Universal Music Group said it was “suspending all activities in Russia” and closing its offices in the country “with immediate effect”.
His music conglomerate joins a host of other major businesses and brands, including Coca-Cola, Starbucks and McDonald’s, who have announced the move in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A statement from the record label said: “Effective immediately, we will be suspending all activities in Russia and closing our offices there.
“We call for an end to the violence in Ukraine as soon as possible.
“We are complying with international sanctions and, along with our employees and artists, have worked with teams from many countries (including USA, UK, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Republic of Czech Republic and Hungary) to support humanitarian efforts to deliver emergency aid to refugees in the region. ”
On Tuesday, PRS For Music announced it was “officially suspending, with immediate effect, our agency relationship with RAO, the Russian collection of musical works, which is currently in progress. pending confirmation of separation from the Russian Government and individuals and companies on the sanctions list. ”
The Royal Society said in a statement: “We are also working with CISAC (International Federation of Societies of Authors and Composers) to review the ongoing membership of the associations. Russian association in the global network.
“We do not wish to punish the pro-peace Russian community of composers, musicians and publishers, and we will work with the global community to identify opportunities to amplify protest voices.”
Video of the day
CISAC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that “protects the rights and promotes the interests of creators around the world”.
PRS for Music adds: “We will be reaching out to all of our members based in Ukraine to provide our support in their time of need and are working with the PRS Member Fund to financial support for them.”
Musician Sting added his voice to the growing number of celebrities showing their support for Ukraine, when he posted a video on Instagram of himself singing Russians in 1985, saying that he “never thought it would be relevant again.”
Alongside the video, he wrote: “I just rarely sang this song in the years since it was written, because I never thought it would be relevant again.
“But, in light of one man’s bloody and misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor, the song is once again a plea for our common humanity.
“To the brave Ukrainians who fought against this brutal tyranny and the many Russians who are protesting this outrage despite threats of arrest and imprisonment – We all, love our children. Let’s stop the war”.
Live Nation joins the world in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and applauding all musicians who are using their voices to promote peace. pic.twitter.com/Kgp0TQHxNw
– Live Nation (@LiveNation) March 2, 2022
Last week, music and event promotion company Live Nation said it “joins the world in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and applauding all musicians who are using their voices to promote promote peace.”
A tweet said it would not promote shows in Russia and would “not do business with Russia”.
On Wednesday evening, Sir Bob Geldof will take the stage at the Roundhouse in north London for The Night For Ukraine, which will see donations raised for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) call called to provide aid to people fleeing Ukraine.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/universal-music-group-suspends-all-operations-in-russia-41426783.html Universal Music Group suspends ‘all activities in Russia’