Dancers performing at the World Performing Arts Festival 2006, Lahore, Pakistan.
Photo © Waheed Khalid
Northern Broadside Theatre Company performing A School for Scandal.
Photo © Nobby Clark
A cellist performing.
Photo © Nana Kofi Acquah
Street performer 'The Space Cowboy' performing at Edinburgh Fringe in The Meadows.
Photo © Kenny Maths
Mime artists from the Cho-In Theatre Company of South Korea, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006.
Photo © Kenny Maths
Our key funder and a crucial resource for professional and student musicians is Help Musicians UK. Since 1921, they have helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long term difficulties and enjoy retirement. As well as providing advice and guidance, they give financial and emotional support. For many, they are a lifeline: Helpmusicians.org.uk.
Help Musicians UK, in partnership with BAPAM, also help music students suffering from performance-related health issues through the Music Student Health Scheme which provides specialist health advice and, if necessary, a grant of up to £500.
- Unions, professional bodies and useful resources
- Sources of financial support
- Sources of health information
- Research relating to performing arts medicine
Musicians’ Union: www.musiciansunion.org.uk
One Dance UK: www.onedanceuk.org
The Association of British Orchestras: www.abo.org.uk
Royal Society of Musicians: www.royalsocietyofmusicians.co.uk
Incorporated Society of Musicians: www.ism.org
PRS For Music: www.prsformusic.com
British Voice Association: www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk
A range of organisations, including our key partners, Help Musicians UK, provide support, including potential financial help, to people working and studying in the performing arts. To learn more, please read or download our Information Sheet: Financial and practical support.
Patient.info: Patient information and support. www.patient.info
ArtsMinds: Mental health resources hub from Equity, The Stage, Spotlight and BAPAM. www.artsminds.co.uk
Health and Safety Executive (HSE): www.hse.gov.uk (follow the links to the Workplace Health pages). The Sound Advice website contains information about the control of Noise at Work legislation at: www.soundadvice.info
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID): www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
Musicians Hearing Services: www.musicianshearingservices.co.uk
In partnership with Help Musicians UK and the Musicians' Union, Musicians Hearing Services provide the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme - giving all professional musicians in the UK affordable access to specialist hearing assessments and protection.
British Tinnitus Association. If you are suffering from tinnitus please contact the BTA. They have a very useful website, www.tinnitus.org.uk, and a free advice line 0800 018 0527.
British Voice Association: A unique network of support and provision for performers and professional voice users. Publish useful free voice care fact sheets. www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk.
Arthritis Care: www.arthritiscare.org.uk
Counselling Directory: www.counselling-directory.org.uk
A very useful resource listing UK counsellors and providing a wealth of information about the services they provide
Therapy Directory: www.therapy-directory.org.uk lists a variety of UK complementary health practitioners
Alcohol Concern: www.alcoholconcern.org.uk and follow the links through to ‘How’s your drink?’
Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP): www.macpweb.org
Research archive on the BAPAM News Blog: www.bapam.org.uk/news/category/research/
UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc: www.ucl.ac.uk/surgery/surgery/courses/msc-performing-arts-medicine
Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London: http://www.rcm.ac.uk/cps/
Musical Impact: www.rcm.ac.uk/cps/musicalimpact
Musical Impact is led by Conservatoires UK - the organisation which represents nine major UK conservatoires - and involves scientists from Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Crucially, these centres of learning will work with professional musicians and their employers - via the Musicians' Union and the Association of British Orchestras - as well as health practitioners and researchers linked to BAPAM and the International Health Humanities Network.
The project has three core strands of research:
A longitudinal study of physical and mental fitness for performance
The physical and mental demands of practising and performing
Health promotion in music education and the profession
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