THE NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES AN HISTORIC VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM REFLECTING ON THE TWO-YEAR IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MUSIC COMMUNITY

U.S. Music Leaders to Present “Pandemic Reflections on The Future of Music: Education, Creation, Performance and Business” Public Education Webinar on Monday, March 14, 2022.

2022, the Second Anniversary of the US Covid-19 Shutdown

(Tuesday, March 8, 2022 New York, NY) The National Music Council of the United States (“the NMC”) announced today a symposium marking the second anniversary of the nation’s initial Covid-19 shutdown.

This symposium, “Pandemic Reflections on The Future of Music: Education, Creation, Performance and Business,” will be presented by music leaders from all facets of education and industry who will discuss the pandemic’s profound and lasting impact on all who value this vital human resource. The online event will take place Monday, March 14, 2022 6:30-9:30 PM EST.

The NMC has tapped notable industry experts from these four facets of music in American life, work and society to speak of their direct experiences creating, working, and teaching at a time of global health crisis and isolation.

Leading the Music Education panel will be Dr. James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations (NFHS) with Chris Woodside, Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities that were created during the past two years and where music education is heading next. The panel will feature leading music educators and administrators from around the country.

Deirdre Chadwick, Executive Director of BMI Classical and President of the BMI Foundation, will lead the Music Industry panel of prominent business leaders who observed and felt the effects on the music supply chain firsthand.

Dan Beck, now serving as Trustee of the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund and former record label executive, will host the Live Performance panel in the context of noting the multi-billion-dollar impact on live touring professionals and related community industries.

Nina Ossoff, a multi-genre and multi-platinum professional songwriter, will lead the Music Creators panel as they discuss how the pandemic impacted their creativity and livelihoods.

International music copyright attorney and NMC board chair Charlie Sanders will host the event. According to Sanders, “All of us in the music community have just come through a challenging two-year period of physical isolation from one another. During that time, even as we witnessed and

perhaps experienced illness-based tragedies, we also succeeded in finding innovative ways to continue creating, interacting, teaching and earning under some of the most difficult circumstances in music history. It now falls to us to analyze and preserve what we have learned and experienced – both the good and the bad. The National Music Council believes that establishing an archive of recollections regarding this period of struggle will be of enormous value to future generations.”

Admission is free to attend the symposium, however registration is encouraged.

Read more about the event and all panelists and register to attend by visiting this page or navigating to musiccouncil.org.

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About the National Music Council of the United States: Founded in 1940 and chartered by the 84th United States Congress in 1956, the NMC brings its support of music education beyond national borders through its participation in the International Music Council of UNESCO, representing the United States at the IMC General Assembly. The NMC acts as a clearing house for the joint opinion and decision of its members and is dedicated to strengthening the importance of music in our life and culture. Interested parties may learn more at https://www.musiccouncil.org/.