International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine  



As little as thirty years ago, not much was understood about the medical problems experienced by those working in the arts.  Today there is a specialty area in traditional medicine called Performing Arts Medicine.  The International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine (IFPAM) was founded in 1992 to help performing artists, production professionals, arts educators, and students learn how to prevent performance related injuries, learn about Performing Arts Medicine, to provide programs in injury prevention as well as disseminate medical information.

IFPAM also strives to educate those who work in the arts industry about the many hazards and unsafe conditions they may face all too often unknown to them including theatrical special effect smoke.  The Foundation has become a central resource center providing artists with immediate help by means of physician referrals and  general health related information, whether they are at home or abroad.  Whenever possible, artists will be given an opportunity to discuss important issues with its advisory board members and invited guest speakers by providing live chat sessions and as always the Foundation can be reached anytime through email. IFPAM has and will continue to investigate the dangers artists face behind stages, on stages, film studios, home studios and even when working outdoors and it will work toward a healthier and safer working environment for all who work in this industry.

The International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine has a liaison with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and the German Society for Music-physiology and Performing Arts Medicine.  It is comprised of a medical advisory board and an artistic advisory board.  The International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Your gifts are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. 
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