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History of BAPAM

The late Ian James, consultant pharmacologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, developed an interest in the medical problems of musicians and set up a Musicians’ Clinic at the Royal Free in 1984. He established the Elmdon Trust to further research into this area and particularly research into the relationship between performance anxiety and physical problems. The organisation later became the British Performing Arts Medicine Trust and is now called the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine or BAPAM.

Over the years our remit has expanded to cover all musicians as well as actors and dancers. Along with the diversification of the client base, we have also expanded the range of services we offer.

Instrumental musicians still constitute the largest proportion of our service users (two-thirds of the total in 2005) – and musculoskeletal problems are still the most common problem our practitioners and specialists have to address.