Since the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out musicians’ ability to play live concerts — and, in effect, to make most of their earnings — Bandcamp has emerged as a leader in helping artists make more money from their music.

Since 2008, Bandcamp has been an increasingly popular online marketplace for sharing and selling music. It’s especially common among independent, up-and-coming artists and record labels.

Normally, Bandcamp takes up to a 15 per cent revenue share on items sold through its digital platform; the rest goes directly to the artist. But since the beginning of the pandemic, the company has been waiving its cut of sales once a month. On those days, 100 per cent of the money that fans spend on music (and merchandise) goes to the artist.

In the first two editions, fans paid artists $11.4 million. Bandcamp has been continuing the initiative on the first Friday of each month.

If you’re looking to spend some loose change on some new and exciting music — and you want those dollars to go directly into the pocket of the artist who made it — here are some recommendations of great jazz albums you can find on Bandcamp, from Canada and beyond.