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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020

AMTA 2020 Conference

All Day Event

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
777 Harrah's Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ , 08401

The American Music Therapy Association's 2020 Conference


Conference Dates

November 19—22, 2020 • Atlantic City, New Jersey

Opening Session begins November 19 at 7:00 pm
Closing Session ends November 22 at 2:00 pm
Association Meetings and Add-On Intensive Courses may be scheduled outside regular conference hours.


Proposals for Concurrent Sessions, Add-on Courses, and MTex Presentations are now being accepted online!

Click here to submit

Deadline for all Submissions: April 17, 2020

Below is a summary of questions you will be asked to answer in the above form.

  • Primary Presenter/Contact Person and Co-Presenter(s): (contact info, credentials, bio, photo)
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Type
  • Topic
  • Abstract
  • Audience/Content Level
  • Prerequisites
  • Learning Objectives: Identify at least 2, but no more than 4, clear, simple, and measurable learning outcomes participants will gain from this presentation. For each objective, identify the most relevant Board Certification Domain(s) using letter and number citation. Refer to the CBMT Board Certification Domain document that will be effective August 1, 2020 .
  • Full Description
  • Bibliography
  • Past Presentations
  • Is this presentation sponsored by an AMTA Committee or Board?
  • Do ALL PRESENTERS have the education, experience and/or training to prepare you to present on the content area(s) of your proposed presentation?
  • Are Release Forms Required?
  • Association Commitments/Possible Schedule Conflicts
  • Instrument Policy Acknowledgement
  • Audio Visual Policy Acknowledgement
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosures
  • Recording Release
  • Signed Contract

Answer for Add-On Intensive Course or Training outside of the regular conference schedule (NOT a concurrent session or MTex presentation) only:

  • Schedule
  • Total Clock Hours
  • CMTE Credits Offered
  • Ethics or LCAT Credits Offered
  • Curriculum Vitae for All Presenters

Conference Registration Rates - Sneak Preview

Take a look at the conference rates below to start planning today!

Early (Postmarked by 8/7/20)

  • Conference Registration - $670
  • AMTA Member Discounted Registration - $395
  • Full-time Student Registration Discounted Registration - $360
  • AMTA Student Member Discounted Registration - $260
  • One day Registration - $580

Regular (Postmarked by 10/16/20)

  • Conference Registration- $770
  • AMTA Member Discounted Registration - $495
  • Full-time Student Registration Discounted Registration - $360
  • AMTA Student Member Discounted Registration - $260
  • One day Registration - $580

Late (Postmarked after 10/16/20)

  • Conference Registration - $870
  • AMTA Member Discounted Registration - $595
  • Full-time Student Registration Discounted Registration - $395
  • AMTA Student Member Discounted Registration - $295
  • One day Registration - $580

Must be paid online or postmarked by date indicated—without exception—for discounted rates.


AMTA's 2019 Annual Conference

Thanks to all who helped to make the AMTA 2019 Conference a fantastic educational experience!  Click here for videos from the conference.


Conference Policies and Attendee Information

Conference Code of Conduct: The American Music Therapy Association expects that all AMTA annual conference attendees will promote a safe and ethical environment along with a culture of civility and kindness, treating all with dignity and respect. Harassment, bullying, or discrimination of any kind is not tolerated. Please use professional behavior with all – including friends, colleagues, volunteers, conference attendees, guests, hotel staff, and anyone you come into contact with, so that everyone can enjoy this conference to the fullest extent possible. Volunteers and staff work hard to ensure everyone has a positive conference experience.  Attendees at the AMTA conference should expect to hold to a professional code of conduct that is consistent with the AMTA Code of Ethics and represent the music therapy profession in a positive light.  Attendees should be prepared to adhere to directions and signs provided for safety concerns, respect open and closed special events or sessions, follow CBMT guidelines for earning CMTE credits, and participate as outlined in special events run by volunteers and staff, etc.  Remember that special guests, clients, students, and others not affiliated with the conference may be in the hotel and their perception of the music therapy profession is affected by the way music therapists present themselves.  AMTA reserves the right to remove anyone found not in compliance with the Code of Conduct.

Services for Persons with Disabilities: AMTA is committed to insuring full participation for conference attendees with disabilities, i.e., physical, visual, hearing, etc.  Every attempt is made for full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you should require special accommodations to participate in the conference, please indicate your needs by contacting the AMTA National Office at least one month prior to the conference.  If you require an accessible room, inform the hotel at the time that you make your reservations.  Every effort will be made to ensure satisfactory participation. Please bring your questions/concerns directly to conference planners so every attempt can be made to provide an appropriate accommodation.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Activities are planned in advance based on the number of registrants.  Full refunds cannot be made. Processing fees are non-refundable. Refunds for cancellations of any conference activities (including all additional courses) are available by written request only and must be mailed to the AMTA national office. 80% of fees will be refunded if the request is postmarked no later than 10/01/20, 50% if the request is postmarked 10/02/20–11/01/20. NO REFUNDS will be made after 11/01/20, so please plan ahead. Refunds processing begins within approximately 5 days after the conclusion of the conference. Usually this will occur in Nov./Dec./Jan.  You are responsible for providing a valid postal address where your check may be sent. Please present this check to your bank for payment as soon as possible in order to insure you are able to access the funds.  Note that most banks will not cash checks older than 90 days so you should plan to present your check for payment as soon as you receive it.  Checks uncashed after 120 days will be voided.

Additional/Add-On Courses for CMTE or CEU Credit: Additional courses for CMTE credit are offered at a low-cost rate in conjunction with conference registration. To enroll in an additional course, you must be registered for the conference on at least the day the course is scheduled. Please remember that you are required to follow all the CBMT, presenter, and proctor guidelines and instructions in order to obtain your Certificate of Attendance for CMTE or CEU credit.  In some cases, courses are offered for free to current AMTA  members and others.  While the registration for these indicated courses is free, there is a $20 processing fee required to ensure attendance and participation, as well as cover the cost of handling your registration.

Statement of Relationship to CBMT: This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Additional courses are approved by the CBMT for the specified number of CMTE credits.  AMTA (#P-051) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.  Some add-on courses may be approved by pre-approved providers who are presenting the course.  Complete session information, learning objectives, pre-requisites, qualifications and credentials of instructors, will be posted in the conference registration module under each session's description as soon as available.

LCAT CEU Hours: Approval for NY State LCAT CEU hours is pending for some sessions under provider #CAT-0055.

What to Wear: Temperatures in hotel meeting rooms often fluctuate dramatically from hot to cold. We suggest you dress in layers so that you can adjust your apparel for different room temperatures. Dress for the conference is business casual.

Seating: There will be adequate space for each conference attendee to attend a session at each time block. However, seating is limited in individual rooms.  Please arrive early for sessions if you wish to guarantee a seat. Be courteous to other attendees when entering or leaving a session. We cannot assure participation in specific, individual concurrent sessions.

A Word about Children: Conference sessions and evening events are designed for a professional audience. Children may not find these events and activities interesting.  Please plan to be considerate of other attendees. If you need childcare, the hotel concierge can give you information about a licensed childcare agency in the area. AMTA has not reviewed the quality of these services and accepts no responsibility. You are responsible for payment involved.

Smoking Policy: Smoking of any kind is not allowed in the sessions, meeting rooms, or the Exhibit Hall.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020. American Music Therapy Association® and its logo are registered trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Reference herein to any specific commercial firm, commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by AMTA.

Information subject to change. 

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