Welcome to the April 2020 alumni newsletter
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  April 7, 2020  
At a glance: 
   - So, How's That Going? podcast is finally here!
   - Resources and links for alumni below

A Note to Alumni

I know this may be a fairly tired opening line, but I do hope that this email finds you all as well as can be. So much has changed in the past few weeks, and I'm sure I don't need to tell you that the performing arts community has been one of the hardest hit. Not only does a situation like this eliminate precious job opportunities, it changes our ability to create together. And for so many of us, that is life. 

Our performance halls and our buildings are quiet—campus itself is closed until further notice. We have switched to virtual instruction across all of our academic units. All residential students have made it home or are on their way with support from the school. You can read more about what we've done and what we're planning to do through the Colburn Connected Community Response

The school is also working to release online content, including bonus video from our performance vault on Colburn's YouTube, resources for our students, and more. We're even asking for the community (including alumni) to get involved by sharing videos of their solo or (distanced) group performances so that we can all continue to have access to art and to one another. If you're interested, please send your short videos (1-5 minutes) to me at or DM @colburnschool on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Keep your eyes on our social media feeds for updates. 

For the coming months, my goal is to provide you with resources, inspiration, and hopefully a way to stay connected while keeping safe. I know a lot of other organizations and community-driven groups are reaching out to you as well, so if you see anything that you think might be worth sharing, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I will work to keep the Alumni page updated with information I come receive that may be useful for you.

And finally, I'm excited to announce that the long-awaited Colburn alumni podcast, "So, How's That Going?" is live on our website and will be available on most major platforms in the next week or so. We had very lofty ideas about the themes and long-term narrative of the first season, but we thought it would serve the community best if we used this first episode to hone in on the current public health crisis and the many ways it is touching the lives of our alumni. We spoke with Anatalia Hordov (Dance Academy '16), Nicholas Rose (Dance Academy '15), and the members of the Calidore Quartet (Conservatory '16), and our own Dr. Nate Zeisler of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact. You can read more about the podcast and some helpful resources from our guests here.

In case you're wondering how we recorded it while social distancing.

Be safe and don't forget to reach out to each other! Virtually, that is. 

Warm regards,

Michele Yamamoto
Alumni and Parent Relations

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Resources and Inspiration
Creative and Professional
Americans for the Arts has extensive resources for artists and has set up the Coronavirus Resource and Response Center page with lots of information and links to other helpful websites. Read more.
Billboard Magazine is updating a state-by-state resource guide for arts professionals. Read more.
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for their Arts Emergency Relief Fund through May 1. Grants range from $400 to $1,200 for solo artists and ensembles. Read more and apply
Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective is maintaining the Wordpress COVID-19 & Freelance Artists which aggregates free resources, opportunities, and financial relief for artists of all disciplines. They're also hosting and linking to helpful webinars. Read more
The Virtual Music Events Directory, though a bit more music industry-focused, offers tools and tips for hosting virtual events as well as a listing of virtual/livestreamed events. Read more.
Creative Capital is maintaining their List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak with information about national and local grants, online resources, and other helpful information for artists in all disciplines. Read more
Sounding Point shared their list of COVID-19 resources they compiled for artists, arts administrators, and culture consumers. Read more.
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture released Art Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide with information on arts projects and emergency resources. Read more
MyPianist is a virtual pianist that responds to your playing and lets you augment your music-making through the power of artificial intelligence. You can access the entire MyPianist library is available for free through April 30Read more.
Personal and Wellness
The Los Angeles County Public Library offers online library card sign-up to access their extensive digital collection, including periodicals and online course offerings. A number of libraries around the country are offering similar access, so check your local library! Read more
You can take virtual museum tours at major institutions all around the world, including the Musée D'Orsay, the Uffizi Gallery, and MoMA (which is also offering online courses through Coursera). Read more
You can stream over 100 yoga videos (mostly filmed outdoors!) for free on on the Five Parks Yoga YouTube channel. All levels and lots of options. Read more
Class Central is hosting 450 free online Ivy League courses from data science to personal development. Read more
YMCA 360 is providing free access to their group exercise and sport classes for a limited time. Read more
The Awake Network is compiling free online meditation resources. Read more
Play Your Part
Contact your state and federal legislators and ask them to allocate funding from the COVID-19 relief stimulus towards the arts. Americans for the Arts has this handy pre-filled email form and you can also find your legislators and email them through the site. 
If you are financially able to, continue to support the artists and institutions that you love. That could mean a $5 donation, donating a ticket instead of asking for a refund, or advocating for them. 
While masks are not required, they are encouraged when you must be out in public. CNN has some guides on making your own mask, with or without sewing skills. 
If you're planning on ordering take out or delivery, The Verge has put together some things to be mindful in the process, including worker safety: How to Order Takeout Safely and Ethically
There's never been a better time to make your own bagpipe, and Instructables has published this handy guide: How to Make Bagpipes Out of a Garbage Bag and Recorders
Bon Appétit has put together a handy and fairly comprehensive guide to home cooking while isolating: Cooking at Home in the Time of Coronavirus
Amazon Prime Video and SXSW have teamed up to present a 10-day online festival featuring selections from the 2020 SXSW film festival lineup, which will be available for free for anyone with a basic Amazon account to stream. Read more
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score television series is now available for free global online streaming. View here
If you've never heard of it, the Internet Archive is a "a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more." You can play Oregon Trail, watch old cartoons, or use their "Way Back Machine" to see websites from years past. As is true with all internet things -- click carefully. :) 

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Los Angeles, California 90012
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