INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MARCH 12, 2020 – With the World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus can be characterized as a pandemic and with significant changes by national organizations announced Wednesday evening, Music for All has modified the 2020 Music for All National Festival for the safety and well-being of all those involved with our organization.
Music for All has contacted the ensembles who had not yet departed for the Festival to recommend that they stay home and not travel to the event.
We are communicating with the groups who have already arrived and are asking them to work with us to make the best and most effective travel plans home.
With the clinicians who are present, we will offer educational programming to the ensembles who are already in Indianapolis until their early departure.
Indiana’s neighboring state of Ohio has taken extreme precautionary actions, and with the continuing progression of the coronavirus in the United States and globally, the evolution of the situation in the city and state is unknown.
Music for All is deeply saddened to cancel this Festival which is the epitome of scholastic band, orchestra, and choral scholastic learning opportunities in America.
We are thankful for the support and counsel of our local community and everyone involved in the Music for All family.
We are also grateful for the support and ongoing understanding of our participants as we make the best possible decision for them, the organization, and our nation.
Our mission remains to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.
We, like every American and citizen of the world, are hopeful and expectant that we will all persevere and never compromise on our belief in music, music in our schools, and music for all.