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Musicians and Music Institutions Sever Ties with Russia in Response to Ukraine Invasion

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> Musicians and Music Institutions Sever Ties with Russia in Response to Ukraine Invasion

As the world expresses disapproval of Russia’s actions, the music community around the globe loudly decries the decisions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here are the different ways in which the rest of Planet Earth has musically expressed their mind regarding the current war.

Eurovision Song Contest

Though initially stating that it would welcome performers from both countries, the nonpolitical organization that holds the Eurovision Song Contest barred Russia from entry this year. Ukraine will be represented by KALUSH, performing the song ‘Stephania,’ which the band describes as an anthem for their country.

Live Nation

Live Nation

The international promotion company for live music is no longer working with Russia in any capacity. Other music companies are doing the same, and more will surely follow.

Orchestras Around the World

Though many Russians have publicly denounced the recent events, others remain silent. This silence has shown to have consequences for some, including conductor Valery Gergiev of the Munich Orchestra, who refused to comment when asked to distance himself from Russia’s actions. Orchestras also replaced Russian pianist Denis Matsuev for an upcoming performance.

Canceled Tours

Canceled Tours

Internationally famous bands and musicians are the most well-known in their actions, canceling shows in Russia and releasing statements to defend Ukraine. Some artists who canceled shows include Green Day, Yungblud, HEALTH, Iggy Pop, and Bring Me the Horizon.

Local Artists

Oxxxymiron, one of Russia’s most popular rap artists, canceled six shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Many other Russian musicians of all genres have also spoken out in their home country and abroad.

More musicians will likely cancel tour dates shortly, as the U.S. and many other countries shut off their connections to Russia.

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