On Thursday February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In response to this act of war and the subsequent humanitarian crisis, which has seen more than one million Ukrainians displaced and forced to relocate or leave the country entirely, people have come together to share ways in which those affected can be directly supported.
Over the past week, several DJ live streams have raised money for Ukrainian aid organisations, while many venues and promoters in the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond have held fundraising events. fundraisers and club nights to raise funds for humanitarian aid. You can read more about some of these events here. DJ Mag and Night Tales will organize an event on April 1st in London, in order to raise funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine call.
Today, Friday March 4, is Bandcamp Friday. For 24 hours, the platform will waive fees so that 100% of revenue spent on music goes to artists and labels. Buying music from Ukrainian artists and labels is a great way to show direct financial support. You can find a recently shared open source spreadsheet dedicated to Ukrainian artists and labels, including genre tags and Bancamp links, here.
Music and culture writer Jakub Knera and Ninja Tune founder Coldcut both shared the BuyMusicClub playlist filled with Bandcamp links to recent releases by Ukrainian artists. Check these here and here.
Today, Ukrainian labels Standard Deviation and Mystictrax released a 65-track compilation to raise funds to support humanitarian organisations. check this here. Ukrainian label muscut and its subtag shukai both donate 100% of revenue spent on their Bandcamp pages to Save the life organization. Ukrainian label ШЩЦ donates 200% of its profits to Kiev Civil Defense.
A number of international electronic music artists and labels have also pledged to donate at least a portion of their earnings from Bandcamp purchases made today to humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine. These include: Modeselektor Monkeytown Recordsambient/techno label state of disintegration, jungle/drum & bass label critical music, Hyperdub, Won’t fade (which will donate 100% of the profits to WithUkraine), Peter Mannerfelt, Orange Milk Records, Earth Trax, Sublime retreat and more.
Other artists and labels have pledged that all revenue generated from their Bandcamp pages will go to Ukrainian aid for the foreseeable future. These include the label and the personal page of the Russian artist buttechno and Polish electronic music label mondoj.
Below are a number of releases, either from Ukrainian artists and labels, or from international acts raising funds for humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine.