No. Every release, whether it’s a fundraiser or not, generates real costs for Bandcamp, and our fees are already as low as we can make them while still operating and investing in our business. In addition, there are dozens of fundraisers happening on Bandcamp at any given time, and to be fair, if we supported any of them we would quickly find ourselves having to at least evaluate all of them, and that’s something we just don’t have the resources to do. Finally, we have our own charitable giving program, where we set aside money each year for the organizations we want to support (like the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Earth Justice, the Oakland School for the Arts, and more), and we wouldn’t be able to do that if we had to adjust our own plans whenever a worthy fundraiser appeared on the site.
We’re delighted that Bandcamp has proven to be a great fundraising platform, and we think that the best way to show our support is by keeping our fees low and investing them right back into the business, so that Bandcamp just keeps getting better and is here for years to come.
P.S. If you’re planning on doing a fundraiser on Bandcamp, consider doing it on one of our Bandcamp Fridays, a day each month where we waive our revenue share for all the artists and labels on the site.