Devo will be donating their licensing revenue from their song catalog for the entire month of April to support the Ukrainian people and refugees, Billboard reports. The money will go to Music Saves UA and World Central Kitchen, and the group is asking others in the industry to join them in the effort.
“Vladimir Putin’s rape of a sovereign nation, Ukraine, whose citizens are committed to democratic rule of law should not and cannot stand in the 21st Century,” Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale said in a statement. “To help the victims of Putin’s unprovoked war, Devo will be donating these revenues from the licenses of our song catalog throughout the month of April. We invite our rights holder partners in masters and publishing matters to join us in doing the same. Further we encourage all successful recording artists to do something similar to help make this gesture reach critical mass.”
Music Save UA representative Vlad Yaremchuk commented: “The whole team at Music Saves UA is incredibly grateful for all the donations and constant help and support from the world of music and culture. Our incredible team and dozens of volunteers who joined our cause are working 24/7 to provide supplies and aid via our humanitarian HQ in Kyiv. Every penny that reaches us is put to good use immediately, especially as we work to establish new centers on the Moldovian and Romanian borders for those fleeing. Every act of support is invaluable for us and we deeply appreciate it.”
Devo are nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.