UK Music has met with the UK Government on our behalf, and we are advised of the following:
- We value cultural exchange and this is something that President Zelenskyy of Ukraine has also highlighted as important. Expressions of solidarity with the people of Ukraine are very welcome.
- The UK Government do not feel it is appropriate for Russian or Belarusian state backed organisations to perform in the UK. This would include virtual as well as in person performances. If any members have been booked to perform with Russian or Belarusian companies, please contact us for advice.
- The UK Government is keen to know what planned cultural activity may be taking place involving Russia or Ukraine in the next 12 months. If members have any work of this kind booked or are aware of any plans, please let the Union know.
- The MU also shares its solidarity with Russian people living and working in the UK who are not in favour of actions taken by the Russian Government. Members who experience harassment or discrimination at work can contact their MU Regional Office for advice and assistance.
Providing help and support to those affected
The EC has agreed on a £10,000 donation on behalf of members to support ongoing humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. In the meantime, the Union urges all those who can to donate to support humanitarian efforts.
- Music venues in Ukraine are turning themselves into shelters and have put together a funding campaign to buy essential items. Visit Music Saves UA, a non-profit fundraising project created to provide immediate humanitarian help to those who need it most right now in Ukraine.
- DEC has launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, with Government pledging to match donations up to £20m.
- ICRC has launched the Ukraine Crisis Appeal to support Red Cross teams providing humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine and refugees arriving in neighbouring countries.
- UN Refugees is also upscaling its work in Ukraine and surrounding countries providing protection and humanitarian assistance.
- The Voices of Children Foundation is providing assistance to children and families in Ukraine and assisting in the evacuation process.
Also, a group of volunteer legal professionals with immigration and asylum expertise have set up the Ukraine Advice Project UK to connect Ukrainian citizens in need of free legal advice on immigration, asylum and visas with qualified and regulated lawyers.
Show your solidarity
We've created some designs you can use on your website and social media platforms to show support for Ukraine and its people.
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