Earlier this week, Live Nation confirmed that it would no longer do business in/with Russia, following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
This announcement followed similar boycotts of commercial relations with Russia by the sports world (F1 in racing, FIFA and UEFA in football/soccer) and the cinema world (with major Hollywood studios jointly agreeing not to release big new blockbuster movies in Russia).
Elsewhere in the music world, action so far has largely focused on raising donations to help the people of Ukraine – and those evacuating the country – after the Russian invasion.
Friday (March 4), Warner Music Group The management team sent an internal email to employees around the world that revealed the company had matched employee donations to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). WMG has also publicly confirmed its support for the ICRC via social media.
“In addition to our work with the ICRC, we have made donations to Polish Humanitarian Aid and Project Hope, both of which provide refugees with medical supplies, food and other basic items, while protecting the safety and dignity of displaced persons,” continued the WMG memo, which was obtained by MBW and was signed by senior Warner executives such as Steve Cooper, Max Lousada, Maurice Stinnett, Masha Osherova, Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall.
He added: “We are also working to provide our Polish team in Warsaw with supplies and resources. Our colleagues there are among those helping to house and support Ukrainian refugees who have been able to cross the border. We are grateful and honored for their efforts, and are in regular contact to keep up to date with the local situation.
The memo’s writers told WMG staff that “like you, we were deeply saddened, moved and disturbed by the impact the fighting in Ukraine has had on millions of people, especially innocent families, children, elderly and other vulnerable populations”. .
If employees wanted to get more involved in helping the people of Ukraine, the memo noted, WMG encouraged them to “seek out local giving campaigns” – specifically pointing out that the Afya Ukraine Foundation’s wishlist aims to bring vital supplies to those who need it.
Universal Music Group this week released a statement confirming that it had also donated to humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine.
UMG explained: “We are alongside our partners who are on the ground to provide emergency humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees.
Universal says that as a company, as well as its individual employees, focus their donations on three organizations: CARE, the World Central Kitchen and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Sony Music Group (SMG) also focuses on humanitarian efforts to support the Ukrainian people and residents who are now fleeing the country.
In a statement released this week, SMG explained, “As part of its support for the people of Ukraine, Sony Music Group is donating to the Red Cross, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Save the Children and World Central Kitchen.
“A [SMG] An employee matching program is also in place, to help continue the efforts of these global organizations that provide direct assistance to those in need.
Spotify announced this week the closure of its office in Russia. However, the company will continue to offer its music and podcast service in the country, minus content from state-affiliated Russian outlets like RT.
She said in a company statement Wednesday, March 2: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unprovoked attack on Ukraine. Our first priority over the past week has been the safety of our employees and ensuring that Spotify continues to be an important source of global and regional news at a time when access to information is more important. than ever.
“In response to the crisis, we have taken several measures. We have closed our office in Russia indefinitely and are providing one-on-one support to our associates in the region as well as our global community of Ukrainian employees.
“Our team has reviewed thousands of pieces of content since the start of the war and narrowed the possibility of uncovering broadcasts owned and operated by Russian state-affiliated media.”
“Our team has reviewed thousands of pieces of content since the start of the war and narrowed the possibility of uncovering broadcasts owned and operated by Russian state-affiliated media. Earlier this week, we also took a further step by removing all RT and Sputnik content from Spotify in the EU and other markets. Today we launched a global guide to the Spotify platform to provide our users around the world with reliable information. We believe 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 local humanitarian efforts. We are exploring what additional steps we can take and will continue to do that is in the best interest of our employees and our auditors.The music industry around the world