Pandemic Survival Kit

Pandemic Survival Kit

Here at Acaville, we want everyone to stay safe and healthy while being able to continue creating and enjoying a cappella. This page is dedicated to resources that will help you make the most of our time apart.

Please note that the information provided has been vetted, however, research and knowledge is evolving quickly, so we encourage you to stay up to date on latest developments, especially for science and health, to make sure you are doing what is best for you. Check back often for updates.

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Resources
Virtual Performance Opportunities
Livestream Events On-Demand
Financial Assistance
Support Your Artists

COVID-19 Resources

New information on the whats, the hows, the whys, and the whens surrounding singing together in a pandemic come in daily. Here are some reliable sources so that you and your ensemble can make the safest plans.

COVID-19 Resources for Barbershoppers

A comprehensive guide to everything COVID-19 created by Barbershop Harmony Society, including tips for rehearsing from home, hosting virtual rehearsals, making videos, and


A YouTube playlist curated by the National Association of Teachers of Singers providing guidance for music educators.


A comprehensive guide from Chorus America on how to keep your chorus moving forward.

covid-19 after effects: Concerns For Singers

A detailed scientific paper from Journal of Voice.

Risk Assessment Tool

A team at Georgia Tech created a comprehensive tool to give you data-based assessments of risk for activities and crowd sizes.



A Cappella Masterclass

Full video courses with 10-20 lessons, resources, assignments with opportunity for feedback from top industry professional curated by Dr. Marc Silverberg in partnership with Acaville.


Learn new skills, discover new groups, and get to know the people that are out there creating and pushing a cappella forward – either on-air or on-demand.

The Aca-Education Podcast
Competition Countdown
The Headroom Podcast
The Pulse
The Spotlight
Vocal HERspective

AEA Online

10-hour online classes from a cappella experts curated by the A Cappella Education Association.

BABS Sing September

A month-long educational campaign with educational sessions about barbershop music, rehearsal techniques, music theory and vocal pedagogy, hangouts with some of the best in the barbershop world, open rehearsals from BABS chapters, and weekly competitions where you can win prizes!

Barbershop Harmony Society

Harmony University Online
Music Educator Resources
Vocal Health Resources
Free Classes & Tutorials


Live online lessons with members of JUNO award winning quartet, Cadence.


Free online seminars led by experts every other Thursday focusing on current events and skill development that can be done while distancing. Past seminars available on YouTube.

Drew’s clues

Gold medalist Drew Wheaton shares lessons on introductory music theory topics.


CASA is offering a weekly educational round up, as well as short pieces on individual topics and skills.

Harmony, Inc. HIVE

Classes and events hosted by Harmony, Inc., as well as events, classes, and open houses from HI chapters and Areas.


Dan Mailer, a leader in the UK a cappella scene, created this easy to use Melodyne tutorial to help you use this fantastic editing and arranging tool.


NAfME is offering free professional development hours, webinars and other resources for educators. NAfME membership not required for some courses.


Check out this free video lesson to get beatboxing in 6 easy steps.

Online Lesson Plans from J.D. Frizzell

Turnkey comprehensive, interactive, online choir lessons geared towards nurturing the complete musician with downloadable PDFs and sheet music.

SING! Toronto Workshops

9 workshops from hosted September 29 – October 4, 2020 with lessons from the masters – including The Swingles, New York Voices, Accent, Deke Sharon, and more! Individual classes or full festival passes available.


Monday evening workshops plus 1:1 coaching on all things production! Learn how to record, edit, mix, film, and video edit from Mel Daneke, Andrew Berkowitz, and the pros from Viridian Productions!


Most a cappella organizations are offering programs, events, forums, educational opportunities, and other ways to make this time more productive, social, and fun. Here is where you can find them!

A Cappella Education Association (AEA)


Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS)

British association of Barbershop singing (BabS)

Contemporary A Cappella League

Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA)

Harmony, Incorporated (HI)

Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association (MBHA)

Sweet Adelines International


There are so many places to find kindred spirits on Facebook. We’ve listed a lot of them here. Join in the conversation and see the latest posts from around the a cappella world. Please note that many of these are Private Groups, so you’ll have to submit a request to join.

Virtual Performance Opportunities


Just a few spots left for the SING! Toronto virtual choir!

Stay at Home Choir

Sing with some of your favorite groups and be in a video! Each project also includes, socials, virtual rehearsals, and learning tools. Past projects include The Kings’ Singers, The Swingles, and Voces8.


Join thousands of singers from around the world for rehearsals, recordings, and camaraderie.

Livestream Events On-Demand

A Cappella Academy Digital Showcase (premiered July 11, 2020)

BABS Live!
Convention 2020 (premiered May 23, 2020)
Harmony College (premiered August 30, 2020)

Barbershop Harmony Society Legacy Quartet Championship
(premiered August 22 & 29, 2020)
A unique contest featuring 20 of the top quartets that never won gold.

The Edge Effect – Live from the Metropolis SoundStage (premiered August 7, 2020)

Face Vocal Band Live Streams (Ongoing)
Live from the backyard, the Drive-In, and wherever else they can safely put on a show.

Friday Night Live on Acaville (Every Friday at 6 pm Pacific)
Tune for a free broadcast of a throwback concert every Friday or Sundays at 8 am & pm. Sign up as a member and get access to videos, too!

Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association Virtual Showcase
(premiered August 19, 2020)
In lieu of their live showcase at BHS International, MBHA presented a free virtual showcase in two parts.
Set 1
Set 2

SING! Toronto
(September 29 – October 4)
SING! offered an amazing week of concerts in their virtual festival in September and October. Acaville members can now watch all of the concerts on demand!

UKVAC – Virtually Fringe (premiered August 29, 2020)

Voces8 Live from London
It started with a 10-week summer concert series hosted by Voces8 featuring live streams of your favorite artists, plus on demand viewing. Now you can catch their special holiday offerings!

Financial Assistance

If you are a U.S.-based professional musician and are facing severe financial hardship, check out these programs for potential assistance.

Artist Relief Fund (Next Deadline September 23, 2020)
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Equal Sound Relief Fund
The Haven Foundation Grants
Musicians Foundation
(Applications currently paused)
SBA Loan (Step by Step instructions for freelancers to get $1000 – no loan required)
Unemployment Assistance (Ongoing; Additional $600 benefit not currently available)
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation – USAI Grants for International Performances (Virtual now included.)

Support Your Artists

The links below will bring you to the Patreon and other fundraising pages of full time a cappella artists looking for your support during this time. If you are in a place where you can give, please support these groups as they weather the storm.

Face Vocal Band
Highline Vocal Jazz
Six Appeal
The Swingles

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