In December 2018, TCPAH musician-researchers Kensley Behel and Meghan Taylor were invited to participate in a biannual meeting hosted by the Healthy Conservatoires Network (http://musicalimpact.org/network/) in London, UK. This initiative brings together key stakeholders from the conservatoires in the United Kingdom and performing arts health discipline. During these meetings, the stakeholders discuss ways to maintain, develop, and support aspects of health promotion and occupational wellbeing for performing artists. This approach has been adapted from the Healthy Universities project (healthyuniversities.ac.uk), which has been noted as an exemplar by the World Health Organization for a settings-based approach to health promotion.
After discovering and researching this project, Behel and Taylor reached out to Dr. Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and principal investigator for the Healthy Conservatories Network, to learn more about the work going on in the UK. These discussions led to an invitation for Behel and Taylor to attend the December meeting of the Healthy Conservatoires Network. Participants in the meeting were from the UK and other parts of Europe, Behel and Taylor were the only representatives from the United States to attend. This meeting covered a variety of topics, including hearing health, psychology, music performance anxiety, health promotion, and the responsibility of administration in performing arts health-related issues. Attending this meeting enabled Behel and Taylor to cultivate relationships with various researchers, educators, and administrators involved in performing arts health research and discussions in the United Kingdom. Since attending this meeting, Behel and Taylor have gained a new perspective on how to implement performing arts health concepts into tertiary schools of music in the United States.