ISM publishes review of research on performance- and music education-related COVID-19 transmission

UK membership organsation The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has published a global study reviewing current research into COVID-19 transmission in the performance and music education sectors.

The study, which took place between 19 June and 11 July 2020, was commissioned by the ISM to collate available information and provide further clarity on the transmission pathways of COVID-19.

The report covers COVID-19 issues relating to performance (including aerosol transmissions, instrument hygiene and topics relavant to choirs and ensembles) and music education (with reference to children and young people and the mitigation measures for music education which countries have taken across the globe).

The ISM has sent the literature review to both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Education (DfE) as a resource for their development of further guidance on different risks associated with singing, brass and woodwind and how to mitigate them.

Deborah Annetts, ISM Chief Executive, said:

‘We welcome that the government is developing the evidence base on the risks associated with singing, brass and woodwind instruments. This is crucial for getting musicians and music professionals safely back to work.

‘However, with conflicting views regarding the level of risk in different settings and gaps in the available evidence, the ISM commissioned a global study to review the current research concerning COVID-19 transmission in the performance and music education space. The purpose of this document is not to give guidance but rather to bring together the wide amount of available information and share it with the rest of the music community.

‘We are pleased with the outcome of this critical piece of research, which suggests that there is much to be learned from other countries and a range of behaviours that will minimise the risk of transmission.’


ISM COVID-19 literature review, July 2020
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