The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a betrayal of humanity. In the face of this attack on an independent nation, with innocent citizens being killed, maimed, or forced to flee their homes, we may feel powerless as arts organizations to make a difference. Nonetheless, this past week the classical music world has moved swiftly to respond to unfolding events and many American orchestras have expressed their solidarity with the people of Ukraine in powerful ways.
Music at its very core stands for humanity, peace, freedom of expression, and for coming together above personal difference. As a sector we will continue to use our voice and our art to stand up for dignity and safety in the face of oppression.
The League of American Orchestras has brought together on this page some examples of how orchestras are supporting Ukraine in this tragic moment.
Sharing artistry and using the power of music to support peace and understanding are ways orchestras can help now and in the weeks ahead. One resource orchestras might find helpful is the Ukrainian Scores project, which provides musical scores by Ukrainian composers. We invite orchestras to highlight their artistic responses by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your orchestra’s action.
The U.S. Department of State is highlighting a gofundme campaign for a Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund as one centralized fundraising effort, which also includes links to individual, verified nonprofit humanitarian organizations.
We will continue to update this page and keep you informed about other ways you can help.
With best wishes,
President and CEO
League of American Orchestras