Sony Music halts its operations in Russia, urges for peace in Ukraine

Although it has decided to suspend its operations the staff shall get their salaries and artist management will be decided in the coming weeks.

American multinational music and entertainment company, Sony Music suspends its Russian operations calling for peace and condemns the Russian invasion against Ukraine. Sony Music wants the war to end and supports global relief and humanitarian efforts to help the victims of this aggressive war.

Although it has decided to suspend its operations the staff shall get their salaries and artist management will be decided in the coming weeks.

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Sony Music shall not carry forward any of its activities in Russia. Under Sony Music it has three iconic labels – Sony, Warner, and Universal; all the three have operations and local labels in Russia.

All three labels have generously given relief aid to Ukraine’s collective relief aid.

The United Kingdom’s PRS for Music also announced it has suspended its association with RAO, a Russian collecting group for musical works; they are awaiting the list of companies and individuals that were specifically mentioned in the sanctions list.

The US equivalent of PRS, BMI has halted its copyright representation payments to RAO and is jointly working with France based CISAC (The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) to make way for Ukrainian and nearby region artists and to provide humanitarian and relief aid to those in dire need in Ukraine.

The Italian equivalent of Sony Music, SIAE has completely restricted its operations in Russia and has stopped payments to RAO

Several artists, from the publishing and songwriting community, have publicly condemned Russia for abusing Ukraine to bloodshed and attacks. They have requested the companies and societies to immediately stop doing business with Russia.

On the other hand a French label and distributor ‘Believe Music’ stated that it will not suspend its operation in Russia as it has a large market standing in Russia and it has close to 40 employees working in Russia, Believe Music will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and then in the following weeks may or may not decide on halting their operations in Russia.

Several US companies and publishers have unanimously decided to completely stop giving out sync licenses which include Russia.