Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’All

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Fans have now given artists $100 million USD through Bandcamp.

Fans give artists $3.5 million every month on the site, and buy more than 16,000 records a day, which works out to about one every five seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (there goes one now). In terms of units sold, Bandcamp’s share of the record industry is roughly the same as BMW’s share of the auto market back when Steve Jobs said this. Furthermore, sales on Bandcamp are up 30% in the last 12 months, at a time when the rest of the industry is down 11%. We see this growth as proof that if you give fans easy ways to directly support the artists they love, they’ll take you up on it every time. So a big, big thanks to everyone supporting artists on Bandcamp, and to all the artists and labels posting great music too. We wouldn’t be here without you.

P.S. We worked out of the public library for the first four years of Bandcamp’s existence. In May 2009, fans gave artists $12,823.12. It was the first time we’d crossed the $10K-in-a-month mark. I vividly recall sitting across from Kevin and Shawn,* being quietly stoked.

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*Not pictured: me behind camera, Joe and Neal on irc.

43 thoughts on “Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’All

  1. Every indie musician on the planet should offer their music on Bandcamp. It’s a far better experience for both artists and fans!

  2. how much have you donated back to that library since then? did the library put a “bandcamp was started here” plaque on that spot?

  3. Very happy to hear things are going well. I wish more labels would put their stuff up. It’s my preferred way to purchase vinyl, since I can get a lossless download in addition to the record.

  4. Congratulations on this milestone! As far as I am concerned Bandcamp is going to be the future and most important alternative to streaming services. I’ve aquired a lot of good music I simply would not have known without your service. Good job!

  5. Great job. Not only do I love the music, but as a former record business parasite, I love to see the independence these artists have. Cheers!

  6. Hi Bandcamp,
    Wow, that’s amazing news about the fans giving us artists up to $3.5 million every month. It’s a big, big thanks to you guys at Bandcamp. What’s the next step? Keep up the excellent work! All the best

  7. Congratulations Bandcamp….people say that the Record Industry is dead and here you go and do this. People have blamed downloading as the cause of the record industries decline but here you have proved the opposite in that you have given the music public what they want which is good music that you can download at very good quality and at a reasonable price….well done Bandcamp

  8. Awesome news, and keep it UP!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!!! I honestly do not know what I would be doing without Bandcamp.

  9. Found some great music through Bandcamp.
    It’s a great way to almost directly support musicians and for that, alternative labels (big thanks to these guys as well!)
    iTunes is ok but too much focused on commercial stuff (plus the artists get not so much, moneywise)
    I strongly hope ans wish that Bandcamp stays, for a very long time!!!

  10. I always look for music first on bandcamp, then amazon, cd baby or itunes. I also like bandcamp gives you the options of high and low bitrate mp3, aac and flac.

  11. Bandcamp is the best. Whenever someone complains to me about the state of the music industry and labels as an excuse for not paying for anything, I educate them about Bandcamp. I’ll gladly hand over money to the artists, especially if it funds the creation of more great music.

    Thanks for having the vision and the b@lls, Bandcamp.

  12. I can only be as equally happy as those who know what 100 million can do for a artist. I’m thankful and smile to all who congratulate our success. One million is perfect.

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