PAMA Notes - July 2017

Letter from the President

For the 2017 “No Gain with Pain” International PAMA Symposium, 170 participants from 17 countries came together in Snowmass to share their research and educational endeavors related to “Preventing and Overcoming Physical and Emotional Pain in Performing Artists”.  Kudos to Dr. Susan Raeburn and Dr. Jason Hu for their leadership of the Conference Committee for the legendary Symposium.  Special thanks to the inspiring and informative Keynotes by Paul Williams and Dr. D. Andrew Tompkins.
PAMAengage! is participation in PAMA by our growing Membership.  Through PAMA Notes, each PAMA Member will be included in the planning process for next year’s PAMA Symposium in Orange, California.  All Committee Chairs also welcome Members to join in on the exciting work of their Committees. 
Over the last year, regional conferences were hosted in California, Florida, Cuba, Massachusetts, and Toronto.  Stay tuned on PAMA Notes for information on Regional PAMA Conferences in the upcoming year. 
With each Member having a voice in the organization, through the Committees’ commitment to accomplish their self-directed goals, and the growth of our successful Regional Conferences, we all build on the Legacy of PAMA to advocate our organization’s mission!
Marc Brodsky, MD,
President, PAMA


Each member is encouraged to engage! in the organization by contacting a Committee Chair or Julie Massaro, our Executive Director, and participating on the committee(s) of interest to them.

The following is a list of the Committee Chairs:
Bylaws - Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Chair; George Shybut, Vice Chair
Development -
Kathleen Riley, Chair
Education -
Christine Guptill, Chair
Research -
Esther Nolton, Chair
Long-Range Planning -
Ralph Manchester, Chair
Membership -
Jason Hu, Chair
Referrals -
Nancy Kadel, Chair
Young Professionals -
Mary Garza, Chair
Liasons -

The Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras recently welcomed the delivery of a major report on world’s best practice in occupational health and safety for orchestral musicians. The team of internationally renowned professionals was led by PAMA member Bronwen Ackermann. In addition to assessments and interventions, the team has published multiple academic articles on all aspects of musicians' health and safety. In addition to a report, the team has produced a practical handbook for use by orchestral musicians.

The Sound Practice final report and Health Handbook for Orchestral Musicians will be made available to the public through the participating orchestras’ websites, as well as from the Australia Council for the Arts.

PAMA Members - Let us know your PAM-related activities to share with the Membership to facilitate networking.  We will be making announcements in each newsletter. Send your information to Dorry Allen at

Legacy Fund Raiser

There is still time to purchase the Official 2017 "No Gain with Pain" PAMA Symposium t-shirt. All collections support the Brandfonbrener/Lederman Legacy Fund for honoraria of world-class experts in PAM to present as Keynotes at future PAMA conferences.

Click here to purchase your PAMA t-shirt and support the Legacy Fund.

The price of $23 USD includes the cost of shipping.



Dawson Service Award

We are very proud of the work Sang-Hie Lee has done with PAMA over the years. Please join us in congratulating her on winning the 2017 Dawson Service Award. The award was presented during the PAMA Symposium in Snowmass.

Thanks Sang-Hie for your years of service!



Call for Abstracts

2018 PAMA International Symposium

Orange, California USA

June 28 - July 1, 2018

Glamor and Grit: Building An Entourage for Health

The theme for our 2018 symposium is oriented around combining all the facets that facilitate improved health support in the arts, to ensure that performing artists' needs are addressed from all angles. These include:

  • Health education in performing arts training (physical and psychological)
  • Access to appropriate health care
  • Training & educating Performing Arts Medicine specialists to meet the needs of this population
  • Addressing the cultural biases that perpetuate unhealthy habits/ practices in the arts
  • Creating safe working environments for performers

The deadline for abstract submissions is October 15, 2017.

The abstract submission system will be open in August 2017.

The PAMA Canadian Regional Meeting Videos are Posted!

Did you miss the 2017 PAMA Canadian Regional Meeting? Now is your chance to take in some of this amazing program. Check out the videos from our notable speakers on the PAMA website.

Click here for videos!

Research Participants Needed

Perceptions of ideal ergonomics for violin performance

This study aims to explore the views of violinists and musicians’ health experts regarding the ideal way to support the instrument during violin playing. Your participation may help clarify important health and performance aspects of instrument set-up for violinists.

Click here for more information.

Or, contact:
Mr Ju-Yang Chi - Phone: 0421 889 353 Email:
Dr Bronwen Ackermann at Email:

All enquires will be treated privately and confidentially.

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.

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