Devo will donate song licensing revenue to groups supporting Ukraine
Devo will donate its licensing revenue from its song catalog for the entire month of April to support the people of Ukraine and refugees, Billboard reports. The money will go to Music saves UA and World Central Cuisineand the group is asking other industry players to join them in this effort.
“Vladimir Putin’s rape of a sovereign nation, Ukraine, whose citizens are committed to the democratic rule of law should not and cannot exist in the 21st century,” Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale said. in a press release. “To help the victims of Putin’s unprovoked war, Devo will be donating this revenue from licensing our song catalog throughout April. We invite our masters and publishing rights-holding partners to join us in doing the same. Additionally, we encourage all successful artists to do something similar to help ensure this gesture reaches critical mass.
Music Saves UA representative Vlad Yaremchuk commented, “The entire Music Saves UA team is incredibly grateful for all the donations and the constant help and support from the world of music and culture. Our incredible team and dozens of volunteers who have joined our cause are working 24/7 to deliver supplies and aid through our humanitarian headquarters in Kyiv. Every penny that reaches us is immediately put to good use, especially as we work to establish new centers at the Moldovan and Romanian borders for those fleeing. Every act of support is invaluable to us and we deeply appreciate it.
Devo is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.