Updates and Resources for Business
NAMM continues to monitor and post developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the advisements from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), among others, daily. We encourage NAMM members from outside the USA to contact their domestic business administration institutions and/or Chamber of Commerce, as well as their local music industry associations to learn about assistance available in your countries.
Disclaimers: Readers should be aware that given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government may alter its relief programs at any time. The information presented on this website is accurate as of the date of the posting.
The webinars below are intended as informational only and are not eligible for Professional Development credits or certificates.
U.S. Sanctions Against Russia May Have Broad Reach for NAMM Members
- Updates on sanctions as of April 6, 2022
- The economic sanctions imposed by the Biden Administration in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine may have consequences for NAMM members.
- U.S. sanctions on Russia include “luxury” items, such as grand pianos.
- EU, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand also have sanctions against Russia.
- Sanctions may impact NAMM member business partners, employees or customers.
- U.S. Commerce Department has imposed significant new restrictions on the transfer of technology, including telecommunications technology, software, semiconductors and computers to entities in Russia and Belarus.
U.S. sanctions are targeted at the Russian military, defense, energy and telecommunications sectors, as well as Russia’s central bank and a host of other significant Russian banks along with designated individuals. The practical implication of these sanctions means that NAMM members that have business partners, employees or customers in Russia must review whether their activities transgress U.S. sanctions along with those imposed by other countries or multi-national bodies.
Belarus is targeted under some of these sanctions, and Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have all issued their own sanctions against Russian entities and individuals as well.
How does this apply to NAMM members?
Activities that breach sanctions may include:
- Payments to or from persons or entities in Russia or otherwise listed as specially designated nationals (SDNs)
- Providing financing, credit or loans to persons or entities in Russia
- Debt or equity investments in Russian entities
- The sale of goods or services to end users in Russia
- The supply of goods or raw materials from Russia
Relatedly, the U.S. Commerce Department has imposed significant new restrictions on the transfer of technology, including telecommunications technology, software, semiconductors and computers to entities in Russia and Belarus. Even allowing Russian end-users the ability to access U.S. sourced software based on a cloud service may potentially violate these restrictions. NAMM members should determine if they are engaged in any activities that may fall within these restrictions, such as the transfer of software to Russia.
On March 16, 2022, the Commerce Department published a list of “luxury goods” which cannot be exported to or within Russia and Belarus. Included In the lengthy list are grand pianos designated within HTS Code 92012.
- Determine if activities and/or operations in Russia and Belarus are sanctioned including the transfer of software to Russia.
- Keep a detailed record of all activities relative to sanction review and compliance.
U.S. Department of The Treasury Active Sanctions Programs
Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Programs and Information
The White House Fact Sheet on Sanctions Against Russia
U.S. Department of Commerce Restricts the Export of Luxury Goods to Russia and Belarus
Imposition of Sanctions on “Luxury Goods” Destined for Russia and Belarus
Contact a member of NAMM’s Public Affairs and Government Relations team for additional assistance.
NAMM Policy Webinar: Pocketbook Policy Update
NAMM monitors and advocates for music, pro-audio, and event technology businesses on issues ranging from tax regulations to access to music education for all. Get the latest updates from NAMM policy professionals about issues including small business relief, trade and shipping, labor policy and regulation, and funding for music education, and brief analysis of President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union address.
Featuring: Chris Cushing, Managing Director, Federal Strategies Team, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough; Jim Goldberg, NAMM Counsel, Goldberg & Associates, PLLC; and Connie Myers, Policy Advisor, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Opening remarks: Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM
Moderated by: Mary Luehrsen, Director of NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations
- March 1, 2022, State of the Union Address by Pres. Biden
- Federal Relief for Small Business
- Trade and Shipping Update
- Labor Policy and Regulation Update
- Regulatory Issues, including an update on pending CITES standing committee
- Education Policy and funding
- The 2022 State of the Union Address
- PPP Forgiveness Summary
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Process
- Shuttered Venues Grants (SVOG)
- Letter Requesting Improvements to the SVOG
- The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021
- Performing Artist Tax Parity Act
- File a Complaint with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
- More on Filing Complaints with the FMC
- Traveling with musical instruments in compliance with CITES rules
- CSFI Lacey Act Musical Instrument Guide
- Webinar – the steps you must follow to comply with this new Oct. 1st Requirement
- US Fish and Wildlife E-permit Site
- Office of Elementary & Secondary Education
Updated Performing Arts Aerosol Study Guidelines
February 2022: International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study Updated Guidelines
As the United States experiences another variant of the coronavirus, questions about music activity abound as we move into 2022. With the contagiousness of the omicron variant of the SarsCov2 currently having a high degree of community spread in many areas of the country, the coalition highly encourages the use of all of the study’s mitigations during this surge. The mitigations have proven to be effective. The updated guidelines can be found here.
A recorded webinar and a brief summary of a recent risk assessment survey can be accessed here.
Please note: These suggestions are meant to provide some best practices as we continue to move into new phases in the pandemic. It is important to know and understand your state and local health department guidance and local and state respiratory disease transmission rates should be considered when adopting mitigation protocols.
White House Increases COVID-19 Testing in Schools to Keep Students Safe and...
Update. January 12, 2022: White House Increases COVID-19 Testing in Schools to Keep Students Safe and Schools Open
In an effort to help keep all schools safely open for full-time in-person learning, the Biden administration announced plans to increase access to COVID-19 testing in schools, increasing the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools by 10 million per month. This added effort supports measures proven effective at keeping students and staff safely in school—including vaccinations and boosters, implementing universal indoor masking, maintaining physical distancing, improving ventilation, and performing COVID-19 screening testing. Read more here.
Aerosol Study Mitigation Strategies for Performing Arts in Schools
New Fall Guidance for 2021-22 School Year
The International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study has released updated guidelines for music education classrooms for the fall. The guidance updates previous mitigation tactics with the understanding that states need to consult local and state COVID-19 guidance and transmission rates for appropriate mitigation adoption and adjust accordingly.
NAMM members are urged to share this information with your local and state networks now, as students return to in-person learning.
Updated guidelines are as follows:
- No mitigation is needed for outdoor performances depending on the level of local and state transmission rates. Outdoors remain the safest space for performances
- Masking with appropriate material remains the best way of reducing potential infected aerosol from circulating in an indoor space. Masks are recommended to be worn while singing and speaking.
- Bell covers made from appropriate material remain the best way of reducing potential infected aerosol from circulating in an indoor space.
- Depending on your comfort level, instrumentalists can wear masks only when speaking and slitted performance masks are optional.
- In spaces with good ventilation rates and HEPA filtration, increased indoor rehearsal times of 50 minutes may be considered. A minimum of 3 air exchanges per hour should be used, if there are spaces with higher air change rates, you may consider longer rehearsal times.
- Distancing may be decreased to 3 feet, adjusting farther or closer depending on local conditions.
- Continue good hygiene practice moving forward, including appropriate elimination of brass fluid.
- Plastic face shields only stop large droplets, not aerosol; room dividers inhibit the function of the HVAC system and are not recommended
Recently, Dr. James Weaver (National Federation of High School Associations), Dr. Mark Spede, (College Band Directors National Association/Clemson University), and Bob Morrison (Arts Ed New Jersey) recorded an important conversation on mitigations and recommendations for various music, speech, debate, and theater activities.
During this in-depth conversation, Dr. Spede reminded viewers, “The recommendations published by the International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study are truly science based. When followed, they do mitigate transmission of coronavirus. Those seeking to circumvent those mitigation practices by canceling music programs are not following the science.” Dr. Weaver urged music educators to engage music students outdoors when the weather permits, and to be prepared to share the facts with administrators regarding mitigation strategies so vital performing arts programs can continue as students return indoors.
“We have more science-based strategies for the performing arts than many other academic or athletic activities” said Bob Morrison, “we’ve taken this very seriously and we know what protocols to put in place so that our programs can continue.”
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- 0:00 Welcome
- 0:41 Differences in State & Local Health Recommendations
- 2:51 Mitigation Strategies & Risk Assessment
- 6:30 Aerosol Particles (Distribution/Size)
- 9:47 Speech & Debate
- 11:55 Theater
- 15:15 Elementary Music (Singing & Recorders)
- 19:47 Music (Vocal & Instrumental)
- 25:40 Air Change Rate
- 29:28 Shields & Partitions
- 30:39 Next Steps
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Additional COVID-19 Resources
House of Worship Resources
Now more than ever, the connections and sense of community provided by houses of worship are critical. To best navigate this new normal, take advantage of these following resources, with cutting-edge ideas, tips and technologies to help your worship service continue to thrive.
- NAMM Webinar: House of Worship Streaming and Production in the COVID-19 Era
- Church Video + Streaming Handbook
- How to Live Stream Your Worship Service
- Top 5 Mistakes Churches Make About Streaming
- 5 Easy Steps to Your Best Church Streaming System
- Tips for Live-Streaming Your Worship Service
- Online Church Studio Tour | Broadcast Setup for Small Churches
- Live Streaming Setup for Churches 2020
- Perfecting Audio and Video for Livestream Church Services
- How to Livestream Worship Audio
Technology and Tools
Individual Relief Resources
Emergency Funding For Artists / Music Industry Professionals
- Federal State/Local Benefit Finder
- American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund
- Artist Relief Tree
- Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
- MusicCare's Covid-19 Relief Fund
- Musicians Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Aid Grant Program
- SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief (for production techs who are now unemployed)
- Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund
- American Federation Of Musicians
- The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund
- International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bluegrass Trust Fund
- Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund
- Music Health Alliance
- Small Business Administration’s Guidance & Loan Resources (COVID-19)
Emergency Funding for Musicians Infected with Covid-19 who Require Intensive Care
Mental Health Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741-741
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Support Act Wellbeing Helpline (free, confidential counseling service) for anyone working in music in Australia: call 1-800-959-500 or email email@example.com
- Backline: a hub for artists, industry professionals and their families to access mental health and wellness resources
- Centers for Disease Control’s tips for managing anxiety & stress in regard to Covid-19
- Tour Support: response to COVID-19 includes providing one month of free online therapy through Better Help to independent touring contractors who are unemployed or were planning to join a tour that has been postponed or canceled)
- Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund
- Music Health Alliance
- Small Business Administration’s Guidance & Loan Resources (Covid-19)
Instrument Cleaning Resources
- NAMM's COVID-19 and Instrument Cleaning
- Third Round of Performing Arts Aerosol Study: Written Report of Data, Video Conversation of Results (with Lead Researchers and Co-Chairs), Let's Talk About Transmission (Video)
- The Piano Technicians Guild Suggestions for Safely Disinfecting Pianos
- CSFI's Good Practice Guide
- She Shreds Magazine's How to Disinfect Musical Instruments
- Volwein's Music: Instrument Hygiene for Musicians
- Connolly Music's Cleaning Your Brass Instruments
- CDC Cleaning Surfaces Guidelines
- Infection Control: Keeping Your Music Instruments Clean and Safe
- National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians's Instrument Cleanliness
- Amro Music's Video Series on Sanitizing Instruments: Wind Instruments, Stringed Instruments, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Saxophone, French Horn.
- How to Sanitize Your Guitar By PRS Guitars
Live Event/Sound Resources
- PLSN/FOH Covid-19 Entertainment Technology Economic Impact Survey
- Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
- MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund
- ESTA COVID-19 Resources
- USITT Industry Resources
- Lighting&Sound America COVID-19 Resources
- Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. (SETC): COVID-19 Theatre Resources List
- Magnum Co.: Social Distancing Gig Guide: Tips for the COVID19 Downtime
- Live Design Magazine: Coronavirus Resources: Free Online Audio Training
- Front of House Magazine: Live Event Production COVID-19 Resources
- Sound and Communications AV Industry Video Chats About COVID-19
- 4Wall Blog - Resources and Training for Continued Learning
Music Retail Resources
Business Relief Resources
- NAMM Issues and Advocacy Resources
- Key Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act")
- Paycheck Protection Program: US Treasury Borrowers Fact Sheet and Q&A
- SBA Paycheck Protection Details
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Respond to Covid-19 – Small Business Administration
- Step-By-Step Guide to Help Small Business Prepare to Access Fund
- Canadian Music Trades COVID-19 Relief Updates
- Managing Financial Health in Challenging Times Guide
- The Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Retail Council of Canada Covid-19 Resources for Retailers
- Ontario Government Covid-19 Resource page
- Canadian Musician Trade: "Pushing Through the Pandemic"
- Coronavirus Information from the Government of France
- Updates from the French Music Instrument Makers Association (CSFI)
- German Government Aid for artists and self employed in creative industries
- Corona crisis: useful information
- Germany’s Society of Music Merchants SOMM COVID-19 website