It’s clear what the number one thing to do right now to help Ukraine is: STOP THE WAR. Second up: supply the basics – food, water, shelter, safe travel, immigration services, financial and emotional support, etc. There is no illusion that cultural and music-based support comes anywhere close to aiding the cause of restoring humanity and infrastructure, or meeting basic needs.
But ON TOP of that, in the spirit of helping in every and any way possible, the following is a non-comprehensive, ever-growing compilation of suggested practices and resources for support of Ukrainians, and, specifically, Ukrainian musicians and artists, given the current tragic state of affairs.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Stay updated with what is going on, and encourage others to do the same and be mindful to not spread misinformation and fake news – verify your sources!
- Be respectful and engage with others with tact, empathy and sensitivity.
- Fight off the news fatigue! Keep at it!
DONATE TO CAUSES
- UNICEF – donate now to protect children in Ukraine
- Global Citizen – meaningful ways you can help Ukraine
- Trippin World – how to support marginalised people in Ukraine
- Support Ukraine NOW – advice for the international community
- SOS Kinderdorf – supporting Ukrainian refugee families and children
- Caritas Austria – emergency help for Ukrainian refugees
- Direct Relief – working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health
- Put pressure on your governments. Get in touch with your local government representatives, councillors, parliamentary members and put pressure on your government to intervene
- Join protests for a call to collective action
- Media attention matters!
Support marginalised communities
Open up your home
Do you have space to host refugees? We encourage you to get in touch with your local refugee centres to see how you can help – whether it’s opening up your home or volunteer for other practical support.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS FOR HOSTING REFUGEES:
- Room for Refugees (worldwide)
- I Can Help Host (worldwide)
- Ukraine Now (international)
- Homes for Ukraine (EU)
- War Help EU
- Homes for Ukraine (UK)
- Unterkunft Ukraine (Germany)
- Shelter for Ukraine (Germany)
- Wunderflats (Germany)
- Je m’engage pour l’Ukraine (France)
- Veneto Region Hosting (Italy)
- Official government hotline for hosting in Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Murcia (Spain)
- Apply to be a host for refugees (Switzerland)
- Post a job (EU-wide)
- Hire for Ukraine – Services offered (International – Filter by Country)
- AdAid.eu (EU-wide)
- UA Talents (International)
- Help a refugee find a job – Imagine Foundation (Germany)
- Registration form – Job hiring (Germany)
- Hire refugees – Imagine Foundation (Germany)
- Hire refugees – Händler helfen Händlern (Germany)
RESOURCES & MORE:
- Information for Ukrainians arriving in Austria
- UNHCR Info for Ukrainian Nationals in Austria
- WKO: Information on residence and employment in Austria
- Caritas: Legal advice
- War in Ukraine – help and support from the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF)
Finding a safe refuge
European institutions & agencies
European networks in the cultural sector
- IETM (Performing Arts sector)
- On the Move (cultural mobility)
- Trans Europe Halles (independent venues throughout Europe)
- Liveurope (music, venues)
- European Theater Convention (highlighting stories from Ukrainian theater professionals)
- The UN Women Europe and Central Asia office
- Dachverband – Austrian Filmmakers Association – Filmmakers for Ukraine
- University for Music & Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) – MORE program for Ukrainians who want to join the Spring Semester (Mar-Jun 2022)
- The University of Applied Arts Vienna (die Angewandte) – Ukraine program, for special access to courses or full-fledged student spots
Arts & Culture Responses and Resources
- Music Export Ukraine
- Music Export Ukraine – Information & Resource Document
- Artists at Risk Connection (resources for Ukrainian artists)
- Throughline Podcast (history of Ukraine)
- Trans Europe Halles (resource list and suggested actions)
- Ukrainian Cultural Foundation
- Artists at Risk (emergency resources for artists and cultural workers)
- Reading List: Emergency Teach-In (resource for artists, activists and arts workers)
AUSTRIAN INITIATIVE: »Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists«
OFFICE UKRAINE Mission:
Office Ukraine provides assistance to people from the cultural environment of Ukraine who are looking for help – both online and on-site as a mediation and coordination center. The platform connects the cultural workers from Ukraine with institutions, individuals and initiatives in Austria who are willing to support them in crisis situations.
On the one hand, »Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists« is aimed at all Austrian people and institutions who want to provide work, accommodation and project opportunities for cultural workers who have fled Ukraine, while the Office offers help mediating them. On the other hand, the Austrian art and cultural landscape is encouraged to increasingly involve Ukrainian artists and cultural workers – both refugees and those who have remained in the country – through the awarding of exhibition participations, commissions for works, texts, concerts, invitations to competitions, etc.
How it works:
Office Ukraine functions as a networking platform both online and at its offices in Vienna (tranzit.at), Graz (rotor) and Innsbruck (Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen). Its primary function is to support Ukrainian Artists in Austria who have fled the war. It does so by providing them with information and contacts about individuals, organizations and initiatives in the cultural sector who are willing to help with accommodation, services, facilities and / or other donations. You can contact the Office Ukraine either by Email (Office Ukraine Vienna: email@example.com; Office Ukraine Graz: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office Ukraine Innsbruck: email@example.com) or by using the forms on the Office’s website. If you want to visit us, please make an appointment via Email to make sure that somebody is available.
Individuals willing to help should submit offers for assistance, accommodation, or services via webforms:
Ukrainian Artists can contact the Office via this form:
Austrian Federal Ministry – Special Funding for Ukrainian Artists
The funding of the BMKÖS is intended to provide quick and targeted support to Ukrainian artists who have fled their country by providing financial means in the form of work stipends as well as project funding, thus ensuring that they can work and live safely in Austria. In particular, a framework for networking and exchange with the art and cultural scene in Austria is to be created.
Funding will be provided for:
- Grants (€ 1.400 per month per artist for 3 months)
- Projects (maximum € 5,000 per project; no infrastructure or rental costs can be funded).
Eligible applicants are:
- Individuals and cultural institutions in Austria from all artistic disciplines who support artists who have fled Ukraine or who jointly develop projects.
- Artists who have fled Ukraine.
- Individuals and cultural institutions in Austria from all artistic disciplines who are implementing artistic projects in Ukraine.
- The applicant or cultural institution confirms in the grant application that the funds received will be used exclusively for artists who have fled Ukraine.
- Completed and signed grant application (PDF, 232 KB) including enclosures is obligatory (enclosures: portfolio, CV, budget, schedule, possible project description).
- All documents (enclosures also possible in English) must be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The applications will be evaluated by a specially appointed jury.
- Submissions will be processed on an ongoing basis.
- Projects or plans that are part of annual programs or projects that have already been funded projects are not eligible for additional funding.
Playlists & Music
Not only does music have the power to move – on both an individual and societal level, it also has the power to put money in people’s pockets! Don’t just stream… purchase! Best way is through the artist directly. But don’t forget other kinds of deals like Bandcamp Fridays… In a nutshell: get involved in ways to support Ukrainian artists!
- Stand With Ukraine playlist curated by music export agencies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
- War in Ukraine playlist curated by Music Export Ukraine
- Together with Ukraine Bandcamp Campaign
- Ukraine Jazz n More playlist
- A Guide To Ukraine-Supporting Compilations on Bandcamp Friday
- DJ Mag feature on how to support Ukrainian labels and artists
- A Collective Memoir – Ukrainian playlist on Bandcamp
- Rolling list of Ukrainian labels and artists you can support
And, if you are in the music industry and have the power to program or book Ukrainians in your venue, festival or project, go for it! Get creative in finding ways to support Ukrainian artists!
Stories to be told
- #Ukraine #notspeechless ARTE – Stories of Ukrainians
- “They Once Made Music in Ukraine. Now They’re Fighting for Their Country” – Rolling Stone Magazine
- “We’re trying to survive, we’re not thinking about music” – Insounder
- “Igor Sidorenko: There Are No Concerts, You Could Miss the Siren behind the Loud Music and Die” – Insounder
- “Music in Ukraine” – With Ukraine Instagram story of inspiring moments of music amidst the war
There is plenty more to do, say and find. Please email email@example.com for suggestions of more resources. Thank you!