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National survey launched to look at singing for health groups and community choirs during lockdown

Live Music Now is partnering on a new study led by The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health on the measures taken by Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs to keep singing, despite the lockdown.
The Sidney De Haan Centre has teamed up with Canterbury Cantata TrustLive Music Now, and the Natural Voice Network to gather information on how groups have used online platforms like Zoom to continue their work with long-term health conditions, such as COPD and Parkinson’s which render them especially vulnerable to the virus.
Professor Grenville Hancox, Creative Director of Canterbury Cantata Trust and the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s project, said: “The collection and analysis of information associated with different approaches to delivery will inform best practice, essential for practitioners going forward in these uncertain times.”

Musicians leading Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs supporting the wellbeing of their members, can take part by completing the online questionnaire here.

The surveys will run from Monday 18 May for four weeks and a report on the findings will be available by early July.

Evan Dawson, CEO of Live Music Now said:

 “During these difficult times, Live Music Now’s musicians cannot visit care homes in person, to continue bringing live music to the people who live and work there. However, they and the National Care Forum, have told us that music is more important than ever; helping separated people connect and communicate; expressing individual and shared identities; and lifting, processing and reflecting our moods and emotions.

“For many years, Live Music Now has been processing and developing the evidence, to inform and support this work, with our trusted partners. During the past few weeks, the team at LMN has adapted this approach, moving things online, developing ways to maintain connections through music, for people living and working in care. The feedback from care homes has been tremendously encouraging, whilst also providing a role and income for freelance musicians.”

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