Ukraine latest: Spotify suspension and CISAC solidarity fund


As the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces continues, music companies are reassessing their approach to business in the latter country.

Spotify had resisted calls to shut down its service in Russia, but yesterday its chief financial officer Paul Vogel revealed that it is suspending its premium service there, and expects to lose around 1.5 million paying subscribers as a result.

Elsewhere, collecting societies body CISAC has launched a ‘Creators for Ukraine’ support fund for victims of the war, as well as keeping its member societies in Ukraine running, and helping Polish society ZAIKS’s work with refugees. Despite calls for CISAC to suspend Russian society RAO, it has yet to publicly announce any measures on that front.

Also worth your time today: Ukrainian Scores is a website making scores by Ukrainian composers available to be performed around the world as a show of solidarity.

Meanwhile, Beatport is holding a 20-hour livestream this Sunday to raise money for charity Choose Love’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Written by: Stuart Dredge