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Coronavirus Advice for Performing Arts Workers and Organisations 

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Coronavirus Advice for Performing Arts Workers and Organisations 


NHS 111: 

Corona Advice for Musicians
Support and advice for all musicians – collaboration between Help Musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Ivors Academy, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Producers Guild,
the Musicians’ Union, and UK Music, who are grateful for the support of many others in the music industry.

Musicians’ Union: 

Help Musicians: 


ArtsMinds – stress and anxiety resources:

Music Industry Therapists and Coaches – Guide To Anxiety Relief & Self Isolation


ABBT – Resources, Training, Events and more during COVID-19:

UK Music: 

One Dance UK: 

Music Managers Forum: 


Anxiety UK: 

Arts Council England: 

Arts Council Wales: 

Creative Scotland: 

Arts Council Northern Ireland: 

Arts Council of Ireland: 

Bandcamp – Supporting Artists During the Covid-19 Pandemic: 

Covid 19 and Freelance Artists (international resources including UK):

Cities and Memory – Sound resources and projects during the Covid-19 pandemic

Ghostly – Creative Work: A Self Sufficiency Primer’s Guide

Financial Support 

Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund: 

Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund:

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund:–emergency-relief-fund

BAPAM Sources of Financial and Practical Support Information Sheet: 

Updated: 25 March 2020 

Information collated by:  

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
020 7404 8444 

As a result of coronavirus (Covid 19), BAPAM is currently delivering all clinical assessments by telephone. Please do contact us if you have a health problem relating to your performing art and we will schedule a telephone consultation with a BAPAM clinician.

If you have an appointment booked in the next few weeks we will contact you with details. If you are enrolled on training, we will be delivering this online or postponing and will update you.

For Covid 19 updates check If you think you have symptoms, use

Covid 19: BAPAM Services Update

Monday, March 16th, 2020

As a result of coronavirus (Covid 19), BAPAM is currently delivering all clinical assessments by telephone. Please do contact us if you have a health problem relating to your performing art and we will schedule a telephone consultation with a BAPAM clinician.

If you have an appointment booked in the next few weeks we will contact you with details. If you are enrolled on training, we will be delivering this online or postponing and will update you.

Our contact details are 020 7404 8444 /

For Covid 19 updates check If you think you have symptoms, use

We are keeping a regularly updated list of coronavirus information resources for performing arts workers and organisations.

Orchestra musicians required for research

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

A PhD researcher based at Liverpool John Moores University and a 5th year physiotherapist student based in France are looking for participants to take part in a study about pain in musicians. The pair are specifically looking at pain beliefs in orchestra musicians.

Céleste Rousseau works as a physiotherapist with musicians and is conducting a PhD project about injury prevention amongst this group. She is collaborating with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and working alongside 5th year physiotherapy student Estelle Poulnot who is working towards her Master thesis.

To take part in the questionnaire click on the following link which should take 15 minutes to complete. Complete questionnaire

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice for BAPAM Patients

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

If you have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus (covid-19), or have recently returned to the UK from an affected area, including on a cruise ship, please follow UK Government guidance regarding isolation and medical advice, which may apply whether or not you currently have symptoms. For updates check If you think you have symptoms, use

In the current circumstances, please don’t attend appointments at BAPAM if you are feeling at all unwell with a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms. We can offer a telephone consultation instead.

BAPAM is recruiting!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

We are looking for regional administrators to support BAPAM’s work in Northern Ireland, Scotland, North of England (covering Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool), West Midlands and Cardiff.)

You will support the running of BAPAM’s regional clinics and health promotion work and build awareness of BAPAM services in local performing arts populations.

You will be an experienced administrator and confident IT user with excellent communication interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to network effectively in the performing arts sector.

You will be working remotely as the BAPAM HQ is in London, and should be able to use procedures and work to policies to ensure you are accountable to BAPAM at the same time as being able to work on your own initiative.

This is a part time role, 21 hours per month per region, although some of the clinics in the North of England could be combined. The role might suit a performing artist with a portfolio career.

To receive a full job description, and for any queries, please contact

To apply for the role, please send a CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the role.

Closing date: Monday 16 March


Ballet dancers needed for an online survey

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Are you a professional ballet dancer, studying the art form or an amateur performer? If this is you, then your experience may help contribute towards initiatives which will help the health and performance of dancers in the future. Dancers are being sought to respond to an international medical survey study on injuries which they may sustain in relation to their work environment, as well as topics like teacher behaviour (motivational climate) and competence.

Amateur ballet dancers will be over 18 years of age and with ballet experience of at least 3 years.

The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes of the dancer’s time  and is completely anonymous.

Click the following link to participate in the questionnaire:

The survey is available to complete until 31st December 2019.

BAPAM registered Psychotherapist moves to Bath

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

BAPAM registered Psychotherapist Alison Penfold who had a successful practice in London for years has moved to the city of Bath. Before retraining and becoming a BACP Accredited Integrative Therapist, Alison worked as a classical singer. She uses perspectives from Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Gestalt, Existential therapy and CBT in her work. 

Alison is able to see people from Bath, Bristol and surrounding areas. In addition to working with those in the performing and creative arts, she has significant experience of supporting survivors of childhood abuse, trauma and addiction related issues.

Alison Penfold was one of a number of psycho social practitioners who contributed to a BAPAM piece a while back and spoke about her expertise and her experience of working with arts clients.




Crafted talks – peer led discussions for performers

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

A singing and vocal coach from Manchester is organising an event aimed at facilitating an open discussion around the challenges performers have faced during their careers.

Kathy Brooke is behind the idea of “Crafted Talks” which was inspired by her personal experience of a voice disorder and its subsequent impact on her quality of life. This episode meant using her voice was painful and singing was also off the cards. This period in her life caused her to become withdrawn and pull back from all areas. She says the self-stigma around her voice issue meant she was unable to open up about it to anyone which affected her confidence levels severely. She was eventually diagnosed with a form of muscle tension induced through stress and emotional trauma. The diagnosis helped her to access the right treatments which led to her recovery and back doing what she loves. This pivotal experience in her life led Kathy to come up with an idea to provide a platform to industry peers where they can share their stories, their highs and lows.

Kathy hopes the event, due to take place in February or March next year will help de-stigmatise the many topics which seem to be off limits due to the fear performers’ have of health issues having a negative impact on their reputation and careers.

For more information about what’s planned, to register your interest or if you’d like to speak at the event email

Free health assessments for performers in Liverpool

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

If you make a proportion of your living from, or study in the performing arts, and have a physical or psychological health problem related to your work, BAPAM can help you. 

A specialist monthly clinic in Liverpool is available for performers.

The clinic is led by GP Dr Marie McKavanagh who is a Performing Arts Medicine specialist and musician.

Who is it for?

It’s available to Liverpool Philharmonic musicians, other performing arts professionals and students in the city and the North West.

So what exactly is on offer?

BAPAM clinicians can provide an accurate diagnosis and information to help you overcome problems.

The BAPAM team can identify the best sources of ongoing care, both in the NHS and from other specialists, and advise you about sources of financial support for people experiencing health problems affecting their ability to work or study.

Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Date: 13th November, 11th December

How to book: The appointments are not drop in and require booking in advance.

Contact details to book: 0207 404 8444

Keeping the Performing Arts Workforce Healthy: Performing Arts Health Champions

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Research into poor mental and physical health within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems. That’s much higher than the national average. Over 80% of arts professionals are freelancers, which makes delivering solutions to improve their health more complex. Improving performing arts health relies both on action from the industry and the individuals who work in it. Crucially, organisations and businesses need to provide healthy environments in which creative professionals are empowered to take responsibility for their own health. This can be complicated by the solitary nature of some performance work and the many stakeholders involved in the industry.

November 2018 figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport reveal that the creative industries made a record contribution to the UK economy in 2017, breaking through the £100 billion mark for the first time to hit £101.5bn. In June, the CBI reported in Getting Young People Work Ready that UK jobs in the creative industries are expected to grow by 5.3%, double the rate of average employment, creating approximately 120,000 jobs. It is critical that, to continue the clear growth in this vital sector of the UK’s economy, its performance professionals, many of whom have to take on second jobs to survive, can maintain good health and can access clinicians with experience of working in the performing arts quickly and easily if there is a problem.

To highlight these issues and the fundamental importance of ‘best practice’ in continuing to resolve them, the British Association for Performing Arts and Medicine (BAPAM), Musicians’ Union, Equity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), PPL , Music Support, One Dance UK  and the Centre for Performance Science are combining their expertise to recognise Health Champions in 2020.

This is the first time so many key players supporting health in the performing arts have collaborated in such an initiative.

Who are our Health Champions?

Health Champions are people or organisations who drive change to improve health in the wider performance environment ecosystem in which they operate. We want to encourage and celebrate Champions from all the performing arts, recognising work done locally or nationally, individually and for venues, companies, orchestras, bands and organisations at all levels and all budgets.

Health Champions will be able to demonstrate what they are doing and how they have achieved it so that best practice can be disseminated and picked up by others. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness that all organisations and individuals have the capability to improve health throughout our performance environments and that action can be taken.

What happens next?

In the next few months we will be publishing some of the risk factors associated with ill health in the performing arts and we want to start a conversation and hear your stories – what approaches are working? What does a healthy performance environment look like and how has positive change been achieved?

We’ll be reaching out for submissions, and later in 2020 we will share news of our Health Champions awards ceremony and a series of “how to” guides so that good practice can be picked up and implemented more widely in our arts community.

The Awards Working Group Members

Matt Hood: Equity and BAPAM Trustee
Diane Widdison, Musicians’ Union and BAPAM Trustee
Sarah Wall: PPL
Jonathan Morrish: PPL, independent communications consultant and BAPAM Trustee
Claire Gevaux: Help Musicians UK
Eric Mtungwazi: Music Support
Erin Sanchez: One Dance UK
Michael Durrant: Centre for Performance Science
Dan Hayhurst: BAPAM
Claire Cordeaux: BAPAM