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New Clinics in Liverpool and Belfast

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

As part of our commitment to reach and support performers throughout the UK, we are pleased and excited to announce new regional clinics, this time in Liverpool and Belfast starting in May 2019. 

BAPAM are delighted to be working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, who will host the clinic at the Philharmonic Hall, and Dr Marie McKavanagh, a Performing Arts Medicine specialist GP (and musician).

Liverpool Philharmonic have pioneered an exemplary approach to developing and supporting performance excellence through providing specialist health and wellbeing services to orchestra musicians. The positive effects of this investment are proving that performer wellbeing and artistic excellence are interlinked. Taking care of both also makes good business sense. Performers are healthier, happier, take less time off sick and are better prepared for elite performance. Through their key support for the new BAPAM clinic, Liverpool Philharmonic are now helping to bring this approach to the whole performing arts community.

The first clinic will be held on Wednesday 1st May. 


BAPAM are also delighted to be working with the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast’s music hub, who will host the clinic, providing vital support for a healthy and vibrant performing arts community.

The clinic is led by Dr Christine Hunter, a BAPAM and  NHS GP and Medical Adviser to the Ulster Orchestra.

BAPAM’s Belfast Clinic will be held monthly from May 22

Who is the clinic for?

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. 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.

Other regional clinics:

Glasgow: Friday 10th May, 7th June

Leeds: Thursday 2nd May

How to book a FREE confidential appointment?

Call 020 7404 8444 to register | Or email

A major event in Occupational Health

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Are you a freelance performer, regularly working on short contracts and short-term engagements? BAPAM in collaboration with the Occupational Medicine Department of the Royal Society of Medicine is organising an event looking at Occupational health in the performing arts. The industry is commonly termed the original gig economy as a huge proportion of the workforce are composed of freelance performers. There is also unfortunately a high number likely to become injured or have other health problems as a result of their work.

In traditional settings occupational health teams keep people well at work – physically and mentally. But when it comes to the gig economy the healthcare support for a performer may not be as certain.

Amongst other things this event on 27th March 2019 will be looking at the health and work needs of the self-employed, especially those working in this gig economy. As well as the current needs and experiences of performers when they are faced with ill health and also performance-related injury and how they can be treated back in to work.

Click here to book on to the event which promises to be a very useful day for all performers and clinicians working with performers.

  • Interested in finding out more about occupational health and performing arts, there is a collection of resources on the subject on the Society of Occupational Medicine website.


BAPAM regional clinics update!

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

We’re excited to unveil more specialist BAPAM medical assessments for performing artists at our regional clinics in Birmingham and Glasgow during the month of March.


In addition to the musculoskeletal clinic led by BAPAM physio Louise Curley on 8th and 22nd March in Birmingham, March also marks the return of our GP led clinics.

Dr Diana Newson, GP

BAPAM GP Dr Diana Newson will be leading the clinic on 20th March. She has many years experience as a GP and enjoys the opportunity of working with performers. Dr Newson is a Grade 8 singer, pianist and violinist and currently sings with Birmingham Bach Choir.

The Birmingham clinics take place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.        200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR


Our next assessment in Glasgow will take place on 1st March with BAPAM assessing clinician Dr Pippa Wheble at the Scottish Opera Production Studios.  40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD

To register and book your appointment call us on 0207 404 8444.

Call for Research Participants

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Are you a professional musician and do you engage heavily with social media and social networking sites? Tom Wegg-Prosser, final year MSc student in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University is looking for solo artists, lead singers, dance and electronic acts to take part in a qualitative research study. It’ll look at the experience of professional musicians engaged with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Participants would ideally have a rich relationship with these sites, actively engaging and posting regularly. Interviews will be recorded taking 45 minutes to an hour and ideally be face to face, although there is a possibility for phone or Skype interviews.

The study will add to the body of research around musicians’ mental health. MSc student Tom Wegg-Prosser who’s conducting the survey says: “Anecdotal evidence in media is that more and more musicians can have positive and negative relationships with social networking and social media sites.  Some studies have highlighted this is at times a problematic relationship.”

The Interview is intended to be exploratory, open and only semi structured. It will be a broad conversation about the musicians’ experience of this subject.

To get involved click image

Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

It’s been a busy year for all things Performing Arts Medicine (PAM). Here’s a look back at one of the highlights of the year.

The annual PAM DAY 2018 was held at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health on 21st July and organised by the Department of Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. It was a chance for health professionals, stage performers, and students and staff in health sciences and academics to get acquainted with this area. The idea is that they learn about clinical assessments, recovery and rehabilitation specific to performers in music and dance, as well as performer health education and injury prevention.

Programme lead of the Msc at UCL is musckuloskeletal doctor Dr Hara Trouli, who’s also one of BAPAM’s assessing clinicians. Here she is talking about how the day went.

“PAM day was a successful event for BAPAM practitioners and all clinicians and performers who attended. A range of presentations in music and dance with two streams running all day gave attendees the opportunity to learn a variety of topics, to meet MSc graduates and tutors and to hear about their research projects. PAM DAY received great feedback and we are pleased to see the growing interest and participation in these events.”

The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.

Applications for the next academic year in September 2019 is open and closes on 26th July 2019. Click here to find out more

A nod to BAPAM’s work in October’s edition of Classical Music magazine

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A write-up about BAPAM concluded a series of articles on health and wellbeing in the prestigious music publication. Our charity was the focus of a two page spread and was described as the umbrella organisation which is the “go-to point” for performing artists suffering with medical issues.

If you’ve ever wanted to know all the services that BAPAM provides then this article pretty much covers it all. BAPAM’s Information Officer Dan Hayhurst was interviewed for the article.

Read the full article here

Do It Differently

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

A brand new fund has been set up to support the careers of 20 independently-driven music creators by one of BAPAM’s major funders Help Musicians UK. The Do it Differently fund is being called the most comprehensive support for this group of performers yet.

Worth a total of £200,000, the UK wide initiative will be open to application from producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, DJs and others at any stage of their career. The fund is for solo artists, groups or ensembles of six members or less. It will assist with three aspects of their work, which includes their own wellbeing, but also business and creative development. Creatively, that could be songwriting, composition, recording, releasing and touring. Do It Differently will also provide the music makers with access to top business experts to advise on developing sustainable business plans.

BAPAM Director Claire Cordeaux said: “Keeping healthy is an essential part of sustaining a successful career in music and we’re delighted that HMUK is supporting this holistic approach to awards for music creators. We’ve had some top performers, tour managers and psychotherapists advising us on the healthy touring programme and look forward to working with the award winners.”

To apply click here to head to the HMUK website, applications can be made online in a written or video format.

Rock and Pop Weekend 2018

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

A who’s who of voice experts will be gathering at the British Voice Association’s weekend workshop in London for singers, vocal coaches and voice professionals this November.

Geared especially for the genres of rock and pop, a range of some serious big hitters from the industry will be present and imparting their wisdom. Some of the names include Mary Hammond and Kim Chandler some of the most well known vocal coaches in the business. The weekend kicks off with a workshop on the evening of Saturday 24th November at the Royal Academy of Music.

Then the following day will be very much multi-disciplinary in nature, with sessions led by prolific vocal coaches, as well as specialist medical health practitioners who treat voice professionals regularly. The venue for this session will be Cecil Sharp House. For more information and a look at the full programme click here..

Top tips for those considering a career in psychotherapy

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Psychotherapist and music industry consultant Tamsin Embleton of Embleton Psychotherapy shares some top tips for those considering a career in psychotherapy. It’s a guide Tamsin created following conversations with musicians and other professionals within the industry who had been considering a change in direction.

So what does Tamsin do?

She is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, meaning that she explores the quality and availability of a client’s first relationships and how these experiences influence the client’s sense of self and ability to form relationships in later life. She works with clients from all walks of life including the creative industries – and although they come to her with varying presenting issues, beliefs and perspectives – they all have common aims of seeking clarity, support and a deeper understanding of themselves.

So what does a potential therapist need to think about before starting training?

Tamsin says considering things like your underlying motives and how you feel being close to people in distress is important. Having overcome personal challenges and difficulties is a strength in the industry according to Tamsin, as it allows a would-be therapist to get closer to the client’s material and empathise on a deeper level.

There are currently two registration bodies in the UK, the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). Various criteria need to be filled in order to be registered with either body, although UKCP registration is longer and requires more in-depth training.

How long does it take?

Training generally takes between three and five years and being accepted on to courses requires some pre-requisites like volunteering in a caring role or on a helpline, and in some cases the completion of a foundation certificate. Plus personal therapy is an important part of training which allows the potential therapist to work through their own material before beginning work with others.


Another important factor to keep in mind is self-care practices, as Tamsin stresses there is exposure to a lot of distress during training. She suggests budding therapists to develop sound self-care practices early on in training because they help in processing the emotions which arise when being around distressing situations and help to mitigate the likelihood of burn-out or vicarious traumatisation.

How much does it cost?

In terms of costs of re-training there are a few things to keep in mind according to Tamsin. The costs of the courses vary between £4000 and £7000 per annum, which doesn’t include personal therapy and can be between £30 – £80 depending on what is agreed with the therapist. Trainee therapists usually start working with clients around year 2 or 3 which is unpaid but may require supervision which will also incur a cost, although some supervisors offer low fees for trainees and some course providers offer supervision as part of their fee. There are Career Development Loans available as well but not all courses are compatible so worth checking.

And so although the training is expensive and challenging with constant self-evaluation, Tamsin says it’s a great privilege to be part of client’s healing journeys and thinks that there’s lots of personal and professional rewards of the career.

Surge in demand for backstage therapists due to pressures of social media

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

The pressures of performing in today’s social media culture means more and more therapists are working backstage to support performers in need according to an article in the Sunday Telegraph.

BAPAM registered psychotherapist Helen Brice who is featured in the article, says she is getting more requests for her services due to the fear of a blunder going viral within moments.

She says the emergency sessions which she gets called out for involve calming exercises to reduce a performer’s anxiety. According to her other factors affecting performers at the moment includes a demand to tour frequently, falling incomes and the need to stand out in a hugely competitive industry.

Helen has worked for more than twenty years in the music business in the areas of performance, production, publishing, artist management and classical music. She says over the last couple years people have started to become aware that the mistakes they make may be spotted and commented about on online within seconds. This possibility is becoming the source of more anxiety and is adding to the pressure to always say the right thing and avoid any thing that may be deemed inappropriate.

Her work backstage involves supporting clients with breathing exercises, using low energy techniques or more dynamic work depending on what the client needs the most at that time. The kinds of people Helen has helped includes musicians on the orchestral circuit as well as pop and classical artists and more recently, grime artists.