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SEM Statement on COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The Society for Ethnomusicology extends its deepest solidarity to a world wounded by COVID-19. As we know from our studies, musicking is a social activity, fundamental to being human, and thus this historical moment of required social isolation strikes SEM’s membership at our core. But ethnomusicologists have also shown how music can help heal and build solidarity. Therefore, this is a time for an extra dose of kindness, compassion, and help for all those in need, especially performers and others who may be experiencing acute hardships during this pandemic.

To date, the following SEM chapters have been forced to cancel their meetings for 2020: Midwest, Niagara, Northeast, Southeast/Caribbean, and Southern Plains. These chapters are already at work on plans for 2021. The Society wishes all of its chapters the best as they continue their vital service on behalf of ethnomusicology.

Meanwhile, the SEM Board, Council, committees, publication editors, and staff are keeping all Society programs and operations moving forward. We will administer our prizes program entirely online for 2020. Please see individual prize pages in the prizes area of the SEM website for updated submission procedures.

Though now working at home, SEM staff at Indiana University Bloomington can be reached during regular business hours and stand ready to assist members and colleagues.

Thank you for your support of SEM. Stay safe!

Tim Cooley, SEM President

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