WellRehearsed is a free and anonymous rehearsal Covid-19 infection reporting app for leisure-time music groups of all kinds, instrumental and vocal, developed by the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd) and Making Music.
Covid-19 is likely to stay with us for a while, so this monitoring tool is intended to provide statistics on safe group music making during the pandemic.
It will help your group, and the sector, in two ways:
- Gathering large amounts of data which can demonstrate the rate and likelihood of Covid infections from making music in a group.
- If anyone does get Covid following an in-person rehearsal, the information it provides will help abcd and Making Music to quickly update our protocols accordingly, giving you the most up-to-date advice on how to protect your group.
WellRehearsed supports music groups in creating a safe environment for their members, and helps protect the public from the spread of the virus. The basic, anonymous information that users enter into the app will enable Making Music and abcd to compile weekly statistics on safe group music making during the pandemic.
We've developed WellRehearsed in conjunction with the team at abcd and choral expert Professor Martin Ashley, who has advised many music organisations on their risk management over the last year. Martin says:
"We're all looking forward to a full resumption of music activity, but the need for vigilance has not gone away and careful monitoring and prompt action is essential. Our governments will take care of much of this, but we in the music world have a duty not only to monitor our activities, but to provide the best possible information as quickly as possible should anything untoward occur. The easiest and most effective way of doing this is through the WellRehearsed app. It's really straightforward to use and takes less than a minute to submit an anonymous weekly report confirming that all is well. Should a problem be identified, the questions WellRehearsed will then ask you will save hours of painful, forensic head scratching."
Where can I find the WellRehearsed app?
Android: Available in the Google Play Store
What is WellRehearsed for?
The data collected will show how safe group music making is when suitable mitigations are followed by comparing the number of reported group music events with the number of reports of infections attributed to group music making.
If an infection is reported following a rehearsal, the app will help identify possible causes, enabling Making Music and abcd to update our guidance and helping other music groups to adapt their practice.
The app is designed for reporting on rehearsal situations only, not performances.
Who should use it?
The app is for one person in the group to use consistently. If possible, that should be the person responsible for the group's Covid-19 risk management.
How does it work?
Answer two simple questions about six days after your last rehearsal, or the day before your next rehearsal is scheduled: 'Has your choir/music group met for a rehearsal in the last week?' And 'Were any infections subsequently reported by persons attending it?'
It takes less than a minute to send a report. Once you have reported, the app will tell you when you last reported.
If an infection associated with the event is reported, you will be asked some further questions about the circumstances and the mitigations employed for the event. You can input multiple groups of different kinds.
When we have a sufficient amount of data you'll be able to view the statistics on the abcd website via the app.
Is it anonymous?
Yes. We only request generic information about the type of group, age range of participants, and the region in which it operates. The information will be used solely to compile statistics on group music making during the Covid-19 pandemic. No personal data is stored.
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