PAMA Notes - December 2016

Register Today for the 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

Join the Canadian region of the Performance Arts Medicine Association at its winter meeting for a weekend of fascinating presentations, warm collegiality, dynamite performances and stimulating cross-disciplinary exchanges between researchers, health professionals and musicians, dancers and other performing artists. Located at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, smack in the middle of the bustling Bloor Street Culture Corridor, the meeting will showcase presenters including eleven time Juno winning musician Phil Dwyer, Nancy Kadel MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in dancers and osteopath, (and former ballerina) Jennie Morton.

This year’s theme, Fake It Until You Can’t Make It 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 is brought to light, the earlier they can seek treatment and the better the 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.

This meeting is relevant to artists across the performance spectrum, as well as researchers, practitioners and specialists interested in the arts.

Who should attend:  Health Care Professionals, Dance Teachers, Music Teachers, Researchers, and Performing Artists

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Symposium Registration Opens in January!

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

Thank you to all of the authors who submitted abstracts. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2017.

For more information, visit our website.

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.

Summary of December 14, 2016 PAMA Board of Directors Meeting

  • Per request of Young Professionals Committee, a Young Professionals tab will be implemented on the PAMA website
  • Per request of the International Liaison, an international PAM meeting calendar will be implemented on the PAMA website
  • For the 2017 Conference in Snowmass/Aspen, the Research and Conference Committees are reviewing 117 abstracts.  Notifications will be sent out by the end of January.  Registration for the conference will open in early January.  Please help us meet our room block commitment to the Westin Snowmass and book your room at the Westin!  Anyone not staying at the Westin and attending the conference will be adding to our potential penalty at the Westin if we fail to meet our commitment and will be damaging our financial situation.
  • 2018 Conference site will be Chapman University in Orange, CA.  California received the most votes from the membership for the next Conference site.

Your PAMA Committees at Work

Committee Report Summary  - November 30, 2016
Liaison Committees
Athlete and the Arts Liaison

  1. AATA one-page educational items have been updated visually to look more consistent and will be posted soon on the AATA web site

NOLA Liaison

  1. New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) Dancer Wellness Program hosts monthly wellness workshops for dancers at the Marigny Opera Ballet in conjunction with our partners at Tulane Sports Medicine. The participants are ballet, salsa, ethnic and burlesque dancers.

  2. We are also working closely with our colleagues in the schools of nursing, music and music therapy at Loyola University to ensure awareness of performance arts medicine.

  3. NOMC and New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation team met with the directors of the new state of the art University Medical Center (UMC) where we have been invited to co-produce quarterly vocal grand rounds in conjunction with the LSU and Tulane Medical Schools.  If any of you at PAMA wish to serve on the steering committee we would value your input.

Membership Committee

  1. The committee has re-worked the welcome email to new members to reflect all the membership benefits.

  2. The members of the Young Professionals Committee have been canvassed for their thoughts on how to attract new young members to the organization.

  3. Ideas are being developed for promotional outreach to local arts and healthcare communities in association with regional meetings to encourage potential new members to attend. A promotional pack is being designed.

  4. Strategies for building relationships with performing arts schools and professional organizations are being considered to provide information about PAMA and to encourage new members.

Referrals Committee

  1. Current goals are to work with The Actors Fund to increase the number of PAMA active members listed in the Actors Fund Directory for Stage Managers.  At present, only 4 PAMA members are included in their Directory.  Please contact Julie at if you are a practitioner and would like to be included in The Actors Fund Directory.

Research Committee

  1. Introducing a new format for the RC Workshop at the 2017 PAMA Symposium! This workshop will now be a 90-minute session with a hybrid lecture and small group discussion format. We look forward to addressing questions and projects. Please indicate your interest in attending on the online registration, when it opens.

  2. Thank you for submitting abstracts for the 2017 PAMA Symposium! The RC will be involved in the review process and will assist the Programming Committee, where necessary.

  3. The RC is welcoming manuscript submissions for the "To Your Health" column of the International Musician magazine. We will be reviewing submissions by PAMA members in good standing.

  4. The RC and the Young Professionals Committee are working together to introduce a new "Journal Club" session at the 2017 PAMA Symposium. Please see the schedule, when it is available, for further details on this great opportunity!

Young Professionals Committee

  1. The PAMA Facebook page continues to gain new members, and currently sits at 2,190 "likes" or followers.

  2. The Young Professionals Committee has collaborated with the Research Committee to discuss the creation of a Journal Club, to be launched at the 2017 Symposium.

  3. Sub-committees have been formed within the Young Professionals Committee to further discuss a young professionals tab on the PAMA website, continue to develop and improve upon the mentor program, and work on 2017 symposium offerings.

Committee participation is a great way to get involved in the PAMA community. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Julie Massaro at or Dorry Allen at

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

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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