The Nation’s Lifesavers have been celebrated as part of University UK’s MadeAtUni campaign, which brings to life the impact of universities on families, communities and wider society. Universities were invited to nominate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing.
Work led by the Centre for Performance Science, in collaboration with Conservatoires UK, has been recognised for taking action to promote health among musicians. The CPS conducted a £1m investigation into the physical and mental demands of making music. The Musical Impact project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), drew on Conservatoires UK’s combined network of musicians, educators and researchers to engage over 1,500 student and professional musicians.
Nearly 80% reported pain in the upper body, and stress management, sleep quality and health management were all lower than expected, confirming the need for radical change in the way musicians’ health is safeguarded. In response, Conservatoires UK created Healthy Conservatoires, chaired by Aaron Williamon, CPS Director and Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music.
This is an international network bringing together stakeholders from across the performing arts to support health and wellbeing. The network meets twice per year and includes more than 150 members, including representatives from the UK performing arts sector, conservatoires, schools and universities who share a vision to support and promote health and wellbeing among performing artists.