BAPAM is a unique medical charity. Their mission is to enable student and professional performing artists throughout the UK to achieve and maintain optimal health for performing their art and participating in cultural life. They do this through direct provision of health assessments and information to individual performers in clinics and through broader education, training and dissemination of knowledge about best practice in performing arts medicine.
For more information:
- Visit the BAPAM website
- Helpline: +44 (0)207 404 8444
One of the key challenges for musicians is to apply in practice information relating to promoting health and wellness. The following resources provide insights into why changing health-related behaviour is so difficult and how that can be addressed for the general population and musicians in particular.
As the 2021 lockdown eases you may be contemplating with excitement, and possibly some trepidation, a return to face-to-face musical activities such as performing, rehearsing, teaching, conducting, community music, sound recording, and many more such diversions and pursuits. As we move through this transition period it is vital to take things steady and remember that this is likely to be quite a shock (mental and physical) to the system. If you have had COVID19 then you may need to take extra steps to allow your body to recover and adjust to the activities that you took part in previously. You can take steps to prepare yourself and also consider the needs and challenges of other musicians you work with (e.g. as an educator or conductor) to make the transition more successful and positive for everyone. The following articles provide practical advice and guidance on how to do that:
BAPAM blog: When the curtain goes up again: Building our fitness to perform (March, 2021)
The Strad: Easing back into performance post Covid-19 (April, 2021)
BAPAM blog: Returning to work in the performing arts after having COVID-19 (April, 2021)
Advice, guidance, research, and support relating to COVID19 are fast changing and it is challenging to keep up with developments. In this section we have gathered together some of the resources relating to COVID19 that may be of interest, but are aware that there may be many more. If you know of useful resources that could be added to this list please contact Naomi.