Sing Ireland sends a message of support and solidarity to all of the singing groups, choirs and conductors/music directors who are currently working in isolation and can’t meet physically. The lives of so many have been drastically changed over the past weeks with the spread of Coronavirus (Covid 19) across the world. Our first thoughts, however, are with the family and friends of those who may be directly impacted by the virus. We know the considerable worry and upset this must be causing and our best wishes and thoughts are with all those affected.
Useful Resources for Singing Groups and Musicians
At the moment, however, there are a number of inventive supports available to singing groups and they can and already are, in many cases engaging with new ways of working. Sing Ireland has put together the below listing that may be of help at the moment.
Taking your Choir Rehearsals Online – Advice for getting set up and organised to host a virtual choir session by Chorus Connection Blog.
ZOOM – Online video calling software. It is free to sign up to Zooms Basic plan and is proving quite popular with virtual music lessons and virtual choir sessions due to the quality of the video call and the ability to host up to 100 people for free.
MUSICIANS’ FINANCIAL RELIEF
Civic Theatre Artist Emergency Relief Fund (Applications for grants of up to €500)
Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (all PAYE and Self-Employed can apply)
The Big Covid Survival Choral Doc – A comprehensive list of online resources for musicians and choral groups.
What to do when your choral concert gets cancelled – Blog by Chorus Connection
What can you do to prepare for Covid-19- Blog by Chorus Connection
Irish and UK Festival and Event Cancellation List – Journal of Music are keeping a rolling list of cancelled events in Ireland and the UK.
COVID-19 ADVICE FOR IRISH COMMUNITY/CHARITY ORGANISATIONS
Create – Ireland – Updates from the national development agency for collaborative arts, Create.
The Wheel – Practical advice for Irish voluntary, community, charitable and social enterprises.
ISACS – Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network have helpful tips on Covid-19
OFFICIAL COVID-19 ADVICE
HSE Covid-19 Posters and Resources for putting up in your locality or sharing online.