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CISAC: ‘Each individual company should decide whether to maintain business relationships with Russian companies.’

Last week, a number of companies in the global music business announced they were cutting ties with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

All three major music companies (Universal, Sonyand warner), as well as Cobalt and Downtownhave also confirmed in the last two weeks that they will cease doing business in/with Russia.

One of the organizations cutting ties with Russia is the British collecting society PRS for the music.

PRS announced earlier this month (March 8) that it had “formally suspended, effective immediately,” its rights agency agreement with its Russia-based counterpart, Russian Authors’ Society RAO.

Following the news of PRS pulling out of Russia, many in the music industry were wondering why the organization, which represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters/composers, and music publishers around the world, decided to act unilaterally rather than be part of an organized global effort to do so.

A senior leader in the US music publishing market told us, “I can’t believe this has to be done unilaterally [by PRS] and the CISAC I can’t just kick RAO out…it’s really just wild at this point.”

CISAC, the International Confederation of Authors’ and Composers’ Societies – the world’s largest international network of authors’ societies – still counts among Russia’s RAO one of its members, and according to a statement from the org last week, that’s not changing.

In the statement, CISAC said that “Royalties between corporations and Russian CMOs have already ground to a halt due to financial and banking sanctions.”

“While CISAC abhors the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, it does not have the authority to impose sanctions on member societies based solely on the actions of their government.”

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The statement, which strongly condemns Russia’s war actions in Ukraine, adds: “After careful consideration, the CISAC Board has decided that each individual company should decide whether to maintain its business relationships with Russian companies and what the terms of each relationship should be “.

In other words, RAO will not be kicked out of CISAC, and like PRS, societies around the world must make a unilateral decision to take action if they so choose.

PRS is not the only organization doing just that. US based BMIwhich has an international debt collection agreement with PRS has also confirmed that it will sever ties with RAO.

The Italian society of authors and composers, SIAE, also decided to stop paying RAO.

In addition to PRS and RAO, members of CISAC include such as ASCAPBMI SESAC, GEMASTIM, SACEM and SOCAN.

CISAC adds in its new statement: “As a global association representing 228 members in over 120 countries, CISAC’s actions must balance and reflect many different viewpoints.

“While CISAC abhors the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, it does not have the authority to impose sanctions on member societies based solely on the actions of their government.”

It goes on: “CISAC is passionate about supporting creators in Ukraine and applying pressure to stop Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

“This action is an unjustifiable attack on the innocent and an attack on culture and creators everywhere, including in Russia. Russian authors, like their peers elsewhere, cannot be held responsible for the grotesque actions of their government.”


CISAC too announced this month (March 9) that it was Establishment of a support fund for the victims of the war in Ukraine – but again shortly before the suspension of RAO.

The fund has been approved by the CISAC Board.

The body said it was the first step in a broader initiative called “Creators for Ukraineunder which it aims to “unite the global creative community in support of creators and refugees forced to flee the country”.

You can read CISAC’s full statement below:


CISAC’s worldwide network of authors’ societies deplores and condemns the Russian government’s war against the Ukrainian people. Our entire community is working to help our Ukrainian co-creators and colleagues and help the victims of the war.

On March 9th CISAC launched a worldwide aid campaign Creator for Ukraine“. This is managed by a fund designed to help creators and refugees and to support the continued operation of the Ukrainian Authors’ Societies. Another project, “songs for ukraine aims to promote Ukrainian repertoire on broadcast and digital platforms and increase royalties for Ukraine’s war-ravaged creative community.

Regarding CISAC members’ business relationships with Russia, royalty payments between companies and Russian CMOs have already stopped due to financial and banking sanctions. After careful consideration, the CISAC Board has decided that each individual company should decide whether to maintain business relationships with Russian companies and what the terms of such relationships should be.

As a global association representing 228 members in over 120 countries, CISAC’s actions must balance and reflect many different viewpoints. Although CISAC abhors the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, it does not have the authority to impose sanctions on member societies based solely on the actions of their government.

CISAC is passionate about supporting creators in Ukraine and applying pressure to stop Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. This action is an unjustifiable attack on the innocent and an attack on culture and creators everywhere, including in Russia. Russian authors, like their peers elsewhere, cannot be held responsible for their government’s grotesque actions.music business worldwide

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