp.

It’s a good reminder that Bandcamp Fridays are really an extension of what Bandcamp is about every day. Thank you to all the artists and labels who shared their music with us, and the fans who spent their hard-earned coins to support the artists they love.

Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year. A more detailed calendar is below.

Stay tuned for more details, and until then we’ll continue working to make Bandcamp the best place to support artists every single day. Thank you again, and we wish you all safety and good health.

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Bandcamp Fridays 2020 Calendar:

August 7, 2020
September 4, 2020
October 2, 2020
November 6, 2020
December 4, 2020

All from midnight to midnight Pacific time. For time zone demystification, check out:

You don’t need to restrict yourself to supporting music. Local artists of all kinds in your community could use your help in these difficult times.

Support your favorite musical artists on Bandcamp again Friday!

Once again, Bandcamp will be waiving their revenue share to help music artists and labels.

A message from Bandcamp:

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact all of us, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it.

On March 20, 2020, we waived our revenue share in order to help artists and labels impacted by the pandemic. The Bandcamp community showed up in a massive way, spending $4.3 million on music and merch—15x the amount of a normal Friday— helping artists cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and so much more. It was truly inspiring.

On May 1, 2020, we did it again and fans paid artists $7.1 million – amazing!

On June 5, 2020, fans paid artists $4.8 million, and so many artists and labels used the day to donate to organizations fighting for racial equity that we had to put together two separate posts (here and here) to list them all.

But the pandemic and its impact on the music community aren’t over, so on July 3, we’re waiving our revenue share for all sales on Bandcamp, from midnight to midnight PDT. Check for timezone demystification.

Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we’re also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support.

It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us as we work to support artists in this challenging time.

Ethan Diamond
Co-Founder & CEO

For more about Bandcamp and their fundraiser, go here.

You don’t need to restrict yourself to supporting music. Local artists of all kinds in your community could use your help in these difficult times.

Impact image

The Black Lives Matter mural in Washington, D.C. as seen from space. A satellite image from Maxar Technologies.

Credit: Maxar Technologies – 2020

Time for another look

Under the current circumstances…

Protests spread over police shootings. Police promised reforms. Every year, they still shoot and kill nearly 1,000 people.

Time to watch this again:

Trigger Warning

Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies helping with the ventilator shortage

First, Tesla is racing to build a ventilator that relies on readily available Tesla car parts – brilliant!

Yesterday ventilator manufacturer Medtronic also tweeted that Musk’s other company SpaceX “is now making a vital component for critical care ventilators,” meaning more of the devices would arrive sooner for COVID-19 patients.

Musk has also donated ventilators that he purchased outright to both California and New York.

Greta Thunberg gives death stare to Trump

At the U.N. 23 September 2019, and he deserves it!

Note: I think “Death Stare From Greta” is a great name for a band.

Hey Mitch!

More on Net Neutrality (thanks, Burger King!)

So, Burger King has managed to explain Net Neutrality and also troll FCC Chairman and Chief Douchebag Ajit Pai using, of course, Whoppers.



About Hurricane Relief Money

There are lots of people who need (or, as of this writing, are about to need) financial assistance in the wake of the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and who knows how many more this year.  Governments, charities, and individuals are already pouring millions and millions into relief efforts, which is both laudable and necessary.

I have a suggestion for the deep-pocketed billionaires sitting on piles of cash wondering what they can or should do with their money.  Why not do something governments don’t have the stomach to do?  Buy up coastal and other flood-prone properties and turn them into parkland/buffer zones, stipulating that the land never be used for commercial or residential development again.

Collectively we need to get off the flood-and-rebuild hobbyhorse that we have been riding for decades.  It matters not whether you believe in climate change or anything like that, empirical evidence is all around.  Just look at the millions upon millions of dollars spent rebuilding the same properties over and over again.  Federal flood insurance statistics show that a small percentage of properties are responsible for huge percentages of claim payouts because those properties are repeatedly damaged and rebuilt – ultimately at our collective expense since flood insurance premiums don’t reflect the actual costs involved.

So if Mr. Buffett or Mr. Gates or the Koch brothers or any other multi-billionaires out there want to actually do something truly constructive for the common good, they can take steps to prevent construction in locations where people with more money than sense keep rebuilding.

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