Resources for Artists during the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond


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This is a difficult time for all of us, but it is especially devastating to the performers whose livelihood is already dependent on touring, festivals and gigs and whose income in normal times barely covers their cost of living. In addition, many performing artists have no health insurance or will lose their health insurance when they stop working. The New Yorker published an article this week on the bleak outlook for performing artists – musicians, dancers, actors and others –in the coming weeks and months.


The answer lies in an amazing network in which PAMA now belongs. Ralph and I participated in the“INVITATION-ONLY SUMMIT ON HEATH CARE COVERAGE AND ACCESS FOR MUSICIANS” from March 4-6, 2020. Together we were able to raise awareness of how PAMA can provide resources to help performers regain peak performance through PAMA’s assistance with specialty care referral.  It was exciting to have 3 other PAMA members present and sharing their expertise in care for performing artists– Bethany Bultman integral as both a Summit Co-Chair and CEO of the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic,  Randy Dick representing AATA/ACSM and Jennie Morton representing Healthy Performers Clinic.


The link to this pdf will allow you to quickly see names and locations of conference presenters, which in turn will help you quickly navigate the linked directory, where you can find email and other contact information for the wonderful organizations in your community dedicated to providing basic health care and assistance to artists.  Please give in any way you are able.

Some of us may also be in a position to provide low- or no-cost health care for performing artists who have lost their health insurance. Some of this will be for performance-related health problems, but there will also be a need for primary care and specialty care services.

For those interested, anyone can register for the video archive of the Summit presentations at no cost here: This website will allow you to easily see who presented at the conference but does not provide contact information.
Stay safe and healthy,

Lucinda Halstead, MD                        Ralph Manchester, MD
President Elect, PAMA                        President, PAMA

Julie Massaro, PAMA Executive Director
Executive Director 




Transmission Risk Estimator

COVID-19 Resource List

Mental Health

Sport Athlete Resources

California Specific Mental Health Resources

Association Resource Pages

Webinars and Articles

Articles about Singing and COVID-19

Aerosolization of Viral Infection Disease Particle

  • New York Times 4/14/20, “This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing Is So Important” Read this article
  • Journal of Aerosol Science, “Average particle number concentrations produced during exhalation increased in activities from normal breathing to speech to sustained vocalization.” Read this article
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, "Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community" Read this article
  • New England Journal of Medicine, "Airborne Transmission of Communicable Infection — The Elusive Pathway." Read this article (PDF download)
  • PLos ONE, "Effect of voicing and articulation manner on aerosol particle emission during human speech" Read this article

COVID-19 Musician Resources

COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources for Sport Athletes

Information on the COVID-19 virus, testing, treatment and vaccination prospects (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

  • Bill Gates’ blog: "The First Modern Pandemic - The scientific advances we need to defeat COVID-19" Read this article
  • Washington Post opinion page reprint - condensed version of “The First Modern Pandemic” Read this version

CDC/White House Guidelines

Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Physiological Impact of the N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator on Healthcare Workers Read Abstract

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