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Bandcamp to donate all income to ACLU this Friday

By | Published on Thursday 2 February 2017


Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp will be donating 100% of its share of all sales on its platform tomorrow to the American Civil Liberties Union. The organisation has been fighting Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries.

“Last week’s executive order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America”, says Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond in a statement. “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”.

The ACLU works “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States”. Earlier this week it received $24 million in online donations in one day, as it fought to oppose Trump’s immigration ban. The organisation has said it would normally expect to receive about $4 million online in a year.

From 8am UK time tomorrow, Bandcamp’s 15% of any money you spend on digital music, and 10% on merch, will make its way to ACLU too. Bandcamp has also compiled a selection of music from artists from the seven affected countries. You may also like to invest in Secretly Canadian’s anti-Trump ‘Our First 100 Days’ compilation to stretch your money a little further.