For community music leaders having to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances and find alternative ways to share music making with their groups, CMVic has put together a list of resources to support you. We hope they will help! Our thanks to everyone for being so active and generous in sharing what they've found. We'll keep adding to this as we move forwards and hope they are of help if you're planning to take your regular 'real life' group online, or just want to feel connected with others experiencing similar feelings to yourself in this difficult time.
Acapella from PickPlayPost Sing together using Acapella! “Acapella is the ultimate music maker. Whether you’re a musician and you play the piano, guitar, flute, drums etc or love to sing a cover song or simply jam and record music - you can use Acapella singing app as a multitrack tool to create multi frame music videos”
CMVic user feedback: "While Acapella's easy, accessible and fun to use, we experienced a few intermittent synching issues between the visuals and the audio. This may have since been 'fixed' as the app was updated this week, and users definitely need headphones with a mic to record their part. This app works super well with quiet instruments but you might want to experiment with your approach before using louder instruments such as a saxophone!"
Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 This is a place for Australian Arts to ask questions and share ideas about how to work with Covid-19. Let's avoid fear & panic, and aim for sharing information and ways artists & orgs all over the world are innovating & surviving.
Community Choir Professionals: Free 14 day membership to this UK based website offering access to resources, ideas, training, support and community to help you keep your choir going through these difficult times.
Choirs on line A facebook group for Singing Leaders uncertain how to navigate a life online. “Thrown in at the deep end, without a lifeboat! Many of us have never taught a choir on line and right now we need a life line on line! I've set this up so we can support each other during this period of uncertainty”
CMVic Leading Community Music Online Detailed tried and tested information and resources to help you navigate your way into the online world of music making
CMVic Music Group Leaders' Lounge an online space created for band and music group leaders to connect and share ideas, resources and feedback.
CMVic Singing Leaders Lounge: a lovely, lively place for Singing Leaders from the CMVic network and beyond to exchange ideas, resources, events and get support from one another. Our primary value is that of creating inclusive communities through singing and we welcome all comers in that spirit.
Facebook live Take your pratice online and stream your singing or music making live for your group to sing or play along to. Engage with your audience live and in real time; build community using video. Go live from your page or your mobile device
JamKazam: Stay connected from your lounge room. Play music live and in sync with others from different locations! Rehearse together, co-write and produce music live, join open sessions to jam with others, and more!
I Lost My Gig Had to cancel a gig due to Coronavirus? Report how you've been impacted via this survey
OneMusic Australia Information about licencing for Community Music Groups' online activitiy during COVID-19 lockdown
Risks of COVID-19: Info for Leaders: The COVID-19 environment is uncertain and changes rapidly. CMVic is collating a list of research which discusses the risks involved in returning to group singing and music making
sofasession: find other musicians and connect up online to make real music in real time. Choose from two session types: 'Live' session for jamming with others live, and 'songs session' which allows you to jam with other musicians live over the internet, or load a song into the session. Confused? Watch a video explaining it all here!
Song a Day Free songs for community choirs from Jodie O'Regan. "These choir pdfs are free to share, copy, perform and record because I want choirs to sing them. All of my work as a musician has been about finding ways to include and connect people, to widen the music circle."
Wellbeing Helpline Feeling genuinely overwhelmed and unable to cope? The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service that is available to anyone working in Australian music (all genres), or the Australian Performing Arts, who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.
Warm Up Club A facebook group where the host runs through an online 30/40 min warm up for all brass instruments, ages and abilities.
Youtube live: Looking to stream? All the basics are covered, from setting up a channel through to engaging with an audience in real time
Find out all you need to know in how to host and run a Zoom session in this comprehensive guide from Community Music Victoria
*There is also our 'usual' list of useful online repertoire resources, compiled in a very different climate, which is available here.
› Assembling online: Five discussions about Inclusion, Disruption and Connection in Community Music23/Jun/2020It is something of an understatement to say that recent months have transformed our modes of assembly. COVID-19 has forced us to rethink and regroup how we gather, and the extraordinary proliferation of musical and other creative activity that we have seen on our screens and been part of since March is testament to how important the experience of assembly is to our spirit, our sense of community, and our intellectual nourishment. The pivot to online gatherings has seen many artistic plans and projects fall by the wayside in 2020 and perhaps beyond, and many of us are grieving these “untold losses” of art and artists and creative experiences that might have been. Read more...
› CMVic Response to COVID-1919/Mar/2020CMVic recognises the impact of the current situation regarding COVID-19 on all communities and are working to see how we can help. Many of our community will be impacted in various ways. We welcome all the initiative being taken by leaders and groups for online activities, and we are developing ideas about how we can support them. We expect that all our physical events up until the end of July will probably have to be postponed to later in the year, but we will be reviewing this situation regularly and updating our policy as necessary. Due to the health and wellbeing of our team being paramount, Community Music Victoria has now implemented a work from home policy. This will…
› Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra in your Loungeroom09/Jul/2020Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra in your Loungeroom - The Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) have created a YouTube channel where audiences can enjoy a library of curated performances. They are available for anyone to watch. If viewers subscribe they will be notified when new content is uploaded. More details at https://banyulecitycouncil.cmail20.com/t/d-l-muldttk-nhyhkmjd-m/
› Virtual School Holiday Program09/Jul/2020The School Holidays are sorted with YPRL! To make sure you're truly entertained, they're supplying activity packs filled with instructions to take part in 10 different activities. Each activity will be accompanied by a short instructional video on the YPRL Facebook page, one for every weekday of the School Holidays.…
› Victorian Venues Rescue Package09/Jul/2020Music Victoria is thrilled that the State Government has supported our live music rescue package to help Victorian live music venues through this crisis. Music Victoria has been meeting with venue owners weekly since the shutdown forced closures on Friday March 13, collecting data and articulating issues and priorities to…
› Birds Are Singing Country - Film and Article07/Jul/2020"ONE OF the many things that COVID has revealed to me, is that if you love a place, it will love you back. It’s an extension of Arthur Rubinstein’s idea that "if you love life, life will love you back". This year,…
› COVID-19 and Risk: Information for Community Music Makers02/Jul/2020Community Music Victoria has collated a reading list of information intended to help any community music group leaders or participants to consider the risks and requirements involved in returning to community group music making 'in real life'. It is important to note that the collation of this information is ongoing, that it is subject to change and is intended for guidance only. The information can be found under the 'resources' section of the website, here.
› Living with COVID-19 (to the tune of Leaving On a Jet Plane)01/Jul/2020Big thanks to Community Singing Leader, Leigh Cawood, who got in touch to share this parody she wrote to share with her 'Soup and Sing' singers. Pre-COVID,her group would get together about once a month to sing their hearts out. Leigh says, "thanks for all the work you do to keep us…
› Help with Leading Community Music Online01/Jul/2020As physical distancing measures continue in Victoria, music leaders have never been more essential in bringing connection, joy and wellbeing to communities across the state. At the same time, the work of leading community music has never been so complicated due to the demands of learning new and ever-changing technologies and systems. CMVic is here to support you to use online technologies to complement your practice: Check out our new Leading Community Music Online resource - this will continue to evolve over the coming weeks. Members of CMVic can book a one-to-one tech help appointment with our Online Tech Advisor, Craig Barrie. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your issue and when you are available for a…
› Join the CMVic Monthly Giving Circle01/Jul/2020Join CMVic's Monthly Giving Circle! Community Music Victoria is in an exciting phase and we are busy doing what we do best: developing, implementing and delivering a rich program of music making opportunities and projects to deliver across Victoria which are open to everyone. As an independent, not-for-profit, membership based organisation Community Music Victoria relies on a mix of Government funding, membership fees, sponsorship and your donation to exist. Your support is fundamental to the future of CMVic and to our broadening the take up of community music making in Victoria. Through your efforts, over the last couple of years we’ve been able to: Create hundreds of new songs and tunes to share with our communities at over a dozen major festivals and events Provide mentoring support all over Victoria to over 30 new singing…