May 20 2020

Music Covid Relief is a resource brought to you by partners in the U.S. Music Community to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act (Phase III of the Coronavirus Stimulus bill signed into law March 27, 2020) and the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” signed into law on April 24, 2020.

May 20 2020

Unprecedented International Coalition led by US Performing Arts Organizations to Commission COVID-19 Study

By Chairs, Mark Spede (CBDNA) and James Weaver (NFHS) on May 18, 2020 music directors & adjudicators article.

The National Music Council and a number of performing arts organizations have joined forces to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. It is important to understand what risks exist in performing arts classrooms and performance venues.  Specifically, the study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space. Although not yet proven, strong anecdotal evidence suggests that the COVID-19 virus can travel in the microscopic droplets expelled from a person with the virus, even when asymptomatic. The only way to determine what risk level exists or to create best practices for reducing infection risk is to understand how aerosol disbursement works in a performing arts setting.

Once the aerosol rates are better understood, the study will focus on remediation of aerosols in confined spaces like rehearsal rooms (both educational and professional), classrooms, and performance settings in order to develop better understanding, policy, and practice for a safe returning to performance and education.

Dr. Shelly Miller at the University of Colorado will lead the scientific study and says, “Aerosol generating activities have the potential to transmit COVID as the research shows, but we have very little data on what kinds of generation happen when playing instruments.  We will be studying this phenomenon (hopefully with funding) in our aerosol laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder and with this data, will be able to provide better evidence-based guidance.” (

Several national and international performing arts education organizations are combining resources to study the effects of COVID-19 aerosol transmission in performing arts performance settings. The study is a massive undertaking that will require a focused effort from all of us. This effort will be a duplicated study and will test how aerosols can spread from brass and woodwind instruments, the four vocal ranges, theatrical speech, and aerobic breathing. We are calling on any performing arts educational organization to join our research council.  Your organizational support is the most important, we also ask for your financial assistance, as these scientific research studies are labor and financially intensive. Together we can create scientifically proven methods for our return to performing arts education in a safe way with research showing us best practices and advocacy.

The coalition is being led by a committee made up of the following:

-Mark Spede, President of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and Director of Bands, Clemson University
-James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The organizations in the coalition to date include:

*College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
*National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
American Bandmasters Association (ABA)
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Athletes and the Arts
Association Européenne des Conservatoires/Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC)
Barbershop Harmony Society
College Music Society (CMS)
College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA)
Drum Corps International (DCI)
*Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
High School Directors National Association (HSBDNA)
International Conductors Guild
International Music Council
International Society for Music Education
Kappa Kappa Psi
MidWest Clinic
Minority Band Directors National Association
Music for All
Musical America Worldwide
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
*National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
National Band Association (NBA)
National Music Council of the US
National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA)
New York State Band Directors Association
Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE)
Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
Sweet Adelines International (SAI)
Tau Beta Sigma

Collegiate Conference Band Associations:

*ACC Band Directors Association
*Big 12 Band Directors Association
*Big 10 Band Directors Association
PAC 12 Band Directors Association

* Organizations have provided financial support
(Updated as of 5/18/20 at 3:30pm)

For more information or questions contact:
Mark Spede
James Weaver

Apr 28 2020

COVID-19 Resources for the Performing Arts

With the ever-changing situation and plentiful school closings occurring many Performing Arts classrooms are struggling with how to legally operate with e-learning. Below is a listing of national resources that you can use and share with your schools.

NFHS Resources

Copyright Guidance:
Distributed Music Recordings (NEW INFO):
Instrument Cleaning Guidelines (NEW INFO):
Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course (FREE):
COVID-19 Podcast:
Press Release (Music Publishers Allow for Educational Use of Copyrighted Music):

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Resources

COVID-19 Resources and News:
Free Professional Development Clock Hours – Articles for Teaching Online during COVID-19:
Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online Webinar:
Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators:
NAfME Online Professional Learning Community:

Music For All

Resources for Music Educators and Distance Learning:
Support for Freelance Artists:

Apr 06 2020

Music Coalition Join Forces On Website Offering Guidance, Resources For Music Community


April 1, 2020 – Leading artist rights organizations including the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the Music Artists Coalition (MAC), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Recording Academy, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Songwriters of North America (SONA), and more have joined forces to develop a website with guidance and resource materials for those in need in the arts/entertainment community.

With the historic passage of the CARES Act stimulus bill last Friday, the music advocacy organizations recognized the need for the creation of a central resource to help the music community at large understand and quickly access this critical aid. Working in concert, we are proud to announce the creation of The website will help people make real-world sense of the bill and showcase solutions and opportunities for those in need, along with downloadable forms and other resources.

In a joint statement, the organizations said: “The music community is extremely grateful for the benefits available to them through the CARES Act. The aid will be most valuable if people can access it in time to meet their needs. This coalition pooled its resources to compile information to assist members of our community, understand who is eligible, and how they access relief. We will continue to update the site as more information becomes available.”

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world, investing in great artists to help them reach their potential and connect to their fans. Nearly 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States is created, manufactured or distributed by RIAA members.

Mar 22 2020

Action Alert: Request Coronavirus Arts Relief from Congress

The coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector. Financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.2 billion. Since January 20th, cancellations and closings have been reported in thousands of communities spanning all 50 states. In order to support the sector at this vital time, REQUEST THAT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS include $4 billion—to be distributed though the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) — to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry, and expand eligibility through additional federal programs to ensure artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the creative economy can utilize business interruption relief.

Mar 21 2020

National Music Council Endorses NFHS/NAfME Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course

Using copyrighted materials is a complicated, but necessary ingredient in education. With recent lawsuits to schools topping $9 million it’s important to understand copyright compliance for the music classroom. With assistance and endorsement from the National Music Council, a copyright compliance education course has been developed by NMC members NAfME and NFHS.

This helpful course was designed by the NFHS and NAfME to explain what copyright means and when there may be exceptions. It discusses Fair Use, when a piece of music might be in the Public Domain, copyright infringement penalties, and much more. This unique course has been designed for the specific needs of Music Teachers, Spirit Coaches, School Administrators, Theatre Directors, and Speech/Debate

By completing this course, teachers and administrators can earn Continuing Education Units for recertification within their state.

Click HERE to take this FREE course

Click here to listen to copyright expert Alan Greiner talk about copyright compliance and why it’s soimportant.

Mar 20 2020

National Music Council’s Winter 2020 Newsletter

The National Music Council has announced that the Grammy® winning vocal group Take 6 will be among the 2020 recipients of its prestigious American Eagle Award for lifetime contribution to American music.

Mar 19 2020

2019–2020 Music In Our Schools Month®

Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) takes a new tack this year, focusing on lessons for second- and fifth-graders that help them learn elements of music through some classic children’s songs in English and Spanish. The lessons and songs, however, can be shared at many levels. All are available without charge to teachers for their use during MIOSM and beyond.

Oct 02 2019

National Music Council’s Fall 2019 Newsletter

The National Music Council honored iconic funk visionary George Clinton, beloved “Peanuts” composer and jazz piano giant Vince Guaraldi, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the organization’s 36th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 18th at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture, the ideal of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally. Presenters and performers for the 2019 event included renowned pianist George Winston, country singer/songwriter sensation John Rich, and Grammy award winning songwriter Liz Rose

Sep 09 2019

National Music Council’s 2019 American Eagle Award Honor George Clinton, Vince Guaraldi, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Music Council honored iconic funk visionary George Clinton, beloved “Peanuts” composer and jazz piano giant Vince Guaraldi, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the organization’s 36th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 18th at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture, the ideal of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally. Presenters and performers for the 2019 event included renowned pianist George Winston, country singer/songwriter sensation John Rich, and Grammy award winning songwriter Liz Rose.

The Honorees:
Recording under the banners of both Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B forever during the ’70s, morphing soul music into funk by adding influences from several of his late-’60s progressive rock music heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic sound ruled urban music in the following years, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles, including three number ones, and resulting in three platinum albums for Clinton. Through his inspiration, dedication and determination, George Clinton elevated funk to an art form, culminating in its full recognition as a distinct and distinguished musical genre throughout the world.

The musical works of Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976), created as both a composer and recording artist, are among the most beloved in the world. Often cited as a major musical and stylistic influence by jazz legends the likes of Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, David Benoit, and George Winston, Guaraldi’s jazz masterpiece “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” has remained a standard in the American repertoire since its Grammy-winning debut in 1963. Guaraldi is truly globally revered, however, for the contribution of his musical genius to the works of cartoonist Charles Schulz as an integral part of the “Peanuts/Charlie Brown” holiday specials. There are few places in the world that “Linus and Lucy,” “The Great Pumpkin Waltz,” “Christmastime Is Here,” and many other songs and recordings associated with those masterful programs are not adoringly celebrated, and Guaraldi’s resulting influence on the spread and appreciation of jazz as an international art form has been profound among generations of young listeners. The presentation was one of the rare times that the Council honored an artist posthumously. Vince’s daughter, Dia Guaraldi, accepted the award on behalf of the Guaraldi family.

NMC also honored the legendary Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with an American Eagle Award for its extraordinary contribution to American culture, not only through the Hall’s preservation and celebration of country music, but also for its amazing contribution to music education in the United States. In the past year alone, the organization welcomed 1.2 million guests to its museum, presented 12 new exhibits, and guided an astounding 1,241 educational programs that provided music-related instruction for nearly 100,000 people of all ages across the nation. Renowned Nashville singer-songwriter Liz Rose presented the award to the organization, joined by songwriting students of the museum’s education program.

This year’s honorees join a “who’s –who” of cultural icons whose careers and works have been previously awarded the American Eagle, including Stephen Sondheim, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Max Roach, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Crystal Gale, Ervin Drake, Theo Bikel, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Patti Smith, and 2018’s honorees, Chick Corea and The Manhattan Transfer.

The evening ceremony took place as part of The Summer NAMM Show at Nashville’s Music City Center. Proceeds from the event support the National Music Council’s music education and creator’s rights advocacy efforts.