On 27 June 2018, popular Uzbekistan singer Ulugbek Rakhmatullayev’s performance license was revoked by state institution Uzbekkontsert, reported popular Eastern European news outlet Ozodlik (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). The organization initially denied Rakhmatullayev the opportunity to renew his license because of his refusal to perform in certain regions, and as such, was found to be in violation of the terms and conditions of his license agreement. It is unclear why the artist did not want to perform in specific areas, explained the independent online newspaper News of Uzbekistan.
Following the incident, the singer apologized to Uzbekkontsert and held a charity concert on 10 July in the Samarkand region. The agency approved of the event and reinstated Rakhmatullayev’s license the following day.
The agency is responsible for distributing documentation that allows approved individuals to perform within Uzbekistan. The license is valid for one year and must be renewed at the end of each term in order for the artist to legally continue performing. Approval parameters are set forth in the law “On Licensing Certain Types of Activities” and item 37 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations, reported News of Uzbekistan.