Musicovid – An International Research Network

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Niels Chr. Hansen (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies & Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University, Denmark) 
Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt/M., Germany)

A global and interdisciplinary network of researchers and musicians has formed to support and facilitate research across the globe on the role of music during the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing opportunities for: 

  • Knowledge sharing 
  • Collaboration (across disciplines, cultures, and physical distance)
  • Grant funding


If you are planning or already engaged in research related to music and COVID-19 and want to be a part of the network, please send the signed 

Registration Form 

to  (Subject line: Registration Network)

News and Events

Recently Published

Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2023). Du holde Kunst. Trost als Funktion des Musikhörens und Musizierens während der Corona-Pandemie. In Tobias Bulang (Ed.). Trost. Beistand, Zuspruch und Trostgründe in der Krise. Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift. Beihefte 109. (pp. 261-283). Heidelberg: Winter Verlag.

Kiernan, F., & Davidson, J. W. (2022). How Can Music Engagement Address Loneliness? A Qualitative Study and Thematic Framework in the Context of Australia’s COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdowns. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(1), 25.

Papatzikis, E. (2021). An Infant's Question on COVID-19 and Music: Should I Attend My Online Classes?. Frontiers in psychology, 12, 771050

Agamennone, M., Palma, D., & Sarno, G. (Eds.). (2022). Sounds of the Pandemic: Accounts, Experiences, Perspectives in Times of COVID-19 (1st ed.). Focal Press.

Chmiel A, Kiernan F, Garrido S, Lensen S,Hickey M and Davidson JW (2022). Creativity in lockdown: Understanding how music and the arts supported mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic by age group. Front. Psychol. 13:993259. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.993259

Hagmann, L., Moeckli L., Ottomano, V. & Scharrer, M. (Eds.). (2022). Musik in Krisenzeiten: Pandemien, Schweizer Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft, Neue Folge 38. doi: 0.36950/sjm.38.0

S. Krueger Bridge (2022): The Digital Turn: Exploring the Social Value of Liverpool Cathedral's Online Music Outreach Programme during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Carr, P.(Ed.).(2022). The Impacts of COVID-19 on the Music Industries of the Global North.Journal of World Popular Music. Vol. ( 1-2). doi:10.1558/jwpm.23347

Cachopo, J.P.(2022). The Digital Pandemic. Imagination in Times of Isolation. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Hansen, N. C., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., & Davidson, J. W. (Eds.). (2022). Social convergence in times of spatial distancing: The Role of music during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. doi:10.3389/978-2-88974-651-4.

GOING VIRAL Summer School: Music, Emotions and Pandemics in Past and Present

The ERC project GOING VIRAL: Music and Emotions during Pandemics (1679-1919) organizes a Summer School that is open to international MA, RMA and (prospective) PhD students in musicology who are interested in the role of music during major health crises in past and present. During four in-depth study days, three internationally renowned experts in the field of music and pandemics will discuss their research with a group of max. 15 students. The Summer School will be held in English.

July 47, 2023

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Lectures, seminars and workshops with Remi Chiu, Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild and Austin C. Okigbo

Deadline for applications: 15 May 2023 (unless max. capacity has been reached)

Link for more details


Fevers, Frets and Futures: uncertainty & new ecologies for post-Covid healthcare

This innovative conference explores the intersects in the current health and environmental crises through the arts, humanities and transdisciplinary dialogue.  Submissions are particularly welcome from those directly impacted by climate change or those working with communities who are.

July 47, 2023

Call for Abstracts and Call for Student Research and Creative Prizes 

Deadline for both calls: 28 March 2023, 9am (*to be extended)

Organizers: Institute of Advanced Studies / Association for Medical Humanities, London

Link for more details


CfP: Music in Global Epidemics. Virtual Symposium.

This symposium is meant to bring together scholars from around the world who study music from multi-disciplinary perspectives—including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, neuroscience, religion, theatre, dance studies, and more—to reflect on the nature of musical activity in times of medical crisis, through the prism of our recent experiences. Papers may pertain to any epidemic, current or historical, from around the world.

March 10-11, 2023 (virtual)

Deadline for proposals: November 30, 2022

Organizers: Austin Okigbo and Remi Chiu

Link for more details (external content)

"GOING VIRAL. Music and Emotions in Pandemics (1679-1919)" at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw)

In September 2022, a European Research Council (ERC) Grant Project started:

GOING VIRAL. Music and Emotions in Pandemics (1679-1919), University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw).

The project will run for five years, with a core team consisting of 2 Postdocs and 2 PhD students. For more information on the research project, please visit the website

CfP: Seventh Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music

In September 2023 (4-8) in Cremona, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage (University of Pavia), will be held the Seventh Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music.

The first topic will be Multipart music, technology and social distancing.

Program committee: Fulvia Caruso (Chair), Ardian Ahmedaja, Ignazio Macchiarella, Zhanna Pärtlas

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2022

Link for more details

Call for Contributions: Special Issue: Music and Covid-19

The Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle is seeking contributions for a special issue on 'Music and Covid-19', guest edited by Dr Larry Zazzo (Newcastle University) and Dr Adam Behr (Newcastle University).

Submission deadline: March 21, 2022

Editors: Dr Larry Zazzo (Newcastle University), Dr Adam Behr (Newcastle University)

Link to more info

International study published on musical engagements as effective socio-emotional coping strategies, and the important role of Coronamusic

In Humanties and Social Sciences Communications, a study was published that surveyed representative samples in six countries in Europe, North America and Asia. The main aim was to assess whether and why people had changed their music listening and playing behaviors in the context of the first Lockdown and to identify the main factors that predicted successful socio-emotional coping via music. Interestingly, the main predictor turned out to be interest in Coronamusic.

Authors: Lauren K. Fink, Lindsay Warrenburg, Claire Howlin, Will Randall, Niels Chr. Hansen, Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann

Link to publication

More than 40 papers published in the Frontiers Research Topic “Social Convergence in Times of Spatial Distancing: The Role of Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

This Research Topic provides a first and exhaustive hub for empirical studies relating to music and the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include the use of music to cope, changes in music-related behaviors, adaptive strategies of choirs and other music ensembles, digital forms of music making, also from the perspective of music pedagogues and therapists.

Editors: Niels Chr. Hansen, Jane W. Davidson, Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann


#MUSICOVID network: New name, new email address, and new hashtag!

Network name: MUSICOVID –An international research network on the role of music during the covid-19 pandemic

Hashtag: Please use #MUSICOVID whenever you talk about topics with relevance for music during the COVID-19 pandemic, including our network activities
Email address:

List of COVID-19-related psychology preprints

Google Doc provided by Moin Syed, University of Minnesota, updated daily


CfP: Frontiers Research Topic “Social Convergence in Times of Spatial Distancing: The Role of Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Submission deadlines: September 1, 2020 (abstracts), November 1, 2020 (manuscripts)
Editors: Niels Chr. Hansen, Jane Davidson, Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann
Note: publication fees waived for COVID-19 research.


Coronavirus Funding Monitor

Provided by Frontiers, updated daily


Ongoing Studies and Surveys

Please check here* if you are interested in finding ongoing studies for participation or collaboration. 
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About this network

The current COVID-19 pandemic and the related measures taken by governments and authorities have a plethora of severe consequences for individuals, societies, the economy, and the entire public life. They also affect the sphere of music all over the world: Live performances cannot take place and independent musicians have to fear for their livelihood. At the same time, an outburst of musical creativity can be witnessed and new forms of listening have developed.

It seems that music is being widely and creatively used as a means to individually and socially cope with several of the challenges posed by the current crisis onto individuals, among them anxiety, boredom, loneliness, stress, and uncertainty about the future.
Therefore, a global network of researchers from all backgrounds has formed to join forces in order to document, investigate, and understand the multitude of ways in which music is used, experienced, and discussed during the COVID-19 pandemic. If we can explain how and under which circumstances musicking practices can provide an opportunity for individuals to cope with a threatening situation such as the present one, this knowledge might help societies to be better prepared should a similar situation occur in the future. More broadly, research outcomes from this work may have long-term implications for developing clinical and therapeutic interventions and best practices tackling loneliness and social isolation.

Aims of the Network

  1. connect researchers who plan to study or have already started to study some musical aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. create and coordinate a shared archive of videos, hashtags, and media coverage, based on Niels Chr. Hansen’s crowd-sourced database and other similar efforts
  3. inspire interdisciplinary, collaborative, and global research on that topic and invite contributions to a workshop/conference and an edited volume or special issue

Relevant research topics/questions include:

  • How did listening and music making behaviour change during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How do people use music as a means to cope with the situation? 
  • How do organizers of live music events (concert halls, festival managers etc.) respond to the situation?
  • How do musicians respond creatively and practically to the situation?
  • How can we simulate liveness in a time with no live music performances?
  • Can participatory music making from a distance be used as a remedy for spatial distancing? 
  • How could we establish a typology of corona songs (in terms of content, approach, mood, instrumentation, newly composed vs. cover songs)?
  • Which pieces do people pick as repertoire for virtual choirs or ensembles or for balcony singing?
  • How has music been used during previous crises, and what implications may this have for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

We are convinced that such a multi-faceted topic can only be studied if all branches of music research join forces. As of now, the network consists of more than 300 ethnomusicologists, historical musicologists, music sociologists, musical data scientists, as well as music psychologists, music neuroscientists, and researchers studying music-related aspects of health and wellbeing.