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.
› Oh Me Oh My Oh: Leading Community Music Online30/Jul/2020As the tentative optimism emerging for some community music groups in term 3 was crushed by COVID once more, devising a resource to support leaders to facilitate online music making or to squeeze the most out of their current online practice became a priority. Saddened by the clipped wings of songbirds and the frustration of instrumentalists playing alone into the ether almost everywhere, CMVic began working on the development of resources to support an online take off as a way for groups to keep connected. The result is a fantastic, seven page, website resource called Leading Community Music Online, researched and written by CMVic’s newly appointed tech advisor, Craig Barrie. Read more...
› Connecting through Music in COVID Times30/Jul/2020“At a time when many people are feeling isolated and disconnected, it is an important reminder that we are going through this experience together. There are many ways we can be here for each other and connect, even across distance.” – Laura Brearley Something wonderful and ridiculous took place a few weeks ago during the depths of the first COVID lockdown. Community music leaders from Inverloch, Lyndal Chambers and Brian ‘Strat’ Strating, brought people together from far and wide and led a Virtual Street Band Parade. It was colourful, joyful and totally absurd. Read on... The Extraordinary Virtual Street Band Parade from Terry Melvin on Vimeo.
› CMVic’s 2020 Annual General Meeting31/Jul/2020The twenty-sixth Annual General Meeting of Community Music Victoria Inc. was held on Wednesday 15 July 2020 by Zoom. The meeting opened at 7:30pm with Bridget Roberts in the chair. Craig Barrie and Nicki Johnson led a call and response version of Laura Brearley’s song, ‘We Honour the Land’. There was reflection and celebration of the major projects and events of the year, and CMVic Coordinator, Oli Hinton, spoke to the 2019 Annual Report, a copy of which is available via this link. Some of the CMVic coordinators collaborated in a recording of The Addams Family theme tune which was given a clever re-working into 'The CMVic Family' for the occasion by Margaret Crichton… watch it here! In…
› Back Roads ABC TV: The Music of Girgarre31/Jul/2020How Girgarre got its groove back! If you missed this program the first time around, be sure to set aside half an hour and treat yourself, it'll keep you smiling for days. Heather visits Girgarre, a Victorian town transformed by the power of music, in the ABC series, Back Roads. The… How Girgarre got its groove back! If you missed this program the first time around, be sure to set aside half an hour and treat yourself, it'll keep you smiling for days. Heather visits Girgarre, a Victorian town transformed by the power of music, in the ABC series, Back Roads. The…
› Safe practices in teaching musical instruments31/Jul/2020With the continued threat of COVID-19 spreading through the community, safety remains a top priority for music teachers as they resume physical lessons. Ensuring safe practices in any enclosed teaching space demands much care and attention, and Safe Work Australia (SWA) makes available comprehensive information on this that every teacher needs to…
› Music: Count Us In Teaching Resources Now Available for 202031/Jul/2020Music: Count Us In (MCUI), Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program, is thrilled to announce the release of the program’s teaching resources this year. Each year, MCUI helps hundreds of thousands of students schools across the country participate in music education by providing resources and skills development opportunities for…
› Music Australia Video on welfare of music industry workers31/Jul/2020Video check-in with key organisations looking after the welfare of music industry workers - Music Australia was due to hold its annual Contemporary Music Roundtable this August, which regrettably has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was envisaged as a two day event at Studios 301 coupled with a meeting of Music Australia’s Councillors network. The comprehensive scope of the event makes it less easily replaced with a shorter online meeting. In view of the pandemic and the very vulnerable place music industry workers find themselves in at the moment, we thought a fitting replacement initiative would be to produce a ‘video check in’ with key organisations who look after the welfare of music industry workers: Support Act, CrewCare; Entertainment Assist; MEAA, and… Video check-in with key organisations looking after the welfare of music industry workers - Music Australia was due to hold its annual Contemporary Music Roundtable this August, which regrettably has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was envisaged as a two day event at Studios 301 coupled with a…
› Ms Polly’s Bucket Drum Lesson 131/Jul/2020Community musician and teacher, Polly Christie, has made 4 Bucket drum videos, with full instructions included! These are a great, accessible resource for parents, teachers or anyone out there keen to get drumming in no time. To watch them all, go to Polly's Youtube Channel: Polly Christie
› Singing With Your Baby31/Jul/2020For parents, rellies and carers of young bubs, this gorgeous video from Family Services at Yarra with Emily Hayes is packed with songs and ideas to help you enjoy the magic of singing and playing with your baby!
› Music Victoria - funding opportunities for music31/Jul/2020These are tough times, but if you’re working in the music industry, Victoria is the place to be, with vital support coming from local, State and Federal Governments. Recently, we’ve seen: $1 million in music workers grants announced last week as part of the Victorian Government's Sustaining Creative Workers…