Choruses and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Chorus America continues to track news and collect information about the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from our members and partners. This page serves as our central hub of information to help you stay informed and weather the storm. We're here for you, and we'll help you make it through this crisis.

 

Returning to In-Person Singing and Performing

We're currently collecting resources to help choruses budget and plan, from thoughts on rehearsal protocols to audience behavior.

  • APAP|NYC+ 2021: Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Public Health and the Re-opening of the Performing Arts: a 30-minute interview covering the following topics that are relevant to choruses and the performing arts:
    • COVID IMPACT ON THE ARTS (0:12)
    • TIMELINE ON RETURNING TO “NORMAL” (1:54)
    • ASYMPTOMATIC SPREAD (2:55)
    • IS IT SAFE ONCE YOU ARE VACCINATED? (5:22)
    • GETTING THE ARTS BACK TO WORK (6:45)
    • PERFORMANCE IN THE U.S. VS. OTHER COUNTRIES? (11:34)
    • CAN PERFORMING ARTISTS SAFELY TOUR? (14:53)
    • PERFORMING ARTS AS PART OF THE SOLUTION (16:26)
    • HOW TO ENSURE AUDIENCES ARE COVID-FREE (20:42)
    • HOW TO MAKE INDOOR PERFORMANCES SAFE (21:38)
    • CAN WE SAFELY HOLD PERFORMANCES OUTDOORS? (23:27)
    • WHEN CAN CHILDREN RETURN TO THE THEATER? (24:17)
    • INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RETURNING TO THE U.S. (25:26)
    • HOW LONG WILL VACCINES LAST? (26:24)
    • FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (27:07)
  • Know Your Own Bone blog by Colleen Dilenschneider: data-driven insights into audience intent to visit cultural institutions
  • WolfBrown Audience Outlook Monitor: WolfBrown has launched Audience Outlook Monitor, an international collaboration between top researchers, funders, service organizations, and hundreds of cultural organizations who want to make informed decisions about how and when to re-start programming based on rigorous research data. Several choral organizations have been part of this research.

Relief Funding and Congressional Action

Chorus America is working with our advocacy partners to stay on top of the latest developments as the federal government enacts new forms of relief. *Stay tuned, particularly for details on how to access and apply for relief funding that is being made available.

  • Recording of SBA Preliminary "Save our Stages" Webinar The Small Business Administration (SBA) hosted a preliminary webinar regarding the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (known as the Save Our Stages Program) on Thursday, January 14.

    • Webinar highlights:

      • In advance of opening the grant-making process, SBA will host future webinars, including a pre-application information session

      • Once the grant window opens, grants will be processed "in order of priority;" full details on what this means still to come.

      • As the SBA continues to work on full guidance, it will soon post online a top-level matrix comparing PPP to Shuttered Venue Operators Grants.

      • The application process is still being designed and has not opened, so stay tuned for more updates by checking www.sba.gov/coronavirus. A specific SVOG page is here.

    • In the meantime, SBA advises interested applicants to:

      • Send questions to SVOgrant@sba.gov

      • Keep in mind that, once the grantmaking process opens, local SBA offices may be a helpful resource in preparing applications

      • Begin assembling basic information about prior monthly revenue information and list of potential uses of Shuttered Venue Operator grant funds.

  • New COVID Relief Funding Resources (January 13, 2021) At the end of December, the U.S. Congress passed a year-end package of FY21 federal funding and coronavirus assistance of unprecedented scope. Now the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury are working to issue official guidance on how the new laws will be implemented, including relaunching the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which reopened this week for both first and second draw loan.

*Your elected officials will likely be key partners in helping you to gain access to any relief available, so we urge you to help build and strengthen those relationships now.

Research and Data Resources and Tools:

Recorded Webinars:

Presented in partnership with National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).

Preliminary Study Results on the Safety of Singing (August 10)

This webinar discusses the singing specific content from the preliminary study results on aerosols in the performing arts being undertaken at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Maryland. Guests include Dr. Jelena Srebric, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland and a lead researcher on the Performing Arts Aerosol Study jointly funded by leading performing arts organizations; and otolaryngologist Dr. Lucinda Halstead, president of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).

 
Additional Resource Links
Singing - What We CAN Do (May 26)

This webinar focuses on examples of how singers and singing ensembles are producing their art now, as physical distancing guidelines continue to be in place. A variety of guests will share promising projects and existing and emerging technologies that keep us connected and singing. The discussion will be moderated by Chorus America board chair Brian Newhouse, and feature guests including Francisco and Elizabeth Núñez of Young People's Chorus of New York City and G. Phillip Shoultz of VocalEssence. Access the webinar recording here. 

What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing? (May 5)

Chorus America joined with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), along with American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) to present an important webinar on May 5 about the near term future of singing as we seek fact based solutions in protecting our singers, teachers and conductors during this time. Access the webinar recording and related resources here.

Cancellations and Postponements
Virtual Outlets
Preparedness Guides
Additional Resources

Monitoring the Situation

This situation continues to develop, and affects different communities in different ways at different times. In addition to monitoring information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s important to check your state and local health agencies for guidance specific to your location.

The CDC have issued guidance to help businesses and employers and are working to produce planning guides for COVID-19 that community-based organizations can use.

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