Stand with Ukraine
PRS Foundation stands in solidarity with Ukrainian people in their efforts to resist Russia’s military invasion. We send love to our Ukrainian friends, partners and others impacted.
Music is an essential component of cultural diversity in Europe and globally. It has the power to unite and to change society for the better. We are listening to the global music community and want to use our platforms to amplify the Ukrainian music scene which has been thriving in recent years, as well as some helpful music-related responses.
PRS Foundation and other Keychange partners recently acknowledged hypocrisy in not vocally standing in solidarity with those who have and still face war and oppression globally. And we condemned the racism being reported by non-White residents, including Black, Asian and Arab people seeking refuge from war.
We must do better and hope this invasion enables us all to feel more empathy with oppressed people around the world. And we hope that the inspiring acts of bravery humanity we’re witnessing extend to those needing to escape regardless of their race, ethnicity and background.
For those unsure how to best support at this time, we encourage you to stay informed and offer support or donations where possible.
We encourage you to read and shared verified information about the Putin regime’s attack on Ukraine, and what global citizens might do to help, including:
News with latest updates (recommended by Music Export Ukraine):
Official sources (recommended by Music Export Ukraine):
Useful information and resource lists:
We encourage you to donate to organisations offering humanitarian aid in Ukraine and to refugees from Ukraine.
UNICEF: donate now to protect children in Ukraine:
UNHCR: donate now to protect refugee families
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): an independent worldwide organisation which has set up a dedicated fund for Ukraine
Nova Ukraine: A US-registered foundation offering help for ordinary people and families with children. Operating since 2013
Polish Humanitarian Action: A Polish organisation which has been active for a long time in eastern Ukraine.
Donate to Artists at Risk
Other ways people in the UK can help
Donate clothes and supplies: Many donation points for items including clothes and blankets have been set up across the UK. Information is easy to find online and some sites are listed here.
UK Government recently announced details of the Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine and the House a Ukrainian Refugee Scheme which allows members of the public to house Ukrainian refuges with no family ties to the UK.
Write to your local MP: You may want to lobby the UK Government by writing to your local MP. Here is a useful guide.
Make your voice heard: You can also use your own platforms to speak out and to share verified and accurate information and news online. Artists and the creative community are particularly well placed to raise awareness, and where it is safe, you may decide to join the many protests here across the UK. Or sign relevant petitions, including this European cultural networks and organisations petition.
Music and Culture
The Ukrainian music scene has been thriving in recent years and we urge you to listen listen to and read stories about Ukrainian talent (including this recently published article). At this moment, it feels right to share this playlist from our friends and partners at Music Export Ukraine and this Stand With Ukraine playlist which is curated by music export agencies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Useful Links: fundraisers, statements and other resources
CreatorsForUkraine (Zaiks / Soza / OSA and other collection societies)