Bandcamp’s not alone in their protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority nations. He also halted all refugee admissions for 120 days and “indefinitely” banned entry for Syrian refugees. Trump said the necessary measures will help to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the country.
The music community has forcefully pushed back against the order. Now, that pushback is intensifying.
Several days ago, Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond sent out an e-mail to every Bandcamp user. Diamond stated that this Friday, 100% of Bandcamp’s share of the proceeds of any purchase will go directly to the ACLU. Going further, he added,
“This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.”
Indie labels as well as artists have also joined the protest. Yesterday, under the hashtag “#NoBanNoWall,” the organization announced that over 400 labels and artists will donate their Bandcamp profits.
Several top names include Kill Rock Stars, Tompkins Square, Alanna McArdle, and Merge Records. Some artists and labels will only donate a percentage to the ACLU. A number of labels and artists have chosen to donate to other organizations including the Nigerian Muslim Association of New York. Son Lux will donate proceeds from “At War with Walls and Mazes” to the ACLU for the next four years. Xiu Xiu will follow suit with all Bandcamp revenues going to the ACLU during the same timeframe.
Bandcamp’s original e-mail message reads,