Help Ukraine: Charities, record labels and campaigns you can support

There’s been a global outpouring of support for Ukraine amidst the ongoing crisis. Here’s how you can help.

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Ukraine Musical Instruments

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has turned the nation’s capital of Kyiv into a battlefield, where innocent civilians, both Ukrainian citizens and foreigners, are paying the price.

At the time of writing, 406 civilian casualties have been reported [via CNN], as thousands are still trying to flee to neighbouring nations.

Shelling has been reported near Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital, Ukraine’s largest paediatric hospital, where child patients have been forced to relocate to the basement out of safety. Time reported yesterday (28 February) that 16 children have died since the invasion.

The Resident Advisor reports that ∄ club has been converted into a makeshift shelter. “It just happened. We didn’t organise it as a shelter. These people came to the club. It was their first port of call, maybe because they felt safe there,” a staff member told the publication.

“We have great infrastructure so we’re super lucky. We have showers, filtered drinking water, electricity and we organised mattresses, couches, beds.”

How you can help Ukraine

Below, we’ve compiled charities, music labels and humanitarian efforts you can support to help Ukraine and its citizens. This is a rolling list that will be updated over time, stay tuned for more.

Ukrainian labels and artists you can support

A collective effort has created this rolling list of Ukrainian labels and artists you can support, with Bandcamp links so they can receive your funds directly.

Ukraine Artists and Labels List

Pussy Riot’s 72-hour NFT sale campaign UkraineDAO

The Moscow-based punk band partnered with Trippy Labs and PleasrDAO to sell NFTs of the Ukrainian flag. All proceeds will go to Ukrainian charity initiative Come Back Alive.

Music Export Ukraine shares how the music industry can support Ukraine

From donation links to templates for letters to politicians, MEU has compiled a collection of resources and information on how you can help the people of Ukraine fight back and defend their freedom. A list of verified media sources is also included for those who want to keep up with the ongoing crisis.

Erica Synths pledges to donate earnings to humanitarian aid

Erica Synths is donating all income from the sales of several instruments (Black Digital Noise, Black Dual EG/LFO, Sequential Switch II & Snazzy FX – Mini Ark, Wow & Flutter, Tracer City) to humanitarian aid organisations in Ukraine. The campaign will be on-going until all stock is sold out.

Erica Synth's Music For Peace Ukraine Support
Image: Erica Synths

Russian label Gost Zvuk’s name-your-price album sale

The digital album titled STOP THE WAR! is a compilation featuring 32 tracks by affiliated artists. In a statement accompanying the release, Gost Zvuk said: “War is a crime against humanity. We stand with the people of Ukraine and demand an immediate end to war. We condemn the actions of the Russian government. 100% of all proceeds will be sent to humanitarian funds helping those in need.”

James Hype’s Stereohype label will host a live stream

A fundraising live stream will be held on 5 March for children affected by the war in Ukraine. All money raised will go to Save The Children UK. You can also donate directly to Save The Children’s efforts in Ukraine here. Head to the label’s Instagram page for more details to come.

Dark Entries to match and donate all sales of label test pressings

The US label says that 100% of all sales of label test pressings will be donated to Kharkiv-based organisation, Sphere, which is “actively engaged in queer organising in the region and across Ukraine.”

Ukraine Support Dark Entries
Image: Dark Entries

Stand For Ukraine’s list of government organisations and relief projects

For a comprehensive list of charities and relief projects, you can visit Stand For Ukraine’s website and donate to specific causes, with each projects mission outlined and explained. As well as this, there are links which let you share information regarding the conflict.


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