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2020 Annual AMTA Conference to be Held Online

April 15, 2020 10:40 AM

AMTA 2020 Conference

The AMTA 2020 Conference is Going Virtual!

The AMTA national conference, originally scheduled to be held at Harrah’s in Atlantic City November 19th-22nd, will be held online this year!  Find information on how you can be part of this inaugural online/virtual gathering below.  Stay tuned for more information coming in June!

AMTA 2020 Proposal Deadline Extended to April 28th

Now that national conference is virtual, support for presenters selected for the conference will be provided to help with logistics of sharing expertise online. If you have submitted a proposal, you can go back into your document to make any needed changes to accommodate the online conference format. If you have not submitted a proposal yet and would like to be considered, we have extended the submission deadline to April 28th! Please contact Cindy Smith at smith@musictherapy.org with any questions.

Virtual Conference FAQs

Conference is going virtual? What does this mean?

Participants will be able to log in during scheduled conference times to watch live and pre-recorded sessions.  These videos will continue to be available online after the conclusion of the conference to allow participants extra time to view more sessions.

Why is the 2020 conference going to a virtual format?

COVID-19 has affected everyone financially, mentally, socially and physically. In an effort to anticipate long-term effects of this global health emergency and provide value and accessibility for all stakeholders, the board of directors made the decision to move the AMTA 2020 conference to a virtual conference.

When will you have specific information about the 2020 virtual conference?

We are rolling out conference information and registration in June. We have spent the last couple years planning an on-site conference and are now working diligently to switch to an online platform that will provide quality education and networking opportunities in an easy to use format.

Will the virtual conference be the same dates in November?

We will not have this answer until June as we are currently negotiating contracts and planning the conference launch.

How much will the conference cost?

We are hoping to provide a number of continuing education opportunities at an accessible price through conference sessions, longer continuing education courses, and additional content. We are anticipating having conference rates approved by the AMTA board of directors for our roll out in June.

Will virtual sessions be live or recorded?

Both! Some sessions will be presented live and some will be pre-recorded which will give presenters the opportunity to engage in a live online chat about the material during the presentation.  These sessions will continue to be available online at the conclusion of the conference so you can watch them at your leisure when your schedule allows. 

I have never presented in a virtual/online format. Will presenters have support?

It is all right if you have never presented in this format, we will support you! If your conference session proposal is selected, we will provide technical and presentation support to help you be successful.

My favorite part of conference is networking. Are there opportunities to connect with other professionals in a virtual conference?

Absolutely! Find other students and professionals with your interests in the online networking chatrooms during conference. You can connect, ask questions, and share contact information with other attendees.

What about the research poster session?

This will happen! You will still be able to see current research and interact with researchers online.

Will there be exhibitors/Sponsorship?

Yes, more information on how you can be an exhibitor/sponsor will be provided in June.

Will we still have meetings during the virtual conference?

We are working on how to address association business in an accessible, interactive format. Look for more information regarding AMTA business meetings, assembly meetings and committee meetings this summer.

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