The fund was approved by the CISAC Board on March 9th and is the first step in a wider initiative called “Creators for Ukraine”, uniting the global creative community in support of creators and refugees forced to flee the country.
Donations made to the solidarity fund will be used to help refugees fleeing the war as well as projects specifically targeted at helping Ukrainian creators.
Commenting on the new fund CISAC President Björn Ulvaeus said: “Ukraine is witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe, and its victims include many of our fellow creators and friends in the creative sector. The Creators for Ukraine fund can be a way for people to help, however great or how little the donation. With this action, the CISAC community of creators and societies is once again proving its strength, solidarity and readiness to act at a moment of crisis.”
Contributions from the new fund will be highly focused on specific projects. They will pay for the continued operation of CISAC’s member societies in Ukraine. They will also support the work of Polish society ZAIKS which is taking the lead in helping refugees in the region, with more than 1.2 million Ukrainians fleeing into Poland. Money from the CISAC fund will also be distributed to societies in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia who can direct them to local charities.
Substantial donations and pledges of money have already been made by societies on behalf of their member creators.
The launch of the solidarity fund is the first step of the “Creators for Ukraine” initiative. In addition to raising funds, the global project will aim to mobilise support from creators internationally, and to promote Ukraine culture on broadcast and digital platforms.
“Creators for Ukraine” is being rolled out in close partnership with societies neighbouring Ukraine. It is also supported by other partner organisations in the creative sector, including GESAC in Europe and CISAC’s creators’ councils for music and audiovisual, CIAM and W&DW.
More details of the initiative, and payment details for donations, will be announced shortly.