Bandcamp employees of the United States are forming a union, they announced today. Members of the site’s editorial, design, support, and engineering staff are demanding “a fair and timely election” as Bandcamp United, organizing with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 1010. “We all chose to join this company as an extension of our own passion for independent music, and believe that a site like Bandcamp aims to offer an ethical and fair alternative in the streaming economy must reflect its mission internally,” they wrote in their mission statement. Read more HERE.
Bandcamp workers have joined several new unions in the music industry, including Moog, Secret Groupand Spotify, including the Musicians Union and Organized Labor. The union drive comes nearly a year after Bandcamp announced that Epic Games, the company behind the massively popular game FortniteTHERE Obtained the music platform for an undisclosed sum.
Ethan Diamond, the co-founder and current CEO of Bandcamp, said in a statement on Rolling Stone, “We know that some Bandcamp employees are looking to organize a union. Employees have the right to organize and we are reviewing the petition to understand their concerns. In announcing the Epic buyout last year, Diamond promised that the company would “continue to build Bandcamp around our artist-first revenue model.”