A Note from President & CEO Joe Lamond
The global coronavirus situation has shifted dramatically since our last update just one week ago. There is no playbook or formula that seems to fit, and things that were unimaginable just a few days ago are now a reality.
Music Retail Resources
Virtual Music Making During COVID-19 - Webinar
Teaching and learning music can continue and even thrive through the remarkable tools, resources and people that are engaging in music online.
Making Music Online - How To's for Private and Group Lessons
The NAMM Foundation presented "Making Music Online: How-To's for Private and Group Lessons," on Wednesday, March 25 at 9 am pacific/12 pm easter
Guests included Myrna Sislen, owner of Middle C Music and Miriam and Mike Risko, owners of Risko Music. Both retailers have adapted their business models to move in-store music lessons online to keep their students connected and making music; and Lindsay Zehren, director of program development and neurologic music therapist from Resounding Joy, Inc. and Stephanie Lamond, Little Bear's director and marketing manager from Blue Bear School of Music.
NAMM COVID-19 Small Business Relief Resources - Webinar
On Tuesday, March 24, NAMM presented important updates regarding the federal COVID-19 Emergency Aid Package
On Tuesday, March 24, NAMM presented important updates regarding the federal COVID-19 Emergency Aid Package (funds family leave, free testing and treatment, paid sick leave, expanded unemployment assistance, and more), SBA disaster relief loans, and employee/employer financial support.
Business Relief Resources
Prepare for SBA Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses
The Small Business Administration is offering a variety of loans to qualifying businesses affected by COVID-19.
COVID-19 Federal Economic Relief Plan
The resolution includes enhanced testing measure, individual jobless benefits, increased food aid for children, senior citizens and food banks..
Last week the House passed an economic relief plan backed by President Donald Trump to deal with the spreading coronavirus. The 363-40 vote Saturday sends the measure to the Senate, which plans to skip this week’s planned recess to take up the bill. The House package includes free testing for everyone who needs it, and two weeks of paid sick leave to allow people with the virus to stay home from work to avoid infecting co-workers. It also includes enhanced jobless benefits, increased food aid for children, senior citizens and food banks, and higher funding for Medicaid benefits. Also last week, Trump declared a national emergency that he said would free up as much as $50 billion to help states and cities respond to the health crisis, waive student-loan interest, purchase large quantities of oil and confer new authority on his health secretary to bypass hospital regulations. Workers will get up to two weeks of paid sick leave to deal with coronavirus issues and another 10 weeks of coronavirus-related paid family leave at two-thirds pay in the bill, with the government reimbursing businesses for the cost via new, temporary tax credits. Smaller companies could get exemptions from the paid family leave after the first two weeks of sick leave provided doing so would risk closing their businesses. The bill sunsets at the end of the year.
Federal Economic Relief Plan for COVID-19
The resolution includes enhanced testing measure, individual jobless benefits, increased food aid for children, senior citizens and food banks.
NAMM Events and News
- Australian Music Association’s landing page with up to date postings of resources
- Australian Retailer Association website
- German Government Aid for artists and self employed in creative industries
- Germany’s Society of Music Merchants SOMM COVID-19 website
- Corona crisis: useful information
- National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- The Association of European Businesses
- AFIAL Association – Sound, lighting and AV Technology
- Comusica, Spain’s MI Industry Association
- Music Industries’ Association of the UK website to resources for the UK industry