March 14


11:00 am - 01:00 pm

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British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

A deep dive into how voice users can stay vocally well

BAPAM deliver expert health and wellbeing services in the performing arts. Our events give artists, creators, technicians, teachers, and organisers the knowledge they need to improve health and enjoy sustainable careers.

Three-quarters of musicians have health problems that can impact their creative work, ranging from minor inconveniences to career-limiting conditions (Ackermann, Kenny 2014). Many of these conditions could be prevented by healthy practice.

This session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from performance experience, research findings, psychology, and proven vocal health clinical pathways. Participants will learn how to avoid vocal problems and identify the signs and symptoms if they do occur, how to manage issues, promote good health, and where to go for help.

Trainer: Lucy Heyman

Lucy Heyman is a vocal and performance coach, researcher and lecturer. She is the co-author (with Rhian Jones) of industry-funded musicians’ health and performance manual, Sound Advice: The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy and Successful Career in Music.

Lucy’s PhD research at the Royal College of Music focuses on the health and wellbeing support of popular musicians, and she presents her original work at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2018 she founded musicians’ health and performance consultancy, Elevate Music, working with artists, music industry organisations and charities. She also hosts the health-focused Elevate Music Podcast in partnership with Help Musicians, with guests including Imogen Heap, Dodie, Shaun Ryder, Nina Nesbitt and more.

Lucy holds a MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music and a BA in Music from Bristol University. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers – who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues – we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.