As artists in the DMV deal with concert cancellations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are looking for ways to financially support them. One small solution comes from Bandcamp, the online music store; this Friday, it is directing all of its revenue share from music sales to the artists and labels that use their service.
Many local artists offer their entire catalogs for sale on the site. So do locally based labels like Cuneiform Records and Atlantic Rhythms. Fans can buy albums for their own collections, of course, or they can also buy and send albums or tracks to others as gifts.
Normally, Bandcamp takes a 15-percent cut of sales, plus processing fees — but the store is entirely waiving its share for 24 hours (from 3 a.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday: midnight-to-midnight in California) in response to the coronavirus.
So here are 25 local artists whose records we’d like to suggest you consider supporting. (Not that they’re the only ones who could use your patronage, though.)
Elijah Jamal Balbed – full discography
Simone Baron – The Space Between Disguises
Abinnet Berhanu and Hebret Musica – Abinnet Berhanu & Hebret Musica
Blacks’ Myths – Blacks’ Myths
Amy K. Bormet – full discography
Brother Ah – full discography
Keith Butler Trio – Greener Grases
Jenna Camille – full discography
Coy Fish – Coy Fish
Kris Funn – full discography
Lafayette Gilchrist – Dark Matter
Jack Kilby – full discography
Janel Leppin – full discography
Brad Linde – full discography
Todd Marcus – full discography
Mark G. Meadows – full discography
The New World – Friendship Adventure
Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream
Victor Provost – Bright Eyes
Nicole Saphos – full discography
David Schulman – full discography
Veronneau – Live at Lubber Run
Editor’s note: Patrick Jarenwattananon, CapitalBop’s managing editor, has written for Bandcamp Daily, a publication affiliated with the streaming service.