Membership Support Options

If you or someone you know wishes to become a member of AMTA but finds it financially difficult, there are options for membership dues to be paid out over time, discounted membership categories, and scholarships for membership to explore.

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Discounted AMTA Membership Categories

Retired Membership

Retired membership is open to professional members of AMTA and professional music therapists who have reached the age of 65 and are legally retired. Rights and privileges will be the same as those for Professional membership.

Inactive Membership

AMTA offers Inactive music therapist membership is open to professional music therapists who are not currently practicing music therapy. Music therapists seeking inactive membership must complete an application available from the National Office. Inactive membership will provide the privileges of participation in the activities of the Association and the right to receive selected publications of the Association, but does not include the right to vote or to hold office. Inactive members do not receive the music therapy journals in print copy, but can access the online subscription to these journals through the AMTA website.  To be eligible for Inactive membership, one must: have held active Professional Membership status in AMTA for at least two consecutive years prior to application for inactive status; intend to return to active membership status; not be involved in any professional activity or not working full-time currently due to illness, emergency, childbirth and child rearing, family obligations, etc.; submit an application for inactive status with a check for $50.00 to the AMTA national office.

Inactive membership applications can be downloaded here, but must be filled out and mailed to the AMTA office with your $50 check or payment. It is not possible to join or renew as an Inactive member online.

Student/Graduate Student Membership

The Student and Graduate Student membership category is open to students who are declared music therapy majors enrolled in AMTA-approved schools, or other interested full time students. Student membership will provide the privilege of participation in the activities of the Association, both on the national and regional levels, and the right to receive the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and other selected national and regional publications of the Association. Student membership does not include the right to vote or to hold office at the national level. Such rights at the regional level will be as specified by the regional Bylaws.

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