Musicovid – An International Research Network

News and Events  |  Ongoing Studies and Surveys  |  About this Network


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

#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:

Virtual Get-Togethers on May 19

At these initial events, research ideas and preliminary results were exchanged and discussed between appr. 250 network members. We will now plan the structure of a related conference and an edited volume or special issue.

Program – Presentations


  1. Alexandra Lamont (Keele University):
    DIY Desert Island Discs: Building Collaborations and Taking Studies Online Under Lockdown
  2. Dana Swarbrick (University of Oslo): 
    Quarantine Concerts: The Social Impacts of Virtual Concerts on Audience Members
  3. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics): 
    Musicking Against Loneliness and Depression: Preliminary Results From a Cross-National Survey
  4. Mikaela Leandertz/Andrew Danso Adu (University of Jyväskylä): 
    Music Therapy & COVID-19: The Pandemic’s Impact on Music Therapists’ Professional Practice, Use of Virtual Therapy Environments, and Perception of Professional Identity
  5. Kelsey Onderdijk (Ghent University):
    Impact of Lockdown Measures on Joint Music Making: Playing Online and Physically Together
  6. Niels Chr. Hansen (Aarhus University): 
    Musical Escapisms and A Crowd-Sourced Database of #Coronamusic
  7. Bavo van Kerrebroeck (Ghent University): 
    A Breathing Musical Sonification System for Health & Well-Being
  8. Will M. Randall (University of Jyväskylä): 
    Emotional Outcomes of Music Listening in Isolation: A Mobile Experience Sampling Study
  9. Jane Davidson/Trisna Fraser/Alexander Crooke (Melbourne University): 
    Music Across the Balconies: A Site for Sharing and Exchange
  10. Eric Larrieux/Sascha Jösler/Eric Lemmon (Zurich University of the Arts): 
    Sonification during the COVID-19 Pandemic as Music and Representation
  11. Ruth Müller-Lindenberg (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien)/Steffen Lepa (Technische Universität Berlin): 
    Streaming Berlin Opera in Times of Corona: Institutions, Performance, Reception 
  12. Remi Chiu (Loyola University Maryland):
    Music and Pandemics: Possible Lessons from the Plague and COVID-19
  13. Psyche Loui (Northeastern University):
    Boston Hope: A Data-Driven Perspective for Music Making for Recovering COVID-19 Patients
  14. Lea Hagmann (University of Bern):
    ChorOnline: A Transnational Singing Project Fostering Applied Ethnomusicology
  15. Frank Russo/Arla Good (Ryerson University):
    Effects of Group Singing on Social Wellbeing in Older Adults
  16. Gracia M. Gil (University of Burgos):
    Dynamics of Use and Influence of Music During Confinement due to the COVID-19 Crisis in Spain
  17. Heather Sparling (Cape Breton University):
    Comparing COVID-19 Songs and Disaster Songs
  18. Carol Krumhansl/Emily Hurwitz (Cornell University):
    Disrupted Listening Niches: Signature Songs
  19. Pete Stollery (University of Aberdeen):
    Changing Places: A COVID-19 Sound Map
  20. James Deaville (Carleton University):
    Politicizing the Sounds of Quarantine: Music and Sound in Pandemic News Coverage from Wuhan, Tehran and Milan
  21. Amy Belfi (Missouri University of Science and Technology):
    Comparing Aesthetic Responses to Live vs. Recorded Music

Physically Distant #2: more online talks on telematic performance

Tuesday 28 July 2020, 14:00-19:00 CEST

Registration: Free via

Organizers: Gesture Embodiment and Machines in Music research cluster at the School of Music in Piteå, Luleå University of Technology

Contact  for more information

Link to event announcement

Music & Psychology Research Conference: “Virtually Together”

October 9, 2020, 10:00-16:30 AEST

Deadline: August 31, 2020 (200-word abstracts) via

Organizers: Australian Music & Psychology Society

Contact more information

Link to conference call

Preliminary results from Performing Arts Aerosol Study

Initial results of an aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and more than 125 performing arts organizations have yielded preliminary data and considerations that could help prevent the cancellation of performing arts activities in the future amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Link to preliminary results

Link to more info


Airborne transmission estimator

Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder have developed a risk estimator tool for administrators and band and choir directors who wish to assess the aerosol transmission risk relative to the unique elements of their rehearsal spaces.


Coronavirus Government Response Index

The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) systematically collects information on several common policy responses that governments have taken in response to the pandemic on 17 indicators such as school closures and travel restrictions. It now has data from more than 160 countries and provides a useful resource for #MUSICOVID researchers who, for example, want to relate crisis severity to musical behaviour.

Link to website

Link to working paper

Link to Github


Audience Outlook Monitor Survey

The Audience Outlook Monitor explores how Australian audiences feel about attending events in-person and online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides artists and cultural organisations with a resource to guide decision-making and forward planning with the hope that creative arts can help revitalise our communities.


CfP: Online symposium on “Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Access”

Submissions in multiple formats and from all persons who are engaged in topics related to music, media, and disability in the time after the COVID-19 pandemic are warmly welcomed. This symposium will take place online, 21–22 November 2020. Selected contributions will be considered for inclusion in an edited volume.

Proposal submission deadline: August 31, 2020

Event details: Online symposium on November 21-22, 2020

Organizers: James Deaville (Carleton University), Natalia Esling (University of British Columbia), Stefan Sunandan Honisch (University of British Columbia), Samantha Jones (Harvard University), Chantal Lemire (University of Western Ontario), Ailsa Lipscombe (University of Chicago)



Abstract deadline (Sep 1) for Frontiers #MUSICOVID Research Topic

The Frontiers Research Topic “Social Convergence in Times of Spatial Distancing: The Role of Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic” is now open for submissions. Please note that abstract submissions are voluntary and primarily serve to give us as editors (Niels Chr. Hansen, Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann, Jane W. Davidson) a sense of the field of submission to ensure wide representability. Full manuscripts can still be submitted if no abstract is submitted. Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, Frontiers is waiving all article publishing charges for COVID-19 related research in this Research Topic.

Deadlines September 1, 2020 (abstracts) and November 1, 2020 (full manuscripts)

Contact Niels Chr. Hansen, Aarhus University,

Link to Research Topic

CfP: Special Issue of Journal of Sonic Studies “Sound at Home”

Submission deadlines: September 1, 2020 (abstracts), November 1, 2020 (manuscripts)
Editors: Mette Simonsen Abildgaard, Marie Koldkjær Højlund, & Sandra Lori Petersen
Submission deadline: July 1, 2020 (full articles)


List of COVID-19-related psychology preprints

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


COVID-19 & the Future of Choral Singing: In conversation with Professor Raina MacIntyre

Online event organized by Gondwana Choirs and University of New South Wales

Link to recording

Music and Mind Live with Renée Fleming

YouTube video series with conversations on music, neuroscience, and healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring Charles Limb, Miriam Lense, Wendy Magee, Daniel Levitin, and others.

Link to recording

Musicological musings

~30 min videos from Musicological Brainfood on “Impromptu in the Key of COVID-19" (Daniel K. L. Chua), "Celebrating Beethoven's 250th Birthday in the Time of COVID-19" (Daniel K. L. Chua), and "Schubert's Lullaby in the Presence of Death" (Nigel Nettheim).

Link to recording

Orchestrating Isolation: Musical Interventions and Inequality in the COVID-19 Fallout. Online Conference and Intervention

June 22, 2020

Organizers: Shzr Ee Tan, Royal Holloway University of London, and Kiku Day, Aarhus Academy of Music / University of London
Contact for more information

Full programme and registration

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.


CfP: Special Issue of Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing, “The Role of Music During Social Isolation: Perspectives Through Technology, Wellbeing and Education”

Submission deadline: none indicated 
Note: no publication fees


CfP: Special Issue of Music & Science, “The Role of Music Psychology Research in a Complex World: Implications, Applications and Debates”

Submission deadline: December 31, 2020
Editors: Emily Payne, Karen Burland
Note: publication fees waived for COVID-19 research.


Coronavirus Funding Monitor

Provided by Frontiers, updated daily


Music in the Home: A Virtual Symposium

June 2–5
Northumbria University
Free registration (deadline May 29)



Ongoing Studies and Surveys

Please check here* if you are interested in finding ongoing studies for participation or collaboration. 
(*downloads an Excel file)



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.