Black Bandcamp, founded last year as a platform to support Black artists, has relaunched as ‘Black Artist Database‘.
Born in response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, the platform began as a crowdsourced initiative that collated over 2,800 international Black owned record labels, artists, producers and bands, as a resource for music consumers. Since the database has grown and expanded, now profiling over 3500 artists, in addition to writers, journalists, editors and more.
As well as providing direct links to Bandcamp and individual artist websites, the relaunched database has expanded their editorial output including features highlighting the work of creatives, an exclusive mix series: ‘B.A.D.mix’, and a mixed media series titled ‘Voices’ which shares the untold stories of Black artists in music.
Alongside these changes to the platform, Black Artist Database has also announced their [pause] initiative to support and encourage businesses in the music industry towards the goal of more equitable workspaces. With only 11.4% of music industry jobs filled by BIPoC creatives, [pause] aims to encourage those in positions of power to actively bridge this inequality gap.