Violinists performing with Shidá Symphony Orchestra, NTNU.
Photo © Alton Thompson
This flame juggler (identity unknown) was also riding a three-wheeled unicycle with each wheel stacked on top of the other.
Photo © Nancy Paiva
The drummer Ardog performing with Drop Alive.
Photo © Drop Alive
Preston Dugger III in rehearsal, dancing to 'solitude' in the ballet Ella, choreographed by Donald McHale.
Photo © Ross Todd Kerr
Fiddle-player Dave Swarbrick performing with his group Lazarus.
Photo © Bryan Ledgard
Love music? Theatre? Dance? While we enjoy the glitter, achievement and perfect end result, we don't see the immense physical and psychological demands behind the scenes.
Like athletes, performers need to be as healthy as possible and are especially vulnerable to injury and illness. If anything, performers have a greater variety and number of health problems than athletes: muscle damage, work related pain, hearing difficulties, voice loss, stress and anxiety.
Performing artists who encounter health problems are expected to be detectives, tracking down health care experts who understand their specific injuries. Meanwhile they can make their situation worse, because in an industry where most earn low incomes and are often self employed they dare not stop working or studying while waiting for specialist advice.
BAPAM is the only organisation in the UK delivering the specialist health support all professional and student performing artists need. We give free advice to actors, dancers, musicians, singers and all other performing artists, whether they are studying or working full or part time, as well as production crew, composers, conductors, sound engineers and more. BAPAM is unique, essential and irreplaceable.
Despite the importance of performing arts to our economy, we receive no government funding. Supporting BAPAM is a great way to maintain the excellence of Britain's performing arts. Here's how:
- Join our Friends scheme and become a regular supporter. Friends receive priority bookings on all BAPAM events plus regular email newsletters.
- Make a one-off donation.
- Our JustGiving page makes it easy to organise a sponsored event. Here's some more information about organising a fund raising event for BAPAM.
- Introduce us to potential donors (corporate, individuals, trusts, etc).
- Remember us when making a will.
- Find out how you can work with us as a health-care practitioner.