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RVA Musicians Donate Bandcamp Sales to Support Trans Rights

Editor’s Note: When we originally posted this article, the banner photo featured a cis female musician who is a part of fundraising for TLC locally. While we did not intend to leave the contributions of queer, trans and POC artists out of the conversation, we have found in subsequent dialogue that many were left feeling that way. Transgender individuals can identify in many different ways, and representing an event about supporting trans people with a photo of a femme presenting cis woman was the wrong decision and ends up promoting the kinds of identity erasure we don’t want to support. Thank you to members of our community for your feedback, we are always listening for ways we can be better. We have changed the banner image accordingly as well as adding additional musicians to our list of contributors at the bottom of the article. If you have any comments or concerns about our coverage moving forward, feel free to reach us at dustupmag@gmail.com.

Over the years Bandcamp has become the go-to site for online DIY music. Whether its digital downloads or physical merch, the platform plays host to most everything under the sun from RVA and around the world. Hence why we started Doug Nunnaly’s Bandcamp of the Week column to spotlight some of the wonderful releases happening there.

As a bastion of DIY on a global scale, Bandcamp has tried to live up to its place and not sit idly by as the political climate changes in America. Today the organization will take a stand to raise money in support of the Transgender Law Center. For all purchases made today (midnight to midnight PST on August 4th), Bandcamp will donate their share (15% of digital purchases, 10% of physical purchases) to the TLC.

“The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression,” the organization states on their website. “We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.”

“Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here,” the organization said in a blog post earlier this week. “We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized.”

Earlier this year when a Presidential Order barring immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries, Bandcamp held a similar fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union which generated over $1,000,000 in sales and raised over $100,000.

If you want to donate locally, you can directly support organizations like the Virginia Anti-Violence ProjectSide by Side, James River Transgender Society, Equality Virginia, Richmond Business Alliance, Health BrigadeNationz Foundation and Diversity Richmond.

Tomorrow Friends for Equality hosts an afternoon market and evening show at Strange Matter benefitting Nationz Foundation featuring Dave Watkins, Sammi Lanzetta, Private Cry, The Skin and Womajich Dialyseiz.

Below is a list of bands, labels and others with ties to Richmond who plan to donate 100% of their sales to the TLC, which will be continually updated throughout the day:

100% Electronica
6131 Records
Anneliese
An0va
Audiotree (Featuring sessions from Lucy Dacus, Night Idea, Dumb Waiter and more)
Bad Magic (Donating to Nationz Foundation)
Brandon Hurtado
Camp Howard
Captured Tracks
Car Seat Headrest (Exclusive mix of new song available today-only)
Charmer
Cherub Records (100% of digital, 50% of merch)
Crybaby
Dazeases
Egghunt Records
Eric Slick
Fight Cloud
Friends for Equality
Gardener
Ghost Piss
Gold Connections (Exclusive demo download available today-only)
Maask
Merge Records (Donating 50% of sales to TLC, plus offering free mystery 7″ with the purchase of two or more vinyl LPs.)
Moreau
Napster
Polyvinyl Records
Sid Kingsley
Strawberry Moon Records
The Congress
The Weak Days
Tiny Engines
Toner War
Toxic Moxie