PAMA Notes - February 2017

Symposium Registration Open!

Join PAMA and our colleagues in Snowmass, Colorado for the 2017 PAMA Symposium as we come together to address artists and performers health issues.

35th Annual PAMA Symposium "No Gain with Pain: Preventing and Overcoming Physical and Emotional Pain in Performing Artists"
June 29 - July 2, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)
Westin Resorts - Snowmass, Colorado

We are excited to announce one of our keynote speakers for the symposium. Look for more keynote announcements in the next issue of PAMA Notes.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, his songs, from “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “You and Me Against the World” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Let Me Be the One” and “The Rainbow Connection,” have touched millions of people for generations. As President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), he is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age. Read More

For more information, visit our symposium page.

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Hurry, prices change after March 1, 2017.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen  or Julie Massaro

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in leading a PAMA special interest lunch or salon at the 2017 Symposium? This is a great opportunity! Please send your name and the title of your proposed lunch/salon to Julie Massaro  All leaders must stay in the Weston.

Final Days to Register

PAMA Canadian Regional Meeting
Fake It Until You Can't Make It

February 11-12, 2017

Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada

This year’s theme looks at the pressure on performers to conceal their physical injuries and psychological stressors until they are at a critical point of no return. The more this issue is brought to light, the earlier artists can seek treatment, and the better their chances are of full recovery. Prominent performers will share their stories of health challenges concealed and revealed, and pioneers in the field of Performance Health will add their clinical and research wisdom. Artists involved include a panel discussion moderated by Denise Donlon, esteemed journalist; and includes Lol Tolhurst, formerly of The Cure; Steven Page, formerly of the Barenaked Ladies; and Phil Dwyer, saxophonist and Member of the Order of Canada, to name just a few. It promises to be both productive and moving.

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This January, Jennie Morton gave a presentation at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference in San Diego on the topic of “The Embodied Voice” - an exploration of the role of whole body anatomy for vocalizing. She also introduced the audience of voice teachers and voice therapists to the benefits of PAMA membership. The following week she spoke at the Music Teachers Association of California, in the beautiful recital hall at Field’s Pianos (the home of Steinway) in Santa Ana. Her topic was injury prevention and management for instrumental musicians, with an emphasis on the role of the teacher in recognizing risk factors for injury in music students. 

PAMA Members - Let us know where you are speaking! We will be making announcements in each newsletter. Send your information to Dorry Allen at

PAMA Members - Expert Roundtable: Music and Hearing

PAMA Members Marshall Chasin, AuD and Bethany Ewald Bultman, along with Dan Beck, published their article "Expert Roundtable: Music & Hearing on the 100th Anniversary of Recorded Jazz". Read the full article in The Hearing Review (February 2017).

To Your Health - Articles Wanted

Are you interested in being published in a magazine? International Musician magazine is accepting submissions for their wellness feature "To Your Health".

International Musician magazine is the official monthly publication of the American Federation of Musicians, serving 80,000 professional musicians in the United States and Canada. The readers of the International Musician are professional musicians working in all genres of music. They run the gamut from classical to country and from polka to punk. They tour and record. They play in clubs and in symphonies.
If you are a PAMA Member, please consider submitting an article. To Your Health articles should be around 650 words and written directly to the layman musician, who is not a health expert. The article should offer direct, helpful tips and advice, and not just information about various health conditions. All articles are subject to approval and editing from the editors.

Send your article to Dorry Allen at to be considered. You will be notified via email if your article has been accepted. Please note that the Research Committee will only review submissions received from currently active PAMA members in good standing with the organization.

These articles are either nontechnical explainers with treatment and prevention tips for problems that may affect musicians—hearing loss, muscle cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, stage fright, etc, as well as health-related techniques to aid musicians (yoga, stretching, chiropractic care for musicians, correct vocal technique, etc.)  These stories may contain direct quotes from musicians and/or practitioners, and should be written for musicians/consumers/ patients. All musicians interviewed or mentioned must be members in good standing of the AFM.

International Musician may use any submitted material as it sees fit for print and online versions of International Musician magazine without compensation due to Author; however, International Musician is not under any obligation to use the materials. 

Author represents and warrants to PAMA and International Musician that to the best of his/her knowledge, the concepts, ideas, copy, artwork, electronic files and other materials produced do not infringe on any copyright or personal or proprietary rights of others, and that he/she has the unencumbered right to publish. Author will indemnify PAMA and International Musician from any damage or loss, including attorneys’ fees, rising out of any breach of this warranty.

Artwork (photographs, illustrations, music notation, and video links) must be hi-res and legally available for use. That means the Author (submitter) is wholly responsible for contacting the legal owners of all photographs and seeking permission to use them. All photo credits and captions should be submitted with the artwork.

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