If you are a Chicago-area artist working in the rock, punk, or metal genres and have put out music or a video this year we’d love to check it out an d potentially feature it on our site and across our social media channels. Initial preference will be given to new artists we haven’t featured previously, but we also strongly support artists who are also using a singles strategy for their releases, please feel free to resubmit if you have new singles to share. The track can be featured on any streaming music or video platform. Please use the form below for your submissions. Every submission is reviewed. First Friday submissions are due the preceding Wednesday by 11:59pm Central Time.
Our First Friday New Music Roundup was inspired by Bandcamp’s program to help the artists using its platform
The latest from Bandcamp on their First Friday program:
On the first Friday of every month since March, we’ve waived our revenue share to help support the many artists who have seen their livelihoods disrupted by the pandemic. Over the course of these nine days, fans paid artists and labels $40 million dollars, helping cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and much more. If you’re among the nearly 800,000 fans who participated, thank you.
Although vaccines are starting to roll out, it will likely be several months before live performance revenue starts to return. So we’re going to continue doing Bandcamp Fridays in 2021, on February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, and May 7th. As always, isitbandcampfriday.com has the details.
If you’ve started to feel guilty about buying music on any day other than Bandcamp Friday, here’s something to keep in mind: on Bandcamp Fridays, an average of 93% of your money reaches the artist/label (after payment processor fees). When you make a purchase on any other day of the month (as 2.5 million of you have since March, buying an additional $145 million worth of music and merch) an average of 82% reaches the artist/label. Every day is a good day to directly support artists on Bandcamp!