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.
Research and Data Resources and Tools:
- Performing Arts Aerosolization Study (led by University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Maryland)
- Georgia Tech Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
- Colorado State Mask Efficiency Evaluation Tool (including singers masks)
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).
- CDC Considerations for Events and Gatherings
- Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
- University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music COVID Research
- Western ACDA Division paper
- ACDA COVID Resources
- Chorus America COVID Resources
- Barbershop Harmony Society COVID Resources
- NATS COVID Resources
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.
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.
- Rehearsal Guide: Choral Singing in the Time of COVID-19 by Tim Seelig
- Know Your Own Bone blog by Colleen Dilenschneider: data-driven insights into audience intent to visit cultural institutions
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.
New Asks for Policies to Support the Arts during COVID-19 (April 17, 2020)
Arts Support Included in Third Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill (March 27, 2020)
The Latest on COVID-19 Relief Legislation (March 24, 2020)
Contact Congress Regarding COVID-19 Relief Today! (March 20, 2020)
*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.
Relief for Individual Artists
- The Artist Relief Fund, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants to individual artists.
- The Artist Relief Fund is also working with research partner Americans for the Arts on the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers. The data will help document the financial and creative impact of COVID-19 on creative workers and make sure that their voices are heard in future advocacy efforts.
- This FAQ from the Future of Music Coalition is a clear and helpful resource for musicians who are freelancers or independent contractors. This group, one of Chorus America’s advocacy partners, also recently shared this Google Doc tracking the state of rollout of UI benefits for the self-employed in each state.
Resources, FAQs, and Inspiration
Cancellations and Postponements
- Chorus Connection: What To Do When Your Concert Gets Canceled
- iCadenza: Cancelled gigs due to coronavirus?
- Chorus Connection: Transforming Your Fundraising Event into a Virtual Event, or a Non-Event
- Performing Arts Website: Financial Losses Calculator
- Creative Community Singing Outlets in the Face of COVID-19
- New Choral Broadcasts to Get Us Through COVID-19
Virtual Ensemble Creation Free Download (from Developlay)
- Chorus Connection blog
- ArtsReady: Emergency Preparedness and Insurance Policies,
- Event Safety Alliance - Webinar: 8 Steps that Should be Taken by Organizations that Host Public Events
- Facebook Live interview: Choral Arts on artistic contingency planning and virtual rehearsal options
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.