Healthy Performer

Lead Research Organisation: Royal College of Music
Department Name: Research

Abstract

The Musical Impact project (AHRC 2013-18) has generated new knowledge of the physical and mental demands of music making, providing insight into chronic and acute health problems faced by musicians, as well as existing strategies for promoting health. Healthy Conservatoires was created as a legacy network of Musical Impact and now serves as a mechanism through which knowledge and good practice in the performing arts can be promoted nationally. Driven by a clear need and demand to support performers' health more effectively, we will grow and transform our community through the Healthy Performer project, extending the reach of Musical Impact research across other performing arts, including dance, drama, physical theatre and circus arts, generating innovative action, providing leadership and advocacy, and stimulating new, interdisciplinary exchange of good practice.

Healthy Performer is organised into four component work packages. The first will measure the broadened reach of Musical Impact enabled through the follow-on funding. Programmes of network building, asset mapping and systematic evaluation will be undertaken across 12 months. This insight will be used to inform the development of three new film series spanning the remaining three work packages. The first series, State-of-the-art in Performers' Health and Wellbeing, will comprise eight short films summarising key findings from Musical Impact research, helping performing artists, as well as their teachers and conservatoire support staff, understand the changes they can make in their daily practice to promote health and wellbeing. The second series, Who's Who in Performers' Health and Wellbeing, will consist of twelve short films featuring interviews with healthcare specialists who work with and treat performing artists. This will ensure that performers are aware of the range of healthcare options available and empower them to reach out for help and support when they have concerns about their physical or mental health. The third series, The Artist's Voice, will feature interviews with prominent artists from a range of fields speaking about the importance of maintaining health for the sustainability and success of performing careers. They will discuss strategies they have used in their practice, with the goal of pushing against the stigmas of a highly-competitive culture that has a tendency to encourage, if not glorify, pushing the body and mind beyond healthy limits in pursuit of high-level performance at all costs. An interactive web-platform will be created to ensure that these films, as well as key information and examples of good practice collected in the first work package, are easily available to those who can benefit from them long after Healthy Performer concludes. The project will culminate in a summit of key stakeholders and policymakers with the aim of generating innovative action and stimulating new, interdisciplinary exchange of good practice.

The Healthy Performer project is led by the Centre for Performance Science, a partnership of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. It is supported by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and Conservatoires UK (CUK), a national network of 11 specialist institutions offering world-leading training in music, dance, drama, physical theatre and circus arts.

Planned Impact

Musical Impact examined health and wellbeing across a wide range of music practitioners, from students in junior conservatoires and specialist music schools (8-18 years old) to those in higher music education and the profession (18+ years old). The Healthy Performer project will expand our reach further to new audiences and communities of performers in dance, drama, physical theatre and circus arts, empowering them to improve their health and wellbeing as they seek to perform, and help others perform, at the highest levels.

The success of the Healthy Performer project will depend on continued close collaboration with the individuals and organisations from which Musical Impact was initiated. Conservatoires UK (CUK), who represent the collective views of 11 world-leading conservatoires, will provide crucial conceptual and artistic guidance. The project will also link closely with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), a healthcare charity that gives medical advice to those working and studying in the performing arts and shares knowledge about healthy practice. The BAPAM Director, Claire Cordeaux, sits on the Healthy Conservatoires steering group, and the proposed Who's Who film series (work package 3) will draw from BAPAM's directory of health practitioners, providing a significant enhancement to BAPAM's ability to engage performing artists.

The films produced as part of this project will be made freely available to all partners and the wider public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) licence, encouraging their widespread sharing and use for non-commercial activities. This will include free use within educational and training contexts, while restricting the modification of the material to ensure that the primary message and critical research context remains intact.

The new film series will speak to end-users in a variety of voices, from the researchers providing the insight into the challenges performers face, to the healthcare specialists offering potential help, to the artists advocating for a change in culture and for the importance of maintaining peak health for peak performance. Musical Impact revealed serious implications for the productivity and sustainability of performers' careers as they continue to push the boundaries of human intellectual and motor achievement. While the publication of this information though academic routes has provided an important first step in its dissemination, we have an obligation to ensure that this advice is put into practice across the sector. Short, engaging films offer the opportunity for wide and continual dissemination, with an interactive web-platform maximising the accessibility of these materials and ensuring that individuals are able to find the information most relevant to their particular needs. Such films are also highly sustainable, providing continual benefit long after the 12 months of follow-on funding, as they continue to spread among performers within and across disciplines while providing a model and platform by which future research can be shared. The asset mapping and systematic evaluation described in work package 1 will provide the baseline measure of existing Musical Impact influence with which growth resulting from this funding will be compared. Beyond simply tracking viewer numbers, this exercise will comprise continual and deep engagement with key stakeholders across CUK, BAPAM and others to understand the impact of these activities and how they can be exploited during and beyond the lifetime of the project.

All of this effort will serve to maximise the impact of Musical Impact and accelerate the growing momentum of Heathy Conservatoires. What started as a national endeavour will become truly international, looking then to a worldwide network of informed and effective performers pushing the boundaries of their art in a heathy, sustainable manner.

Publications

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Title A Guide to Effective Online Music Lessons 
Description This film was created in response to the global shift to online music lessons brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It summarises good practices in setting up and using appropriate technologies and strategies for effective and healthy teaching in online settings. It is based on the content of Lisboa T, Jonasson P, and Johnson C (in press), Synchronous online learning, teaching and performance, in Gary E. McPherson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance, Oxford University Press. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. It has been disseminated publicly through social media and internally to students and staff by institutions such as the Royal College of Music. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKmuLZJTij8
 
Title COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guidelines 
Description This film summarises and helps disseminate a risk assessment template for freelance performers in safely returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. This template was created by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (who collaborated on the creation of the film), which can be found at https://www.bapam.org.uk/risk-assessment-for-freelance-performers-returning-to-work-during-covid-19/. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. It has since been used by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine to help disseminate their Risk Assessment for Freelance Performers Returning to Work During COVID-19 document. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bk4CZqPAjk
 
Title Health education for musicians 
Description A film summarising research that examines the efficacy of educating music students on their health. Read the full report at: Matei R, Broad S, Goldbart J, & Ginsborg J (2018), Health education for musicians, Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (1137), 1-17, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01137. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w_CGOkZHs8
 
Title Healthy Performer Trailer 
Description This trailer provides an introduction to the Healthy Performer Film series, a collection of short films created to help performers and performance organisations (1) stay up-to-date on new research informing performers' health and wellbeing, (2) understand the nature and roles of key NHS specialists who can support performers' health, and (3) receive guidance on good practices in promoting and maintaining physical and mental health and wellbeing in individual and organisational settings. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_KbGohW3yE
 
Title Hearing Conservation Guidance for the Performing Arts 
Description This film was created in collaboration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine to summarise and disseminate their Hearing Conservation Guidance for the Performing Arts, which is available at https://www.bapam.org.uk/bapam-hearing-conservation-guidelines-for-the-performing-arts/. It summarises six key steps in the process of protecting performers' hearing: (1) assessing the risk, (2) controlling the sound, (3) protecting hearing, (4) monitoring auditory health, (5) informing and educating, and (6) monitoring ongoing hearing protection programmes. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. It has since been used by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine to help disseminate their Hearing Conservation Guidance for the Performing Arts document. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKV7hNI7MWM&t=1s
 
Title Limbering up for practice and performance 
Description A guide for performers to help make sure they're physically ready to practice and perform. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. Featuring: Sarah Upjohn, Physiotherapist. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oszEHyiB_vw
 
Title Musculoskeletal health for young performers 
Description A guide to musculoskeletal health for those working with young performers. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. Featuring: Sarah Upjohn, Physiotherapist. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxmHIt1cZto
 
Title Music Students' Physical Fitness 
Description This film summarises research finding that more can be done to help ensure musicians are physically fit and ready to take the stage. The full report can be found at: Araújo L, Wasley D, Redding E, Atkins L, Perkins R, Ginsborg J, & Williamon A (2020), Fit to perform: a profile of higher education music students' physical fitness, Frontiers in Psychology, 11 (298), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00298 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlajKmqLlr4
 
Title Musicians' Mental Health 
Description This film summarises research investigating the degree to which professional musicians are mentally well through experiencing positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment in their lives. The full report can be found at: Ascenso S, Perkins R, & Williamon A (2018), Resounding meaning: a PERMA wellbeing profile of classical musicians, Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (1895), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01895, 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeAWBkS-Zvw
 
Title Noise at work regulations for performers 
Description A guide to noise at work regulations for performing artists, including how to adhere to them and protect performers' hearing health. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jPtNHNVqVM
 
Title Noise induced hearing loss for performers 
Description A guide to noise induced hearing loss for performing artists, and how to avoid it. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i75aflQozpc
 
Title Prevention of performers' musculoskeletal issues 
Description A guide to preventing musculoskeletal issues for performers. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. Featuring: Sarah Upjohn, Physiotherapist. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye-KFWyO41Y
 
Title Singing safely in a pandemic 
Description A film summarising research examining potential viral transmission during singing and speaking in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full report: Gregson FKA, Watson NA, Orton CM, Haddrell AE, McCarthy LP, Finnie TJR, Gent N, Donaldson GC, Shah PL, Calder JD, Bzdek BR, Costello D, and Reid JP (2021), Comparing aerosol concentrations and particle size distributions generated by singing, speaking and breathing, Aerosol Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2021.1883544. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P8-B-_s8ro
 
Title Specialist Support for Performers | Audiologist 
Description This film features British Association for Performing Arts Medicine clinician and Audiologist Dr Rob Shepheard as he explains how an audiologist can help performers keep their hearing in top shape and avoid irreversible noise induced hearing loss 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWgkVwV4x_U
 
Title Specialist Support for Performers | General Practitioner 
Description This film features British Association for Performing Arts Medicine clinician and General Practitioner Dr Tamara Karni-Cohen as she explains how a GP can help performers address a range of health and wellbeing concerns and be a gateway to specialist support. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8C7ZyIcei8
 
Title Specialist Support for Performers | Optician 
Description A film summarising how an optician can help performers make sure they are keeping their vision in optimal condition. Featuring: Sheryl Doe, Optician. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvzH5wPxr_M
 
Title Specialist Support for Performers | Physiotherapist 
Description This film features British Association for Performing Arts Medicine clinician and Physiotherapist Dr Sarah Upjohn as she explains how a physiotherapist can help performers make sure their musculoskeletal system is prepared for the rigours of performance. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This film was publicly launched at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2020 to approximately 100 key delegates from a range of key UK performing arts institutions, and is publicly available on the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RNcUt-8e7w
 
Title Specialist Support for Performers | Podiatrist 
Description A film summarising how a podiatrist can tailor footcare to the specific challenges performers face. Featuring: Maire Murphy, Podiatrist. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcFMuJwf0lY
 
Title Symptoms of performers' musculoskeletal issues 
Description A guide to treating musculoskeletal issues for performers. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. Featuring: Sarah Upjohn, Physiotherapist. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaAV0V9zRAs
 
Title The effects of COVID-19 lockdown 1.0 on performing arts professionals 
Description This film summarises research examining how arts professionals were affected by the first COVID-19 lockdown. The full report can be found at: Spiro N, Perkins R, Kaye S, Tymoszuk U, Mason-Bertrand A, Cossette I, Glasser S, and Williamon A (2020), The effects of COVID-19 Lockdown 1.0 on working patterns, income, and wellbeing among performing arts professionals in the United Kingdom (April-June 2020), Frontiers in Psychology, 11 (594086), pp. 1-17. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lr0dF5PZrY
 
Title Treatment of performers' musculoskeletal issues 
Description A guide to treating musculoskeletal issues for performers. Developed as a collaboration between the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Healthy Conservatoires. Featuring: Sarah Upjohn, Physiotherapist. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This film forms part of the Healthy Conservatoires resources publicly available on its website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org/films) and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni0Nybhy4TQ
 
Description As part of our agenda to create dissemination materials to promote good practice and the latest research in performers' health, the Healthy Performer project has released (or is producing) the following short films to be hosted indefinitely via the Healthy Conservatoires website (www.HealthyConservatoires.org) and associated YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/HealthyConservatoires).

SUMMARY FILMS (n=2) -
• Trailer [released],
• General summary [pending; i.e. postponed due to pandemic].

SERIES 1: Research in performers' health (n=8) -
• Music students' physical fitness [released],
• Musicians' mental health [released],
• Singing safely in a pandemic [released],
• Health education for musicians [released],
• The effect of COVID Lockdown 1.0 on performing artists [released],
• Simulating performance [pending],
• Assessing dance fitness I [pending],
• Assessing dance fitness II [pending].

SERIES 2: Specialist support for performers (n=12) -
• General practitioner [released],
• Physiotherapist [released],
• Audiologist [released],
• Optician [released],
• Podiatrist [released],
• Osteopath [in production],
• Orthopaedic specialist I [pending],
• Orthopaedic specialist II [pending],
• Psychotherapist [pending],
• Counselling psychologist [pending],
• ENT specialist [pending],
• Occupational health specialist [pending].

SERIES 3: Guidance for healthy performance (n=10) -
• Hearing conservation guidance for the performing arts [released],
• A guide to effective online music lessons [released],
• COVID-19 risk-assessment guidelines for performers [released],
• Noise at work regulations [released],
• Noise induced hearing loss [released],
• Symptoms of musculoskeletal issues [released],
• Treatment of musculoskeletal issues [released],
• Preventing musculoskeletal issues [released],
• Limbering-up for practice and performance [released],
• Musculoskeletal health for young musicians [released].

We have also produced and released four case studies celebrating innovative practice in performers' health within the UK conservatoire sector, focussing on supporting neurodiversity (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), promoting the performing artist-athlete (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance), developing creative careers (Royal College of Music), and enabling self-understanding (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), with further case studies in production. These can be accessed at www.HealthyConservatoires.org/CaseStudies.

The project has also created a hub bringing together and disseminating resources created by Healthy Conservatoires Network institutions, which can be found at www.HealthyConservatoires.org/Links.
Exploitation Route The Healthy Performer project has released films, case studies, and links to resources that, since their launch on 18 November 2020 at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting, have generated over 10000 engagements via websites, social media, institutional dissemination, and YouTube.

The films have been incorporated into academic programmes in Conservatoires UK (CUK) institutions, for which the films serve as core materials for modules address performers' health and wellbeing.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.HealthyConservatoires.org/HealthyPerformer
 
Description The Healthy Performer project has released films, case studies, and links to resources that, since their launch on 18 November 2020 at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting, have generated over 10000 engagements via websites, social media, institutional dissemination, and the Healthy Conservatoires YouTube channel.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Royal College of Music BMus Module: L4 Healthy Musician
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Healthy Performer films are being used as core curricular materials in the Royal College of Music's L4 Healthy Musician Module as of 20/21, mandatory for all incoming BMus students (~140). This module gives performance students the tools and knowledge to build healthy and sustainable practices for their development and careers.
URL https://www.rcm.ac.uk/upbeat/articles/healthymusician.aspx
 
Description Healthy Conservatoires
Amount £22,500 (GBP)
Organisation Conservatoires UK 
Sector Academic/University
Start 11/2019 
End 11/2022
 
Description RCM Policy Support Fund - Healthy Conservatoires adminsitrative Support
Amount £5,700 (GBP)
Organisation Royal College of Music (RCM) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 07/2022
 
Description Royal College of Music 2019-20 QR Strategic Priorities Fund [Healthy Performer]
Amount £13,190 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Department Research England
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description Royal College of Music/BAPAM Collaborative Doctoral Award
Amount £85,432 (GBP)
Organisation London Arts and Humanities Partnership 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 03/2023
 
Description Healthy Conservatoires Network Meeting, Healthy Performer Resources Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A regular Healthy Conservatoires Network Meeting was held online on 18 November, 2020 comprising approximately 100 delegates from across UK performing arts institutions. This meeting included the public launch of the Healthy Performer resources and film series, including the website at www.HealthyConservatoires.org featuring professionally-produced films, case studies, and a hub for online resources. Discussion with the delegates focussed on the value of this resource within their respective institutions and organisations, as well as plans for further resource to be created and shared via this platform.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.HealthyConservatoires.org/Resources
 
Description Healthy Conservatoires Resources Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Healthy Performer project has resulted in the creation of the "Resources" area within the Healthy Conservatoires website. This section contains (1) films for public consumption to summarise, disseminate, and promote research and good practice in performers' health; (2) case studies of innovative approaches to performers' health from UK performing arts institutions, and (3) a hub to collect resources for performers' health from across UK institutions and organisations. These resources will be hosted indefinitely, and continue to be populated and expanded as further resources are created as a direct result of the Healthy Performer project and via collaborations with performing arts institutions.

The launch of this section has had a notable impact on engagement with the Healthy Conservatoires website. Prior to the section's launch at the Healthy Conservatoires Network meeting on 18 November 2021 the website received a consistent 250-500 views per month. Following this event, traffic immediately increased to a consistent 800-1000 views per month.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL http://healthyconservatoires.org/resources/
 
Description Royal College of Music Upbeat Magazine: Being a Healthy Musician 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A featured article in the Royal College of Music's online magazine "Upbeat" for students, staff, alumni, donors, and supporters, summarising the work and outputs of the Musical Impact, Healthy Conservatoires, and Healthy Performer initiatives, including embedded Healthy Performer films and guidance for healthy practices informed by the research outputs. Has been the most-read single article within the online Upbeat article for the year after publications, and has driven c. 20% of eternal traffic to the online magazine portal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.rcm.ac.uk/upbeat/articles/healthymusician.aspx
 
Description The Health Benefits and Challenges of Music Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk focused on the health of musicians as well as the ways that music supports societal wellbeing, and included discussion between researchers and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021