Caring for the Early Music Community
Early Music America recognizes the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the particular hardships faced by the performing arts community, including many EMA members.
Beginning January 2021, EMA will present The Well-Tempered Musician, a wide-ranging series of webinars, meet-ups, conversations, and online resources focused on mental and physical wellness.
The Sunday Physical Wellness sessions start at 4pm ET on Sunday, January 3, and run every Sunday through March, including yoga, Baroque dance, and other movement classes, all led by experienced instructors who are also early musicians.
Mental Health Mondays will offer a range of sessions from drop-in to facilitated conversations, starting on Monday, January 4, with a presentation called Mental and Emotional Wellness in a Pandemic by a licensed therapist.
We will explore the collaborative power of music and medicine (see below to watch a recording of a conversation on the subject). Plus, there’s food advice, and baking classes, trivia nights, and more. Don’t forget to check out the resources below.
It’s all free, with some events available only to EMA members. Events will continue to be added during the next few weeks.
Well-Tempered Musician Keynote Discussion: Fieldwork While Being a Performing Musician. January 10, 2021
- Marisa De Silva
- Dr. Claire Garabedian
- Elisabeth Reed
- Carla Sciaky
Upcoming Wellness Events
Resources Specific to the Arts and Wellness
Athletes and the Arts website offers many resources and articles
Backline is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources
National Organization for Arts in Health
MUSIC AND MEDICINE
Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist
Performing Arts Services
Center for the Performing Artist at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has a list of resources (financial and health) for both Canada and the USA
Counseling options for Creatives/find help resources:
Group Theory for Artists
GoodTherapy.org: COVID-19 Creative Blocks
ThriveWorks Creative During COVID
All the Ways to Get Free Therapy During Coronavirus
Real to the People
General Mental Health Resources
Mental Health and Wellness during COVID-19
COVID-19 Resources Workplace
Mental Health Commission of Canada offers a variety of resources, as well as a assessment and resilience plan booklet
Articles and Health Tips
Inspiration for Music Makers–6 Mental Health Tips for Musicians during the Coronavirus Pandemic