PPL chief executive Peter Leathem has become the new chairman of specialist healthcare charity, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
Leathem takes over from Richard Price, who retired in July after 12 years at the charity, which works with health care practitioners and arts organisations to deliver specialist support for performing artists.
Leathem said: ‘I have been involved with BAPAM for some time now and it is a hugely worthwhile cause that makes a real difference to people’s lives by providing specialist health advice to all sorts of performing artists – from musicians and singers to actors and dancers.
‘One of the fundamentals of PPL’s business is our dedication to supporting performers, not least to maximise their revenues. BAPAM has many shared values with PPL in terms of looking after performing artists as an absolute priority – I am truly excited about the future as BAPAM Chairman.’
Claire Cordeaux, BAPAM director added: ‘We are delighted that Peter is taking the role of Chair of BAPAM. As a medically-led organisation, we are uniquely placed to offer clinical expertise in the performing arts industry.
‘In addition to PPL, we are pleased to count among our supporters Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union, Equity, PRS for Music, and the Grand Order of Water Rats. We want artists to enjoy successful, sustainable careers, and we look forward to working with Peter to build partnerships throughout the industry and make a significant impact on the health of musicians and all arts professionals.’