American Music Therapy Association

Music Therapy Makes a Difference

aka AMTA   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.musictherapy.org

Mission

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) expands access to music therapy and raises awareness about its benefits. In a rapidly changing world, AMTA empowers music therapists to serve diverse populations from NICU to hospice care, including youth in educational settings, disabled or trauma impacted veterans, persons with autism spectrum disorder, older adults and many other individuals who can benefit from music therapy. Music therapy has proven effectiveness in physical rehabilitation and movement, psychological benefits and emotional support for clients and their families, and provides an outlet for expression of feelings. AMTA currently engages approximately 3,500 diverse members including clinicians, researchers, students and others engaged in music therapy.

Ruling year info

2000

Chief Executive Officer

Adonia Calhoun Coates, CAE, CMP

Main address

8455 Colesville Rd Ste 1000

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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Formerly known as

National Association for Music Therapy

EIN

48-6107868

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

E-Courses, Research and Scholarships

AMTA provides more than 20 relevant and tailored e-courses that address topics such as music therapy and infants, school-aged youth, veterans and military populations, disaster situations, medical settings, and many other specially tailored professional development topics.

AMTA provides a variety of professional scholarships and grants, including annual scholarships and research grants for college and graduate students. The support that AMTA provides to clinicians, researchers and music therapists contributes to diversity, equity and inclusion of individuals in the profession of music therapy. These important investments in the music therapy profession are made possible by charitable contributions and scholarship funds.

AMTA contributes to a robust portfolio of evidence-based research on music therapy for the purposes of building awareness and disseminating findings, as well as expanding access and demand for music therapy, especially for target audiences.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans
Military personnel
People with disabilities

AMTA’s policy and advocacy efforts raise awareness of music therapy amongst elected officials, policy makers and other key stakeholders who shape government recognition and other policy related to music therapy, its evidence of effectiveness, and the important details of reimbursements and medical insurance which influence access to care. This creates an enabling environment as we aim to expand awareness and access to this important tool for mental and physical health and healing.

Conferences, events, a bookstore and member resources and toolkits are also key aspects of AMTA’s programming.

AMTA is supported through charitable contributions, membership dues and sponsors / partners who invest in scholarships, public education, research grants, research dissemination, conferences and events. Our efforts would not be possible without public support and charitable giving, which helps to amplify our efforts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Military personnel
Veterans

-20,000 social media followers provided with music therapy awareness-raising information and access to resources
-3,500 music therapists empowered with education, access to training, credential attainment and professional networking
-100 hours of new educational content developed each year, including 1,000+ views or downloads
-Over 150 student and professional music therapists recognized through #CheckInChallenge campaign on social media
-30 important conference sessions made available online for professional development and enhancing visibility of music therapy
-Over 100 Speakers engaged through virtual conference and e-course offerings to share expertise with broad audience
-Partner with numerous coalitions and organizations to support professional development of music therapists and to expand access to music therapy
-Over a dozen individuals supported with scholarships each year
-Over $20,000 in research funding opportunities promoted through network and on social media annually

Population(s) Served
Retired people
Veterans
People with disabilities
Children and youth
Adults

6 unique target audience trainings developed and made available on-demand; including veterans, individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, newborns and infants in pediatric medical settings, seniors experiencing memory loss or function and others

Approximately 10,000 board certified music therapists who provided services for an estimated 1.9 million people, in an estimated 36,000 facilities in 2020 served or supported through AMTA efforts
Key collaborator to MS in Harmony, a Bristol-Myers Squibb-supported, first-of-its-kind music therapy offering designed to help people living with multiple sclerosis achieve mind-body harmony through music therapy techniques

Collaboration with the National Institutes of Health to provide Sound Health, Music and the Mind courses and information through $20 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) award to study music therapy & neuroscience

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
Veterans
People with disabilities

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) collaborate on the State Recognition Operational Plan, a joint national initiative to achieve official state recognition of the music therapy profession and the MT-BC credential required for competent practice. Desired outcomes include improving consumer access to music therapy services and establishing a state-based public protection program to ensure that music therapy is provided by individuals who meet established training qualifications.

Inclusion within state health and education regulations can also have a positive impact on employment opportunities while meeting requirements of treatment facilities and accrediting organizations.

Currently, some form of music therapy license or state recognition has been achieved in 13 states, with over 40 active state tasks forces seeking to achieve or increase state recognition for qualified music therapists.

Population(s) Served

“AMTA sparked my initial interest in research, supported scholarly contributions, and provided collaborative opportunities with wise mentors” – Abbey Dvorak, a member of the Midwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association and Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa

"Finding pathways of connecting to other LGBTIAQ2+/Queer music therapy students and practitioners" and "finding specific affinity groups" are their favorite #MemberBenefits – Daniel Lloyd, music therapy student and Media-Relations Coordinator for the American Music Therapy Association for Students.

Population(s) Served

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords credits music therapy with helping her heal and regain her speech after a traumatic gunshot wound to her head. She has been featured by PBS Newshour, ABC World News Tonight, NBC News, Psychology Today, People magazine, and other media. Congresswoman Giffords applauded “all the music therapists” for the wonderful work they do.

Dr. Oliver Sacks, MD, neuroscientist and author of Awakenings, reported that patients with neurological disorders who cannot talk or move are often able to sing, and sometimes even dance, to music. Its advocates say music therapy also can help ease the trauma of grieving, lessen depression and provide an outlet for people who are otherwise withdrawn.

"I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders --
Parkinson's and Alzheimer's -- because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged."

Population(s) Served

Jodi Picoult, New York Times Bestselling Author states "Music therapy, to me, is music performance without the ego. It’s not about entertainment as much as its about empathizing. If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insight into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem."

Dr. Clive Robbins, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clinic, states "Almost all children respond to music. Music is an open-sesame, and if you can use it carefully and appropriately, you can reach into that child's potential for development." Nordoff-Robbins used music therapy to help 100 handicapped children learn and to relate and communicate with others.

Population(s) Served

In her daily work, board certified music therapist Moreen Bosch sees the impact of music and therapy on the lives of many individuals as well as on their families and other caregivers. Photojournalist Benjamin Hager captured some of Moreen's work on film, including her interaction with Larry and an interview with his wife. Take a few minutes to hear about music therapy from the perspective of a family member, and to see Larry's contentment and engagement when making music with Moreen in music therapy.

https://youtu.be/SvOH6eoXBlw

Population(s) Served

Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 4 months old, 11-year-old Jimmy has received care at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh throughout his entire life. Jimmy is full of light, energy, and a love for music runs deep in his bones. He can constantly be found tapping out an innate rhythm, singing the latest Maroon 5 jam in the hospital elevator, and strumming a guitar like the rockstar he always has, and always will be!

Anytime Jimmy has to come to the hospital, his first request is to visit with the music therapists. Music therapy has provided Jimmy an outlet of expression, normalization of the hospital environment, and coping skills for procedures, tests, and other various treatments.

When UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh opened their state-of-the-art Nora Grace Kaufman Center for Creative Arts Therapy in September 2019, Jimmy was there to break in the new sound system!

https://youtu.be/ddV3gp-uF28

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Adults
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities 2022

Health, Education, Developmental Disabilities, Veterans Taskforces 2022

National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel 2022

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition 2022

Health Professions Network 2022

Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation 2022

Independence through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid 2022

Habilitation Coalition 2022

National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Service 2022

Health Profession and Nursing Education Coalition 2022

Financials

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American Music Therapy Association

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lori Fogus Gooding, PhD, MT-BC,

American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2023

Angela Snell

Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC

Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC

Brian Jantz, MA, MT-BC

Mia Iliopoulos, MM, CDP, MT-BC

Kate Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes