Musician website and direct-to-fan platform Bandzoogle is celebrating their 17th anniversary by giving back to artists in need. Using their newly launched integration with print-on-demand provider Printful, the company has created exclusive merch for sale, donating all proceeds to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a charity focused on providing emergency relief to the Canadian music community.
T-shirts, hoodies, and more are now available through a Bandzoogle-powered store. Profits from all sales of this 17th anniversary merchandise will go directly to Unison’s Emergency Mental Health for the Music Community campaign, with Bandzoogle matching donations up to $5000 CAD.
“We are so grateful to Bandzoogle for joining our Emergency Mental Health GoFundMe Charity campaign in support of our music workers” says Amanda Power, Executive Director, Unison Benevolent Fund. “We have more members of our music community depending on Unison’s Counselling & Health Solutions program than ever before, and every dollar raised will directly allow us to provide a lifeline to Canadian music-workers and their families.”
Bandzoogle has always prioritized artists’ needs, especially in industry-wide hard times. “There are a lot of musicians on our team. We’re always there to support each other,” says Bandzoogle CEO Stacey Bedford, “so this was a charity that was near and dear to our hearts.”
“Every year we release a limited edition Bandzoogle t-shirt that’s available just for staff,” Bedford explains. “Whenever we post about them, our members ask if they can buy one.” Now, they can easily do just that with knowledge that profits will go back into the musical communities Bandzoogle has served for the last 17 years.
For this exclusive merchandise, Bandzoogle worked with Hamilton-based illustrator Jacqui Oakley to create a custom design.
“In the front of my mind was how in isolation we’re all missing being close to our loved ones. So how better to illustrate that than a fiery pagan dance party?” says Oakley. “Of course it was a chance to draw a skull engulfed in flames, but more importantly a chance to help raise money and awareness of the importance of mental health in this perilous time.”
Bandzoogle has always embraced a spirit of charity, both through in-kind donations and direct contributions to registered organizations. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Bandzoogle teamed up with MusiCounts by donating $15,000 CAD to help launch a new tier of their Band Aid Program to provide musical instruments and equipment to schools across Canada.
To purchase the limited edition 17th anniversary merch, visit Bandzoogle.com/store by March 31st. All orders will be fulfilled by print-on-demand and drop-shipping service Printful as part of a recently-released integration with Bandzoogle.