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*Funding priorities and availability are shifting faster than ever as our communities start to re-open. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep these listings as up-to-date as possible.

Hosted by: Karen Young and Derek Oye
Featuring: Shoji Kameda, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Yeeman “ManMan” Mui, Michelle Fujii, Wisa Uemura, and Mark H Rooney

Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 18, 2020 for our webinar, Taiko & COVID-19: Sharing Experiences and Information from the Taiko Community sponsored by the Taiko Community Alliance and Women and Taiko.

As a means of surfacing key issues we are facing as a community, a collection of over 140 individuals gathered together to share information and perspective. Through presentations from community leaders followed by small-group breakout sessions, our facilitators engaged participants on a wide variety of topics as they pertain to our lives as taiko artists and enthusiasts during these ever-changing times. This video collects those presentations by our community leaders as a jumping-off point to future conversation and action.

About COVID-19

The most up-to-date resources for the community and information for healthcare professionals curated by the CDC.

Learn about the World Health Organization (WHO) and their work to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world.

WHO’s ‘Vaccine Explained’ series features illustrated articles on vaccine development and distribution. Learn more about vaccines from the earliest of research stages to their rollout in countries.

From the Taiko Community Alliance

TCA's Community Zoom Channels

The Taiko Community Alliance is offering TCA members access to our Community Zoom channels. Reach out to Paul Sakamoto at paul@taikocommunityalliance.org for more information.

Considerations for Returning to Playing/Practicing/Performing in Person – A series of slides developed by the Taiko Community Alliance with support from Karen Falkenstrom/Odaiko Sonora. What could it look like to return to taiko during an ongoing pandemic?

TCA convened a group of organizers who have been bringing their programming online via streaming services such as Livestream, YouTube Live, Zoom Webinar, and more to walk you through the process of planning your next “live” event, including platform considerations and lessons learned.

The second round of TCA’s Emergency Relief Fund closed on July 6, 2020. Visit the site for more information, and reach out to TCA Staff Sarah Gilbert (sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org) with any questions.

From the Taiko Community

Featuring Karen “KArizona” Falkenstrom, this Zoom meeting was a launching point for discussion around this topic including: a case study from Odaiko Sonora and additional input from taiko community leaders. Accompanying document with links to resources is available here.

RE-IMAGINING A NEW WORLD was a series of virtual gatherings over the span of 4 weeks in the summer of 2020, made urgent by COVID-19 pandemic and the BLM, anti-racism movement. Learn more about this project and read stories, view shared resources, watch video interviews, and more at Korekara Project.

Keeping up with Taiko Practice (Remotely)

Welcome to the 30 Days to Better Shime program! This free program provides one month of daily exercises for small drum practice. 

Some tips when storing your taiko drums for an extended period of time.

Learn Bon Daiko, the style of drumming that accompanies the Obon Festival.

DIY Taiko is created by Chung Wan Choi (Chung), who is frustrated with the limited access to practice instruments, which is essential to one’s taiko learning.

Learn Dokokara through a weekly series of lessons now available online!

A 4-part series by Isaku Kageyama from the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI) on Odaiko Fundamentals, including demonstrations of various grips for playing Odaiko, distinct strokes for playing Odaiko, the relationship between timbre and stick speed, and the basic stance for playing Odaiko.

A 2-part series on maintaining the bolts on a shime daiko, followed by a demonstration of every shime bachi available at Asano Taiko U.S.

COVID-19 Relief Funds

This Emergency Loan will support arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties. Organizations can apply for these low-interest loans to cover basic expenses such as staff salaries, artist payments, rent and other operating costs during this challenging time. Loans can also be used to cover costs associated with re-opening and/or presenting programming remotely such as equipment, software, etc. The Arts Loan Fund will continue to operate for as long as resources are available to sustain its operations.

#StartSmall is Square/Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s public fund for global COVID-19 relief. After the pandemic, the focus will shift to girl’s health and education, and a path towards a Universal Basic Income (UBI).


Resources for the Arts

Notable tool include a “By Location” utility to find local organizations with programs to support artists and art organizations.

Updated regularly, Grantmakers in the Arts is sharing resources and guidance on Covid-19 virus and encouraging grantmakers to support their grantees in treating their funding flexibly in these difficult and rapidly shifting circumstances.

As disaster response and other agencies strive to control the wildfires and help residents of California, CERF+ is reaching out to artists and arts organizations in affected communities to provide emergency relief and useful recovery resources.

The Northern California Grantmakers has a series of online discussions to work together to form a philanthropic response.

Ghost Light Arts has created a Slack channel for artists connect, collaborate, and share resources during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

One-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

Curated by the US Department of Arts and Culture, this list focuses on how to care for ourselves and our communities during these times.

Resources for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

The NFCC has put together a collection of resources for managing credit card debt along with tips for homeowners, small business owners and student loan borrowers to have easy access to information and tips.

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country, including sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide economic support to small businesses and nonprofits to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Interest rates apply.

Full directory of local chamber of commerce. Find the local chamber of commerce near you and near your business.

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country, including sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees.

Livestreaming / Web Conferencing and Remote Learning Tools

For educators and IT administrators preparing for potential school closures affected by COVID-19 — or currently facing closures — here are a few ways to engage students through distance learning, including Google Hangouts Meet premium features, now free to all users through July.

This is a Discord guide for beginners, and a basic Discord tutorial in which you learn how to use Discord on browser, and Discord tips and tricks. If you use YouTube – for taiko sharing taiko practice or performance videos, or anything else – this is a particularly great tool for you to collaborate!

Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.

A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV |HowlRound Theatre CommonsThe HowlRound team shares a primer on livestreaming, in the hopes that people will consider using HowlRound TV as an alternative or enhancement to in-person gatherings.

Recommendations from WhatsApp on how to say connected with your community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For the Love of Art

As international governments take increased precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus, museums, fairs, and festivals are facing closures and delays. Here’s our latest on the coronavirus’ effect on the arts, updated daily.

“Here are some of the most fascinating, immersive concerts, museum tours and other virtual experiences you can explore from the comfort of your own couch.”

No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

Academic publishing has made higher education textbooks free to access online. The Press plays a global role in education and research and shares its University’s mission to contribute to society through its work.


For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines. Join HowlRound plus a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the US who discussed how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation will focus on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.

Struggling with your student loans? Helping a spouse/partner/friend/client with his or her student loans? Please join the American Federation of Teachers and the Student Borrower Protection Center for a free webinar discussing how to manage your student loans during this public health crisis.