PAMA Notes - November 2016

Call for Abstracts -
Deadline EXTENSION November 30, 2016

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 will be accepting abstracts for the 35th annual PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists until November 30, 2016. We encourage the submission of research-based abstracts. Educational abstracts as well as proposals for workshops will also be accepted. Abstracts submitted to PAMA will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee.

All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2017.

Click here to view the guidelines and download the abstract templates

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen  or Julie Massaro

Awards Deadline Extended to November 30, 2016

The deadline for Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award (AGB) has been extended. This award is given to an investigator in recognition of recently completed original research. Click here to learn more about the award, to see the guidelines, or to complete your submission.

You may also apply for the Martin Brandfonbrener Scholarship until the new deadline of November 30, 2016. Click here for more information. 


Your PAMA Committees at Work

Summary of Goals


Development Committee

  • The Development Committee (DC) will begin to develop the Brandfonbrener/Lederman Legacy Fund's platform that complements the mission of PAMA
  • The DC will also begin to develop a strategy to invest the funds for growth and longevity in order to best build our donor base
  • The DC will identify possible avenues to best appropriate the funds

Education Committee

  • The Education Committee (EC) will champion the PAMA/ACSM Pre-Conference Course in Snowmass in 2017
  • The EC will be prioritizing goals (via electronic polling) that will be initiated in 2016-17 and those that will become 2-3 year strategic planning items based on committee discussions from the 2016 annual symposium meeting.

Executive Committee

  • PAMAengage!, participation by the Membership in PAMA, is in full swing. 
  • The Membership has been included in the selection process for the location for the 2018 conference
  • A Member Playbill in each PAMA Notes announces members’ PAM-related activities to facilitate networking. 
  • Membership will be informed of the Committees’ Progress Reports in PAMA Notes after the Board Meetings in December and March  

International Liaison Committee

  • International Committee will develop a PAM meeting calendar that will post a listing of International PAM-related events on the website

Liaison Committees

AATA Liaison

  • Develop a proposal /strategy for US Conference of Mayors and other office holder leadership (led by established subcommittee)
  • Establish marketing and brand direction (led by established subcommittee.)
  • Review existing research and help compile key easy to comprehend messages applicable for multiple AATA organizations and target audiences.

IADMS Liaison

  • Create educational literature (articles, "tip sheets," etc.) about concussion in performing arts.
  • Customize the current best practice in sports concussion management for use in performing arts, including producing a "pocket card" tool for use by performing arts teachers, choreographers, and artistic directors to know when an artist should be referred for concussion evaluation.

MTNA Liaison

  • Pedagogy Saturday has served as the primary vehicle for promoting a strong connection between PAMA and MTNA and will be taking place in Baltimore, MD on March 18, 2017.  Since 2014 MTNA has chosen to offer a wellness track, scheduled within this one-day pre-conference event. 
  • Brenda Wristen and I have co-chaired a wellness series that MTNA has published in its journal, The American Music Teacher, and is now in its third year.  This year’s series is entitled, “Empowering Musicians: Teaching, Performing, Living”.  We have involved many PAMA members in writing these articles: I hope this continues as they are wonderful articles and have been well-received. 
  •  As Chair of the College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health, I am hoping to feature PAMA members in our continuing Webinar Series.  By the end of this year, we will have presented eight Webinars, some of which have received as many as 1,349 views.
  • International Society for Music Education: Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group:  The committee includes a number of PAMA members - John Chong, Jennie Morton, Peter Visentin, Carina Joly, Serap Bastepe-Gray, Eckart Altenmüller (our advisor).  Our next World Conference will take place in July 2018 in Baku, Azerbajian.  We encourage PAMA members to consider submitting proposals and participating at this international event that brings them in contact with music teachers around the world. 

New Orleans Musicians Clinic Liaison

  • To have PAMA and Athletes and the Arts members coordinate community-screening events to encourage the conversation around the vital importance of performing arts medicine.
  • To screen the film during PAMA’s 2017 Symposium in Aspen, CO in conjunction with Jazz Aspen to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Long Range Planning Committee

  • LRP is in the process of selecting a mix of members – “older” vs newer, the major disciplines and both US and international
  • LRP main issue is that of future meeting sites and planning

Membership Committee

  • The Membership Committee (MC) will develop a Welcome process for new members to direct them to Committees and assist in networking with members for them to Engage! In PAMA
  • MC will align with Young Professionals Committee (YPC) to recruit new student members
  • MC will reach out to performing arts and health communities in support of regional and annual meeting that will lead to new memberships
  • MC will reach out to arts schools and performing arts centers to inform them of PAMA and encourage membership

Research Committee

  • The Research Committee (RC) will be providing their expertise to review the abstracts for the annual conference in Snowmass in 2017
  • The annual conference in Snowmass in 2017 will feature a Research Workshop by the RC as well as a Research Mentor Booth in the lobby
  • RC is championing solicitation and review of submissions for endorsement from PAMA to the Editor of International Musician for the “To Your Health” column.  The developing relationship with this publication is a way to increase exposure of our organization to the readers of the magazine.
  • RC Member Peter Visentin continues to update the Bibliography of PAM articles in the literature.  Bill Dawson, long-time PAMA bibliographer, is still assisting with this project as well.

Young Professionals Committee

  • The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) will champion website aspects as they pertain to Young Professionals and social media such as Facebook with appropriate supervision of Medical Professionals within PAMA
  • YPC will develop and evaluate the Mentor pairing process that began at the Conference in NYC
  • YPC will host an event, such as a lunch meeting for Young Professionals, at the Conference in Snowmass in 2017

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

Toronto Canada Regional Meeting - Save the Date

Fake It Until You Can't Make It

February 11-12, 2017

Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada

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

Learn More

LA Weekly Article on Musicians' Health Features PAMA

The article by Andy Hermann covers information about musicians struggling with injury and anxiety. Featuring PAMA members Jennie Morton and John Chong.

Click here to read the article



Another Successful PAMA Regional Meeting in Boston

On October 30th, PAMA, NEC Health Services, NEC EM Department, and NEC Woodwind and Brass Faculty presented the PAMA Regional Meeting "The Inside Story: Brass and Woodwind Pedagogy Informed by Science." This Boston Regional PAMA Meeting was successful and was very well attended. The afternoon was a wonderful synergy of science, medicine and pedagogy, all of which should serve the students and community well. We would like to thank the Entrepreneurial Musicianship department at the New England Conservatory for their work in helping to make this regional meeting successful.

Volunteer and Engage!

PAMA is seeking member volunteers for two of our awards committees:

  • Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award Committee - the AGB award is given to an investigator in recognition of recently completed original research.
  • Bill Dawson Service Award - Recognizing the accomplishments of a PAMA member who works to further the mission of PAMA.

If you are interested in joining either of these committees, please contact Julie Massaro at

Please note that volunteers will be required to attend the 2017 conference and use one of the Westin rooms.

Member Publication Announcement

Scholarly Research for Musicians
by PAMA Member Sang-Hie Lee

The book has the following unique features:

  • Foundation of comprehensive common elements of research;
  • In-depth coverage of different research methods in separate chapters by field experts;
  • First-time-ever chapters on Performance Science.

Click here for pre-order information

Upcoming Event

Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation 10th Annual Conference

September 23-24, 2017

Ames Center, Burnsville, Minnesota, USA

The Dancer's Foot and Ankle

Saturday September 23, 2017

Medical Provider Day


Sunday September 24, 2017

Dancer Wellness Day


Registration Opens Spring 2017

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