Devo, the New Wave music group known for hits like “Whip It,” said it will donate licensing revenue from its song catalog for the entire month of April, along with personal monetary contributions, to organizations that help support the Ukrainian people and refugees.
The money will go to Music Saves UA and World Central Kitchen. Devo is asking others in the music industry 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. . “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 is a non-profit fundraising project that was established to provide immediate humanitarian assistance, including medical, food, water and hygiene items, to those most in need in this moment in Ukraine.
“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,” said Vlad Yaremchuk, Music Saves UA representative. “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 comes to us is immediately put to good use, especially as we are working 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.
World Central Kitchen, which was founded by chef José Andrés in 2010, is a non-profit organization that “provides fresh meals in response to crises while working to build resilient food systems with local solutions”. In response to the invasion of Ukraine, WCK is providing meals not only in Ukraine but also in Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary at border crossings, shelters and other locations.
Devo, whose other hits include “Beautiful World” and “That’s Good,” has made it a priority to support political and social causes in addition to “using music and performance art as commentaries on conformity. , emotional repression and dehumanization”.