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

AMTA 2020 Conference

All Day Event


The American Music Therapy Association's 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 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.


Conference Dates

Virtual Conference Dates to be determined.



Proposals for Concurrent Sessions, Add-on Courses, and MTex Presentations

The deadline for proposal submissions was extended to April 28, 2020 and the forum is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted!


Research Poster Session Submissions

Call for Research Poster Session Submissions
2020 AMTA National Conference
Virtual Format
November 2020

Individuals are encouraged to submit works in progress and/or completed works for a Research Poster Session. Diverse methodologies are encouraged.

Submission deadline is June 10, 2020 by 5 pm CST.
Online Submissions
(if link does not work when you click, cut and paste into your browser)

Format Options

Authors must submit information as “Oral Presentation only”, “Poster Only”, or “Oral or Poster” by indicating preference during the submission process. Researchers are encouraged to submit using the “Oral or Poster” option as only four Oral presentations are accepted. Information submitted using this option will be considered and selected for either option by the Research Committee.

Oral Presentations

From those asking for consideration for an Oral presentation, four will be selected by the review committee. These four oral presentations provide researchers the opportunity to present original work related to music therapy. Presenters will have 15-minutes to present and 5 minutes to answer questions from attendees (format for questions to be determined). Oral Presentations will be scheduled during a Concurrent Session time to be determined as part of the 2020 Virtual Conference.

Research Poster Presentations

The Research Poster Session provides an interactive forum for researchers to discuss their work with conference attendees. The Research Poster Session will be held in a virtual format with specific details to be sent to presenters pending AMTAs finalization of the selected virtual platform. Presenters posters will be organized by topic as related to MTR 2025 goals.

Student Awards

Music therapy students are eligible for best poster awards. Abstracts will be published in Music Therapy Perspectives. Students must indicate that they wish to be considered for one of these awards.

One undergraduate and one graduate submission may be chosen.

In order to be considered for this award, indicate in the submission online process if the first author is a music therapy student and what level (undergraduate, masters/masters equivalency, doctoral) and if you wish to be considered (or NOT considered) for this award. Please note the faculty mentor name and contact information.

Please note: If your submission is chosen for the Student Research Award, you will receive recognition at the national conference, acknowledgement in Music Therapy Perspectives (MTP), and participate in a podcast hosted by Dr. Noah Potvin. As part of the acknowledgement in MTP you will be asked to write a short paragraph describing your research project for readers.

Submission Process

The following bullets will correspond to questions on the online submission process and we ask that you plan accordingly for submission and review by the AMTA Research Committee.

Please be aware that text boxes for study components each have a 1500-character limit for consistency across submissions and for effective review by the research reviewers.

  • Introduction, objective, phenomenon under investigation, hypotheses or research questions
  • Description of rigorous and relevant research methods (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, systematic reviews, theoretical frameworks, philosophical papers)
  • Description of research participants if applicable and data gathering methods
  • If the study is completed:
    • Description of the data analysis and results
    • Summary of findings supported by presented data
    • presented
  • If the study is in progress:
    • Description of intended data analysis
  • Statement of how the research advances music therapy clinical practice.

Note: if research involves Human Subjects, documentation for approval or exemption is to be uploaded during the submission process.

Each submission must include complete information for judging research quality.

The deadline for submissions is JUNE 10, 2020. If, after 14 days after submission you have not received a confirmation of your submission being received contact Cindy Colwell by email at

After a blind review by the committee, each corresponding author will be notified via email by July 31 of acceptance or rejection of the submission.

Conference Registration Rates

Virtual Conference registration rates to be determined.




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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