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Are you suffering for your art?


The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is a healthcare charity giving medical advice to people working and studying in the performing arts. BAPAM help you overcome (and preferably avoid) work-related physical and mental health problems, and we are dedicated to sharing knowledge about healthy practice.

Our expert clinicians understand the demands of a performing arts career and give free medical advice about problems including work-related injuries and pain, tension, voice problems, hypermobility, performance or career-related anxiety and other psychological issues. BAPAM clinicians are from a range of backgrounds including general practice, physiotherapy, psychology, osteopathy, rheumatology, and orthopaedics.

If you make a proportion of your living from, or study in the performing arts, we can help you. We advise professionals and students including musicians, actors, dancers, singers, technicians, sound engineers, producers, DJs, stage managers and variety artists. Our clinicians are experienced at dealing with the problems performing arts workers frequently face, and can help with an accurate diagnosis and advice including identifying efficient care pathways, both in the NHS and from other specialist individuals and services. The BAPAM team can also advise about the availability of financial support for people experiencing health problems affecting their ability to work or study.

We provide the following services:

  • Free confidential health assessment clinics
    BAPAM's network of expert clinicians around the UK.
  • Directory of practitioners
    We maintain a list of clinical specialists and practitioners in many branches of health care who have experience helping people working in the performing arts.
  • Our free health resources help you to understand what you can do to keep in peak condition, even though the demands of the job sometimes make this difficult. For example, we can suggest ways you can look after yourself on tour; how to maintain a work-life balance to ensure you can perform at your best.
  • Healthy Performance Events and Training
    Adaptable training sessions for arts professionals and students, educators, employers and support organisations, focus on essential skills for wellbeing and optimal performance throughout a sustainable career.