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NATS COVID Resources Page

posted on 11:06 AM, March 24, 2020
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During this unprecedented time NATS and NATS members and friends have sprung to action to provide a variety of resources to help the singing community adapt to the new realities facing our industry.  It truly takes a community to help us navigate these times with creativity, ingenuity, compassion, and leadership.  NATS is here to help you succeed during these times.  If you know of a resource that is particularly relevant for singing professionals please email it to info@nats.org.  


NATS COVID-19 Resources List

compiled and managed by Deanna McBroom, MM

9/17/20 Webinar

Mask Design 101: A Bootcamp for Masks during Covid-19


This recording of the recent bootcamp on mask design led by John Volckens and Christian L’Orange of Colorado State University. Learn about what separates a “good” mask from a “bad” one. In this 90-minute webinar you will learn about:
• Principles of mask performance and testing
• A primer on aerosols and filtration theory
• Design features (do’s and don’ts) that lead to better mask performance
• Lessons learned after months of mask and respirator testing

8/10/20 Webinar

Preliminary Study Results on the Safety of Singing


This specific session 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. The live webinar hosted by NATS is moderated by Allen Henderson, executive director of NATS. Among the guests joining us are:

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.

Otolaryngologist Dr. Lucinda Halstead, is founder and medical director of the Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).

Olivia Lerwick, soprano is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder whose singing was measured as a part of the ongoing study.

Webinar Powerpoint 
Personal Risk Tolerance Assessment

What does the data say in my locale?
GA Tech Event Risk Assessment Tool 

What about my studio/building?
The University of Colorado Boulder risk assessment tool
Harvard-UC Boulder Portable Air Cleaner Calculator for Schools.v1.1
ASHRAE Resources 


6/29/20 Webinar                                   

After COVID: Concerns for Singers


Assessing the risk of singers’ contracting COVID-19 illness typically center around only three possible outcomes:

• avoiding COVID-19 infection altogether                       
• contracting COVID-19 and recovering from it
• contracting COVID-19 and dying from it

Yet there is another outcome that should be inserted in this list: contracting COVID-19 and living with its aftereffects. Because these aftereffects can include reduced lung capacity and intubation injuries - byproducts with potentially devastating effects on singers - this webinar will be devoted to a frank discussion of these and other COVID-19 related concerns. The goal of the webinar is to help singers create their own COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Decision Matrix tool.

Hosted by: Lynn Helding, Professor, Vocal Arts and Opera, Coordinator, Vocology and Voice Pedagogy
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music


• David Meyer, DM, Associate Professor of Voice and Voice pedagogy and Director of the Janette Ogg Voice Research Center at Shenandoah Conservatory
• John Nix; Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, University of Texas/San Antonio

Guest Medical Professionals

• Thomas Leigh Carroll, MD; Director of the Voice Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School
• Michael Johns III, MD; Professor Of Clinical Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Southern California, Director of the USC Voice Center of Keck Medical Center
• Wendy LeBorgne, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (Dayton, OH), and The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH).

Joined by:
Karen Brunssen, NATS President
Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director

Decision Assist Reflection Tool

David Meyer Slides

John Nix Slides

Thomas Carroll Notes

Wendy LeBorgne Slides


5/27/20 Webinar                 

Topic: Singing: What We CAN Do #nats #natsofficial This webinar focuses on examples of how singers and singing ensembles are producing their art now, and creating and maintaining community, as physical distancing guidelines continue to be in place. Leaders will share promising projects and technologies that keep us connected and singing. Our goal is to share inspiration, vision, and creative, practical solutions for our field. 




5/21/20 - The CDC has released updated guidelines for reopening colleges and universities. They can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html


A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing
May 5, 2020 Webinar

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) presented an important webinar about the near term future of singing as we seek fact based solutions in protecting our singers, teachers, and conductors during this time. The live webinar hosted by NATS was moderated by Tim Sharp, executive director of ACDA, Catherine Dehoney, president and CEO of Chorus America, Marty Monson, CEO of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and Allen Henderson, executive director of NATS.

Among the guests joining us will be:
Dr. Donald Milton, a leading researcher whose work focuses on the interrelated areas of infectious bioaerosols, exhaled breath analysis, and development and application of innovative methods for respiratory epidemiology. Dr. Milton is Professor of Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine.
Otolaryngologist Dr. Lucinda Halstead, is founder and medical director of the Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also President Elect of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).
Mollie Quinlan-Hayes is director of ArtsReady, a national initiative of South Arts and most recently served as deputy director at South Arts.
Tom Clareson is project director of Performing Arts Readiness, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations protect their assets, sustain operations, and prepare for emergencies.

More information about our organizations is available at:

Additional resources mentioned in the webinar:

Future of Singing Power Point
Future of Singing PDF
COVID 19 & SINGING - Research Articles & Guidelines List
Catherine Dehoney Power Point
Catherine Dehoney PDF
Donald Milton PDF
Lucinda Halstead Power Point
Lucinda Halstead PDF

NATS Guide to  the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

NEW! 4.8.20: Artist Relief Fund

New $10M fund providing direct $5000 grants to working artists. Independent and gig working artists should pay special attention. Apply now! 

U.S Citizen Resources

Last Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the third phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response relief package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2.2 trillion emergency stimulus package includes important provisions for the arts sector and its multiple constituencies. In addition to supplemental Federal Arts Funding for a number of arts-related organizations and nonprofits, the act also addresses the plight of small businesses and individuals who have experienced devastating economic losses as a result of the pandemic.
Music teachers, especially independent studio teachers, may be eligible for many of the economic relief provisions for entrepreneurs, independent contractors, gig workers, and small businesses.
NATS wants to assist our members in understanding the CARES Act and the relief it can provide for you as individuals and as music teachers, multi-teacher studios, and entrepreneurs. The information that follows below summarizes some of the important features most pertinent to music teachers. While the Act is much more broad we have tried to distill the most important aspects for our industry
Are you self-employed, a gig worker, an independent contractor, or a sole proprietor? (This is a majority of independent voice teachers)
Step one for individuals who are self-employed, sole proprietors, gig workers, etc. is to file for unemployment in your state. The process and timing varies by state and the state's ability to mobilize for the surge of applications. Even if you have only lost a portion of your gig or other income you may be eligible for partial benefits.  
Are you a part-time or full-time employee that has been furloughed from one or more jobs?
Many employers help file unemployment claims for employees. If this is not available to you, the answer above applies to you.  
A temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program has been established through December 31, 2020, to provide payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. This legislation will fund an additional $600 per week payment to each recipient of unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for up to four months. In addition, it will provide an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits through December 31, 2020, to help those who remain unemployed after weeks of state unemployment benefits are no longer available.
Do you own a small business? Multi teacher studio? Run a non-profit?
Several programs are designed to help those in our industry who run a small business or non-profit.
We recommend reading the Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act which provides an overview of the resources available to you. They include:
Emergency Economic Injury Grants of $10,000
Paycheck Protection Program to help you retain employees ( a portion of loans approved in this program may be forgiven based on meeting provisions in the legislation)
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
If you already have a SBA Loan there are provisions to help you as well.
Additional helpful information for Non-Profits
Charitable Giving Tax Deduction
An “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100 percent of AGI for contributions made in 2020. . The lifting of this cap offers charitable individuals to make larger tax deductible gifts to NATS and other charitable organizations. To discuss a gift to NATS, please contact Allen Henderson at allen@nats.org or donate here
Checks for Individuals
Each individual with annual income under $75,000, single, or $150,000 for married filing jointly, will receive a check for $1,200 plus an additional $500 per child. The amount is completely phase out for those whose income exceeds $99,000, single, or $198,000 married filing jointly.
Retirement Withdrawals
Through December 31, 2020, eligible taxpayers can take up to $100,000 in Coronavirus distributions out of their retirement plan without incurring the 10% penalty or repay it within three years. Eligible taxpayers include those who have been diagnosed with or taking care of a dependent with the COVID-19 virus or are experiencing financial hardship from being quarantined, laid off, etc.


Our Canadian members also have resources available to them for relief aid.  

Canada Councilhttps://canadacouncil.ca/covid-19-information

Global Affairs Canada has implemented the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad, which will allow Canadians to access an emergency loan of up to $5,000 to help secure their timely return to Canada and to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide support to self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who are not eligible for EI. It will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will is accessible through a secure web portal HERE.

Other possible measures:

  • A one-time special GST credit payment in early May 2020 will provide close to $400 for single individuals and $600 for couples eligible to benefit from this measure.
  • For those with children, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amount will increase for the 2019-20 benefit year by $300 per child as part of the May payment.
  • The tax deadline for 2019 has been moved to June 1, 2020. Canadians who have filed their taxes already, and owe money, will not have to pay until September 1, 2020.
  • The six largest financial institutions will work with customers to provide flexible solutions on mortgage and credit payments on case by case basis.

Canadian Actor's Equity COVID Resources Page has an extensive list of links to the latest information for Canadian artists.  

Opera Canada COVID-19 Resources fo Artists has an extensive lists of resources listed for artists in a variety of genres.  



Recordings available to members and non-members at: https://www.nats.org/chats_schedule.html

*Emergency NATS Chat - Calming the Coronavirus Crisis and Taking Your Teaching Online

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Teaching Lyric Diction Online
Guests: Cheri Montgomery, Dawn Padula, and Allen Henderson

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Taking Voice Pedagogy Courses Online During COVID-19 
Guests: Joshua Glasner, Nicholas Perna, Kathy Price, and John Nix

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Panelists: Dr. Ann Marie Roepke, Psychologist, PhD, Susan and Dr. Duce Miles LCSW

*Special Edition NATS Chat: The Collaborative Pianist during COVID-19
Panelists: Craig Terry, Rhonda Kline, Laurie Rogers, Nicholas Shaneyfelt 

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Making a Professional Pivot During COVID-19
Guests: Morgan James, Tamar Greene, Alex Fletcher, Joelle Harvey, Angela Young Smucker, Mikki Sodergren, Morris Robinson

*Special Edition NATS Chat: A Singer’s Mental Health During COVID-19
Guests: Dr. Yvette Litchfield and Dr. Julio Rosario

*Special Edition NATS Chat: Tools for Self-Care to Manage Stress During COVID
Guest: Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk


Please like and follow the official NATS FB page

We also have a variety of Facebook Groups which we hope you will join as appropriate. We feel the first three are very important and others are optional based on your specific needs:
NATS Chat for Voice Teachers
NATS Members-Only Group

Your Chapter and Region NATS Facebook pages

*NATS Does… pages

We have set up a number of groups to assist those who are using a variety of specific online learning platforms during this time.  You can simply search for “NATS does XXX” with your platform and see if there is one for you. 

NATS does Zoom                           NATS does Skype                   NATS does D2L
NATS does Canvas                         NATS does Google                  NATS does VL.com
NATS does Blackboard                   NATS does Moodle                  NATS does Microsoft Teams                                         

LIVE STREAMED EVENTS- #click4concerts

NATS is making available its events calendar during the COVID-19 Crisis for our entire singing community to post events that are being live streamed.  We need art and we crave to make art during times like these. We will be sharing events and links to the calendar in a variety of ways. They can be free or for profit. Submit your event here. Encourage your students and colleagues to post events.


We have made the Journal of Singing online archive available to all for free during this time when libraries are not available for teachers, students, and researchers so they can use it to complete study, write papers, and research. For non-members and students, they can visit the archive HERE, begin a search, and when they click on a particular article they will be prompted to create a guest account which they can use to access the entire JOS database until the end of the academic year in mid-June. 


NATS is providing 16 free NATS Live Learning Center Videos available for one time viewing.  Teachers may also find valuable resources here for class use while teaching online.  Visit the Live Learning Center and click on the free resources tab to access these sessions at no cost.  

Conference 2018, Crosstraining in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act
Conference 2018, Cançoes e mondhinas: A lecture recital of Brazilian Art Song Repertoire
Winter 2020, The Self-Assured Singer: Preparation for Audition Success
Conference 2018, Teaching Outside the Gender Binary
Summer 2015, Pedagogy of Gospel Singing: An Overview
Winter 2020, Alexander Technique for Practice and Rehearsal
Summer 2019, So You've Been Asked to Teach Diction
Winter 2017, The Voice from Foot to Head: A Holistic Approach to Safe Vocalizing
Conference 2018, Training the Whole Voice: In Pursuit of a New Paradigm
Conference 2018, Performing the Great American Songbook
Conference 2018, Necessary Roughness in Voice Pedagogy: The Special Psychoacoustics of the Singing Voice with Ian Howell
Conference 2016, Voice Science Plenary Sessions 1 and 2 with Dr. Robert Bastian
Conference 2014, Voice Science Plenary Sessions 1 and 2 with Dr. Steven M. Zeitels and others
Conference 2012, Mindful Voice – The Singing Teacher in the Age of Cognitive Revolution with Lynn Helding

CHAPTERS AND REGIONS Online Meetings and Events

NATS GoToMeeting and NATS Zoom are available for your NATS-centric needs for communication or holding a chapter or region event. We encourage you to engage members in innovative ways with the ingenuity we are so thankful for, much of which carries over to other chapters, regions and national levels. To set up a meeting/event contact tina@nats.org.  She will need to know the purpose of the meeting and a general idea of who will be there.

Publisher Resources for These Times

A number of publishers have issues statements to help us during this time.

Hal Leonard
ECS Publishing

Partner Sites with COVID Resources

NATS is proud to have strong partnerships with sister organizations who are also providing a variety of resources that may be of interest to the singing community

Opera America COVID Resource Hub
MTNA Resource Page
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Resource Page
National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) webinar
American Association of Independent Music extensive list of relief resources
Chorus America resource page


If you have found the services NATS has provided during these times have value for you and your teaching, please consider joining NATS.  We are over 7,000 members strong and the largest organization of voice professionals in the world.  Click here for more info