Membership Support Programs from AMTA Regions

Regional Assistance for Your AMTA Membership

Many regions and states offer scholarships for assistance in paying your AMTA dues. See below for a brief description of these membership assistance programs and contacts for more information. You may also contact your local state organization to inquire about state programs that may not have been reported here.

New England Region (NER)

  • Name: Pay It Forward Membership Assistance program
  • Amount: $6500 budgeted in 2019; awards vary for individuals
  • Eligibility: Open to any MT-BC in New England Region
  • Details: NER-AMTA is thrilled to continue supporting its members through the Pay It Forward Scholarship! As part of the Pay it Forward campaign, NER-AMTA asks applicants to commit to a non-financial contribution to the region in exchange for partial coverage of AMTA membership dues. In this way, awardees will pay their membership assistance forward to support the profession and music therapy in the New England Region. The application deadline is closed for 2019. A new link for applications will be provided as the end of 2019 approaches for 2020 registration.
  • Contact:

Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR)

Midwestern Region (MWR)

  • Details: The MWR awards a minimum of two membership scholarships and two regional conference scholarships annually. Information about these scholarships and the application process is emailed to all MWR members prior to the submission date. All submitted applications undergo a blind review.

Great Lakes Region (GLR)

  • Name: Membership Support Fund
  • Eligibility: GLR-AMTA members are eligible to receive this scholarship once every three years.
  • Details: This fund is intended to assist members in the region who may be experiencing temporary financial struggles by paying for AMTA membership dues or continuing education opportunities.
  • Link for Details/Application:
Other Assistance Available in the Great Lakes Region

Special Projects is a mechanism established by the Great Lakes Region to support clinical projects, research projects, or committee-related projects by members. Funding is available in two categories: the MUSE Fund (MUsical instruments and supporting materials, clinical Services, Education) and the Research Fund. Each fund has a specific purpose, protocol, and eligibility requirements. Click HERE to learn more.

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM)

Southeastern Region (SER)

  • Name: SER-AMTA Membership Assistance Program
  • Amount: Up to $250 (or professional membership rate)
  • Eligibility: The music therapist must hold a music therapy credential (MT-BC), live in the Southeastern Region, have been a professional or student member of AMTA for at least one year prior to application, and have financial constraints that limit the individual’s ability to join AMTA. Financial constraints maybe include, but not be limited to, sudden personal or spousal job loss, a drastic reduction in contracts, inability to find adequate employment in the field, inability to work due to catastrophic illness/injury, or catastrophic outlay due to personal/family illness or injury.
  • Details: Provides AMTA Membership dues payment reimbursement for SER members/music therapists living in the Southeastern Region experiencing job loss, a drastic reduction in income, or other financial hardship. The application process will be confidential with only the President and Treasurer having knowledge of the identity and circumstances of the recipient(s). The assistance amount may be full or partial payment of dues, depending on the number of applicants and the stated need.
  • Link for Details/Application:
  • Contact:
Other Assistance Available in the Southeastern Region
  • Name: International Project Support Grant
  • Amount: up to $500
  • Eligibility: Professional Member of SER-AMTA; Must maintain credentials; Project must support the mission of AMTA
  • Details: Provides funding for professional music therapists who are engaged in international research, service, or scholarly music therapy activities. Funding may be used for travel expenses, registration, and music therapy materials/supplies. Individuals who are awarded a grant must agree to provide a presentation on their project and publish a project summary in the Quodlibet (regional newsletter).
  • Link for Details/Application:
  • Contact: SER International Relations Committee Representative (email address available by following the above link)


  • Name: Free Conference Registration Raffle
  • Amount: $100 (or professional early bird regional conference rate); $70 (or student early bird regional conference rate)
  • Eligibility: Must register early for the conference and be a member of AMTA
  • Link for Details/Application: N/A
  • Contact: N/A


  • Name: Intern Scholarship
  • Amount: $599 (one for traditional intern and one for equivalency intern)
  • Eligibility: 1. student MEMBER of SER-AMTA; 2. student in or from an AMTA-approved academic program within the Southeastern Region; and 3. a) already accepted to intern, or b) currently interning, or c) in the internship application process (verified by the university).
  • Link for Details/Application:
  • Contact: SER-AMTA Intern Scholarship Committee Chair (email address available by following the above link)

Southwestern Region (SWR)

Please contact the Regional President to inquire about any ongoing membership support programs.

Western Region (WR)

Please contact the Regional President to inquire about any ongoing membership support programs.

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