Bandcamp

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Bandcamp, Inc.
Bandcamp.svg
Type of site
Private
Founded 2008; 10 years ago (2008)
Headquarters California, United States
Founder(s)
  • Ethan Diamond
  • Shawn Grunberger
  • Joe Holt
  • Neal Tucker
Key people Ethan Diamond (CEO)
Shawn Grunberger (CTO)
Industry Music streaming, music purchasing
Website bandcamp.com
Alexa rank Positive decrease 532 (April 2018)[1]

Bandcamp is an American online music company founded in 2008 by former Oddpost[2] co-founder Ethan Diamond and programmers Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker,[3][4][5][6] headquartered in California.

Model

Artists and labels upload music to Bandcamp and control how they sell it, setting their own prices, offering fans the option to pay more (which they do 40% of the time[7]) and selling merch.

Fans can download their purchases or stream their music on the Bandcamp app. They can also send purchased music as a gift,[8] view lyrics, and save individual songs or albums to a wish list. Uploading music to Bandcamp is free, and the company takes a 15% cut of sales made from their website (in addition to payment processing fees), which drops to 10% after an artist's sales surpass $5000.[9]

Bandcamp’s website offers users access to an artist’s page featuring information on the artist, social media links, merchandising links and listing the artist’s available music. These options can be toggled and customized on the artist’s page allowing artists to change the look of their page, and to customize its features.[10] In 2010 the site enabled embedded/shared links in other microblogging sites such as Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Google+, and Tumblr with options for email.[11] In 2013 Bandcamp launched mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

By May of 2018, artists had earned $296 million on Bandcamp.[12]

Notable artists and labels

Bandcamp gained much attention in July 2010 when Amanda Palmer, Low Places and Bedhed gave up their record labels and started selling albums on Bandcamp, using Twitter for promotion.[13][14]

Bandcamp saw a rise in popularity in 2011[citation needed] when several indie game developers published their game soundtracks on Bandcamp, including the creators of Aquaria, Bastion, Sanctum, Machinarium, Terraria, Plants vs. Zombies, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, To the Moon, Fez, Minecraft, and Sleepless Night.

In December 2014, Bandcamp for Labels was launched. Popular independent labels such as Sub Pop, Fat Wreck Chords, Relapse Records and Epitaph Records launched their own Bandcamp pages.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Bandcamp.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  2. ^ Baio, Andy (Sep 16, 2008). "Oddpost Co-Founder Launches Bandcamp, Publishing Platform for Musicians". Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  3. ^ John, Tozzi (November 17, 2011). "Helping Indie Musicians Market Their Tunes". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "PrivCo.com Private Company Financial Report on Bandcamp, Inc". PrivCo.com. 
  5. ^ Sam, Clearman (October 1, 2008). "An interview with Joe Holt". The HTML Times. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Ethan, Maffey (July 18, 2012). "The Best of Bandcamp: Get in on the ground floor with these sell-it-yourself bands". The Source Weekly. Retrieved 28 December 2013. Web developers and friends Ethan Diamond, Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker launched Bandcamp in 2008 
  7. ^ "Bandcamp Help". Bandcamp. Retrieved 17 September 2018. 
  8. ^ "Thank You, It's a Gift". The Bandcamp Blog. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  9. ^ James Shotwell (2010-06-20). "Bandcamp.com changes business model". Alt Press. 
  10. ^ Deitz, Ben (2011-01-24). "Bandcamp Decoded: An Indie Musician's Best (and Most Profitable) Friend". Switched.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  11. ^ "Full Tracklist Players, Facebook Love". The Bandcamp Blog. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  12. ^ "Direct-To-Fan Platform Bandcamp Has Now Paid Artists $100 Million". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  13. ^ Caroline Klibanoff (2010-07-27). "Amanda Palmer Brings in $15,000 on Bandcamp in Three Minutes". Paste Magazine. 
  14. ^ Glenn Peoples (2010-06-22). "Amanda Palmer Sells $15K Worth Of Music, Merch In Three Min". Billboard.biz. 
  15. ^ "Fat Wreck, Epitaph, Sub-Pop Get Bandcamp Pages". Riffyou.com. December 17, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 

External links

  • Official website
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