Hey everyone. As I’m sure you’re already aware, things are getting crazy out there. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading, and that’s affecting pretty much everything.
Many people are working from home (when possible) and some people are staying home to self-quarantine. These are good things to do for safety, especially for vulnerable friends and family, the elderly, and those with weakened or compromised immune systems.
I also know that many people want to help and are unsure as to how to do so. I am one of those. I don’t know what needs are out there or what needs are being met versus those going unmet.
I did read some stuff recently about the strain being put on local food banks due to school closings and some people being temporarily out of work. Here’s one article that mentions some of it.
So here’s the thing:
All of my solo albums are on Bandcamp, including my latest release; from March 16-31, 2020, all profits from any downloads on my Bandcamp page at music.joshcarples.com will be donated to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
If you’re unfamiliar with the way Bandcamp works, you can read their “Fair Trade Music Policy” here. Basically, when you buy a song or album, they keep 15 percent as their share, and the payment processor takes somewhere between 4 and 7 percent. So what’s left after that goes directly to the artist.
I can’t do anything about the Bandcamp share or the payment processing share, but the percentage that actually comes to me between March 16 and 31, 2020, will be donated in full to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
And if you think my music sucks and want to donate directly to them – boom! – here’s the link. (Donation button/link is near the bottom of the page.)
If you need food assistance, click here. From that link, you can enter your zip code and find partner agencies in your local area.
If you’ve got other ways to help, please leave a comment below. Feel free to share this if so inclined.
Stay safe out there. Much love.