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The AMTA Board of Directors recognize the impact that COVID-19 is having on the world, and more specifically, on professional music therapists, music therapy interns, music therapy students, the clients we serve, and as our ability to work.  With the World Health Organization’s recent declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, we now face unavoidable cancellation of conferences and our clinical practices with business disruptions occurring and the impact being felt by our regions, our members, and our students.  AMTA is working on your behalf, meeting regularly with the Board, with Regional Presidents, and with the newly formed COVID-19 Task Force to identify issues and concerns and establish supportive forums for music therapists.  Our national conference planners are offering regional conference planners their support, our COVID-19 Resources page on the AMTA website has blossomed and we are already working to consolidate information for ease of access. We are in uncharted waters; each day brings new information and challenges.  We hear you.  We stand together in this challenge and, as a group, we are stronger. Thanks for your time and be well. Take care of yourselves.

- The AMTA Board of Directors

Below, please find a list of curated resources and information that may be of help to you in the following areas. Links and information are shared below for your convenience and easy access. AMTA does not necessarily endorse or approve these products or services, but wishes to provide broad access to opportunities during this dramatic shift in practice and learning due to COVID-19. Check back often as this page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Please note that the list of resources below is not all inclusive, so we encourage members of our community to consult other sources like the United Way, YMCA, universities, and local faith-based communities.  Please continue to consult these resources and reach out in your local communities to ask questions and find more information about supports.

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COVID-19 Task Force & National Office Staff

On Tuesday, March 18, 2020, the AMTA Board of Directors approved the creation of a Covid-19 (C-19) Task Force to coordinate and support regions, members, music therapists, and students during the healthcare emergency presented by Covid-19. The C-19 Task Force is chaired by Lori Gooding, AMTA President Elect, and includes individuals with a background in trauma informed care, disaster response, healthcare administration, and music therapy private practice. We recognize that both the situation and local, state, and federal responses are continually developing, so we will post information via AMTA social media platforms as regularly as possible. We also recognize that much support is needed, and we want to assure you that we are responding as quickly and effectively as possible. If you have questions, please reach out to Lori Gooding at . Please copy Heather Wagner at on all correspondence. Thank you for your patience and perseverance during our new normal--we are moving as quickly as possible to serve you. Please continue to check AMTA social media platforms for additional updates. 

Need to speak directly with an AMTA staff person or representative?

During the pandemic, in addition to email or calling the AMTA central line and leaving a voice mail, you may also schedule a virtual office hour appointment.*

Staff Topic Areas Time How to Schedule Appointments
Jane Creagan Education, Clinical Training Mon/Wed/Fri, 10-noon ET

Barbara Else Research. Journals. COVID-19 Task Force Thursday, 2-4 pm ET

Judy Simpson State and Gov't Relations, Reimbursement varies, email to schedule

Rebecca Preddie Gov't Relations, Federal Policy, Gov't Support & Resources for Small Businesses Wednesday, 2-4 pm ET
Cindy Smith Membership, Installment Payments, Conference varies, email to schedule
Angie Elkins Membership, Website, COVID-19 Resource Page Updates varies, email to schedule
Jenny McAfee Communications, Public Education, Music Therapy Matters varies, email to schedule
Dianne Wawrzusin Regional Tax Reporting, Academic Program Fees varies, email to schedule
Tawna Grasty General, Publications, Job Hotline Posts, Music Therapy Referral Lists varies, email to schedule
Kimberly Bell General Questions and Information email only

*First come, first served basis during each time block.


Service Provider Resources

AMTA Resources
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
US Department of Education (School Settings)
Additional Resources


Telehealth Considerations and Resources

Information and Resources from AMTA

AMTA Statement on Telehealth and Music Therapy Practice [April 16, 2020]
Advisory from the AMTA COVID19 Task Force - Copyright and Licensing: Maintaining compliance in online/remote environments [June 9, 2020]
Virtual Music Therapy (VMT) in School Districts [May 20, 2020]

Model of Telehealth. AMTA COVID-19 Task Force members Seneca Block and David Knott present an overview for a model of Virtual Music Therapy (VMT) (video and accompanying document, plus presentation slide deck to download separately). [April 10, 2020]  

Be cognizant of HIPAA, FERPA, and other regulations and maintain compliance with these guidelines. Be aware that these guidelines may continue to change in terms of what is allowable as we transition to different stages of the pandemic. Keep in mind that during a pandemic there may be periods where stricter lockdown is reinstated, depending on the region. Additional guidance is provided by the U.S. Health & Human Services (2020). [new_red August 5, 2020]

Sample Consent Form Template

Telehealth online platforms are numerous. A few examples include: 

Many features and factors necessary to your business/practice such as cost, time limit, number of participants, ease of use, sound quality, lag time, HIPAA compliance, etc. should be considered. Some of these factors may be impacted more by users' equipment and internet speed. AMTA does not review nor endorse any of these services; however, networks of MT-BCs, including music therapy business owners are active in exploring various apps and services and many facilities suggest or require specific products.

Liability Insurance and Jurisdiction. Review your liability insurance coverage with your insurance provider if telehealth is a part of your practice. For example, the Health Provider's Service Organization (HPSO) notes "professional liability coverage, issued by HPSO, does not have a limitation as to how professional services are provided (in person or via technology)." However, you should be appropriately credentialed and in some states licensed to provide professional music therapy services. For persons covered under HPSO, their website includes updated information and FAQs regarding COVD19 and liability insurance. You must comply with state, federal and facility guidelines relative to scope of practice, practice setting, and both inter- and intra-state jurisdictional regulations.

Additional Telehealth Information and Resources

Federal and State Resources
COVID-19 Task Force and Member Resources
Other External and Music Industry Resources

Professional Claims and Reimbursement. Information on Place of Service Codes for professional claims and CPT Codes for telehealth may be found in Member Resources at Members>JobCenter>Reimbursement section of the AMTA website. Nonmembers may send an email to for a summary of telehealth codes.

Reimbursement Information can be found in Member Resources>Reimbursement

Financial and Business Owner Concerns

Governmental Response

Additional Financial Resources

Getting Cash for Your Small Business through the CARES Act from Forbes

Resources and Funds for Musicians shared by NCAPER (National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response)

AMTA Membership: Installments Payment Deadline Extended: click here for more information.

Music Therapy Business Owners Facebook Group Sharing ideas and resources for telehealth and work stoppages

Creative solutions and Motivation: Music Therapy Leaders Facebook group

A Mutual Aid form has been created by the Music Therapy community to support music therapy professionals and students affected by COVID-19.  If you need support or have resources to spare, please fill out the following form. To provide support, click here.

Cyber Security and Scam Warnings

COVID-19 themed scams have skyrocketed. Be wary of online requests for money, gift cards, personal information, to open an attachment, or respond to a healthcare alert, etc. NOTE: We have received reports of emails asking for money or gift cards which impersonate leaders of AMTA. Always be wary of any online requests.  For official AMTA activities, check the AMTA website for verification first, via this page, Latest News or official AMTA social media accounts. AMTA will not send requests for donations of any kind without announcing it officially first


Preparedness and Emergency Response


Infection Prevention and Control

AMTA Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
Other Government Resources
Resources for Cleaning Instruments

Education and CMTE or LCAT Credits

AMTA Resources for Teachers, Students, and Music Therapists:
CBMT Resources and Notices
Additional Resources


Music Therapy Faculty and Internship Directors

AMTA Resources
Resources for Additional Education and Clinical Training Hours

AMTA does not endorse products or services, but wishes to provide broad access to opportunities during this dramatic shift in practice and learning due to COVID-19.

  • Sound Birthing Music offers courses for music therapy Interns during COVID-19. Tor more information, inquire at [April 29, 2020]
    • Prenatal Music Bonding, May 3-June 13, 2020, Kate Comstock, MT-BC
    • Postpartum Music Therapy, May 3-June 13, 2020, Summer Lall, MT-BC
  • Ted Ficken, PhD, CPHQ, MT-BC/L offers potential guest speaker lectures for online classes. For more information, email [April 29, 2020]
  • See additional continuing education opportunities under "Education and CMTE or LCAT credits"
Distance Learning Considerations:
Resources from Oxford University Press:

E-books from Oxford University Press freely available through May 25 *Please note: Students must have/create an account using their institutional email address.:

Other OUP Digital Resources: Oxford’s Ancillary Resource Center, for all disciplines and courses: (drop-down “Disciplines” at the top of the page to browse the title list). You do not need to have adopted an OUP text to use these resources. To view the full range of solutions, resources, training programs, and helpful tips, please visit and bookmark OUP's COVID-19 resource page.

Google Universal CASA has been enabled across the Oxford Academic platform as of 12th March. This extends the implementation of Universal CASA across all OUP journals. CASA, or Campus Activated Subscriber Access, enables Google Scholar users from subscribing institutions like universities and libraries to access their subscription content even when they are not on campus. Universal CASA extends this capability beyond Google Scholar to ensure a seamless access journey is possible wherever a user starts their research journey.  Implementation has been accelerated to allow easy access during this time of international crisis. COUNTER-5 Statistics: Users accessing content via CASA are counted as part of that institution’s usage and will be included in COUNTER-5 statistics. User Experience: Users will need to initially access content on their device while on campus to enable CASA to work remotely. However, if a user signs into their university or library network and uses Google Scholar, then comes back another day, off-network, and tries to access OUP content, CASA will enable that access.

Resources from the American Psychological Association:

Self-Care Resources

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