earlier this week, Live Nation had confirmed it would no longer do business in/with Russia after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
This announcement was followed by similar boycotts of trade relations with Russia from the sports world (F1 in racing, Fifa and Uefa in football) and the film world (with major Hollywood studios agree together not to release big new blockbuster films in Russia).
Elsewhere in the music world, actions have largely focused on raising funds to help the people of Ukraine – and those leaving the country after the Russian invasion.
On Friday (March 4th) Warner Music Group‘S The leadership team issued an internal email to employees worldwide showing that the company matched employee donations to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
“In addition to our work with the ICRC, we have made donations to the ICRC Polish Humanitarian Action and project hopeprovide the refugees with medical supplies, food and other basic necessities while protecting the safety and dignity of those displaced,” continued the memo obtained by MBW and signed by senior Warner executives Steve Cooper, Max LousadaMaurice Stinnett, Masha Osherova, Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall.
It added: “We are also working to provide supplies and resources to our Polish team in Warsaw. Among other things, our colleagues there help with the accommodation and care of Ukrainian refugees who have been able to cross the border. We are grateful and humbled for their efforts and are in regular contact to keep abreast of the situation on the ground.”
The authors of the memo told WMG staff that “like you, we are deeply saddened, moved and concerned about the consequences that the fighting in Ukraine is having on millions of people, particularly innocent families, children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, had”. .
If employees wanted to continue getting involved in helping the people of Ukraine, the memo said, WMG encouraged them to “look out for local fundraisers” — and specifically stressed that they would Afya Foundation Ukraine wish list The aim is to provide people in need with essential goods.
UMG stated, “We stand by our partners who are providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees on the ground.”
Universal says that as a company, as well as its individual employees, it focuses donations on three organizations: CAREthe World Central Kitchenand the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Sony music group (SMG) also focuses on humanitarian efforts in support of the people of Ukraine and residents who are now fleeing the country.
In an opinion issued this weekSMG stated: “As part of its commitment to helping the people of Ukraine, Sony Music Group is making a donation to the Red Cross, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, save the children and World Central Kitchen.
“A [SMG] There is also an employee donation matching program to support the efforts of these global organizations that are providing direct aid to those in need.”
Spotify announced this week that the office in Russia will be closed. However, the company will continue to offer its music and podcast service in the country, minus the content from Russian state-affiliated media outlets like RT.
It said in a corporate statement on Wednesday (March 2nd): “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unprovoked attack on Ukraine. Our top priority over the past week has been keeping our employees safe and ensuring Spotify continues to serve as a vital source for global and regional news at a time when access to information is more important than ever.
“We have taken several steps in response to the crisis. We have closed our office in Russia indefinitely and are providing one-on-one support to our employees in the region as well as to our global community of Ukrainian employees.
“Our team has screened thousands of pieces of content since the beginning of the war and restricted discoverability of shows owned and operated by Russian state-affiliated media.”
“Our team has screened thousands of pieces of content since the start of the war and limited discoverability of shows owned and operated by Russian state-affiliated media. Earlier this week we also took the additional step of removing all RT and Sputnik content from Spotify in the EU and other markets. Today we have one global guide on the Spotify platform to provide trusted news to our users around the world. We consider it extremely important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to enable the global flow of information.
“Our employees around the world are committed to helping those affected by the war in Ukraine, and we are matching their donations two-for-one to support humanitarian efforts on the ground. We are evaluating other steps we can take and will continue to do what is in the best interests of our employees and our audience.”music business worldwide
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/ukraine-major-music-companies-donate-to-humanitarian-orgs-as-spotify-shuts-russia-office1/ Ukraine: Major music companies donate to humanitarian organizations as Spotify closes its office in Russia