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.

 

New Webinar: Singing - What We CAN Do

Tuesday, May 26; 5 pm Eastern

No need to register; watch at https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialNATS

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).

This next webinar in our partnership series will focus 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.

There's no need to register for this webinar. It will be broadcast live and available after the live broadcast at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialNATS

Recorded Webinar: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing?

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.

A condensed version of this video will be available in the next few days. 

Envisioning the 2020-21 Season

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

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.

*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.

National Endowment for the Arts Funding

The CARES Act includes $75 million dollars in funding to be adminstered by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the NEA announced funding guidelines on April 8. Of the funding, 40% will be awarded directly to state and local arts agencies to didtribute through their funding programs by April 30. The remainder will be delivered through direct, one-time grants to eligible nonprofit arts organizations. 

All applicants for direct grants must be previous National Endowment for the Arts award recipients from the past four years. All grants are no cost share/nonmatching and will be awarded for a fixed amount of $50,000. Please see the Arts Endowment’s website for program description, eligibility requirements, application review, and FAQs. Applications are due April 22, with grants announced by June 30.

National Endowment of the Arts FAQs for COVID-19 impact on applicants and awardees

Relief for Individual Artists

Resources, FAQs, and Inspiration

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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