Benefits of Membership in AMTA

Research Funding and Dissemination

Research Funding and Dissemination

MTR2025, AMTA Professional Journals, Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award, and more.

 
Savings

Savings

Member-only discounts on over 50 AMTA products and publication for use in your education or music therapy practice.

 
Help Addressing Misrepresentation of  Music Therapy

Help Addressing Misrepresentation of Music Therapy

Watch videos and learn strategies from the AMTA Professional Advocacy Committee in the Member Toolkit

 
State Advocacy

State Advocacy

State recognition achieved in 10 states, over 30 active state task forces seeking recognition.

 
Foundational Documents of the Music Therapy Profession

Foundational Documents of the Music Therapy Profession

Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Guidelines for Education & Clinical Training, and more... all validate the profession, support you in your employment, & help create new music therapy programs and positions.

 
National Advocacy

National Advocacy

Music therapy signs on to scores of federal advocacy efforts each year and joins related organizations to support state and federal legislation consistent with AMTA's mission. This also brings music therapy awareness and recognition to legislators across

 
Strategic Priorities for Specific Populations

Strategic Priorities for Specific Populations

Resources and education for working with ASD, Fact Sheets, Resources for Parents & Caregivers, References & Bibliographies, and more.

 
Discounts on Books from Oxford University Press

Discounts on Books from Oxford University Press

Check the Member Toolkit to find out how to get 25% off certain titles in the OUP store.

 
Leadership Support

Leadership Support

AMTA's national office supports & assists leaders at the regional & state levels with all kinds of tasks & issues: regions included under AMTA's tax exempt umbrella; support with local questions and contracts; training & education of leaders of tomorrow.

 
Regional Conferences

Regional Conferences

AMTA regions are preparing for Spring regional conferences now. Don't miss these great opportunities for networking and continuing education!

 
Discounts

Discounts

Special, member-only, "Pop-up" sales on publications and products.

 
National Leadership

National Leadership

The Board of Directors meets often to ensure we continually work to achieve AMTA's mission: to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.

 
Networking

Networking

Regional membership included with national membership, an online directory, conferences, and more... opportunities abound to stay in touch with other music therapists in your area.

 
Podcasts to Grow  Your Knowledge

Podcasts to Grow Your Knowledge

The AMTA-pro Podcast series features music therapy colleagues, students, interns, and more... on diverse subjects and perspectives relevant to music therapy practice.

 
Building the Workforce  of the Future

Building the Workforce of the Future

AMTA's national office handles 40-50 calls per month, counseling prospective music therapy majors and others interested in pursuing music therapy as a career.

 
Referrals

Referrals

Approximately 100+ referrals per month are provided to consumers seeking music therapy services for potential contracts or jobs - as a member music therapist, your name can appear on these lists.

 
Music Therapy Advocacy

Music Therapy Advocacy

Work done by AMTA staff, Boards, Assembly, Committees, & countless volunteers across the country every day affects everything from individual salaries to consumer recognition. Your membership supports that work to make music therapy a vital profession.

 
Education

Education

With 80+ AMTA-approved university programs and 190+ approved National Roster Internship Sites, a music therapy education is more accessible than ever before.

 
Information

Information

Get the latest issues of "Music Therapy Matters Monthly" in your email in box or log in on the AMTA website to find past issues in the Member Toolkit.

 
Public Education Resources

Public Education Resources

Population-specific fact sheets and research bibliographies to download and print out help you share the efficacy of music therapy with others.

 
Capitol Hill Presence

Capitol Hill Presence

Government relations activities are always ongoing: monitoring of legislation and regulations related to health and education that affect music therapists.

 
Discounts on First 3 Years of Professional Membership

Discounts on First 3 Years of Professional Membership

Fill out a Welcome to the Profession Packet request form under About Music Therapy>Membership in AMTA>Welcome to the Profession Intern Packets and use the valuable coupons you get.

 
AMTA Tech-Stop

AMTA Tech-Stop

Tutorials and tips for using technology from the AMTA Technology Committee.

 
Scholarships

Scholarships

Over $25,000 in scholarships and grants are awarded each year.

 
Online Access to Research

Online Access to Research

New issues of Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, plus archival access to all previous years of music therapy journals.

 
AMTA Job Hotline

AMTA Job Hotline

Browse dozens of available music therapy jobs across the country. New positions are free to advertise and added weekly.

 
Resources for Finding a Job or Improving Your Employment

Resources for Finding a Job or Improving Your Employment

Check out the Job Center for tips on writing a resume, interviewing, networking, reimbursement help, and more!

 
Workforce Analysis

Workforce Analysis

See a survey of music therapists detailing salary ranges, populations, settings, background data, and trends to help you establish music therapy positions, programs, and fees for services.

 
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to the profession, help fund conference attendance, gain leadership experience, and network with other music therapists.

 
Full Time Government Relations Staff

Full Time Government Relations Staff

Working toward state and federal recognition, national partnerships, and answering your questions.

 
Guidance for Music  Listening Programs

Guidance for Music Listening Programs

Response to "Alive Inside," "Music and Memory," and other music listening programs.

 
Conferences

Conferences

Learn, grow, and recharge your music therapy batteries at a conference. Current members enjoy heavily-discounted registration rates.

 
Advocacy Help

Advocacy Help

Get questions answered and download a PowerPoint presentation in the Member Toolkit to get you started with a presentation or inservice about music therapy.

 
Immediate Access

Immediate Access

Thinking about joining or renewing AMTA membership later in the year and worried you missed some emailed newsletters or posted member benefits? Not to worry, you can get all the year's member benefits online when you join.

 
Federal Policy

Federal Policy

Monitoring of White House and Government policies for issues that affect music therapy. Communication of AMTA priorities to federal officials.

 
CMTE Credits

CMTE Credits

Online e-courses for CMTE credits and member-discounted prices. Over 30% discount for current AMTA members and even free e-course opportunities.

 
How to Become a  Music Therapist

How to Become a Music Therapist

Learn how to get your music therapy degree under Education & Careers>A Career in Music Therapy. Approval of university music therapy degree programs and an online directory to help you connect with the schools of your choice.

 
Member Toolkit

Member Toolkit

Member only access to scores of resources and download for use in music therapy practice.

 
Music for Gait Training

Music for Gait Training

Royality-free music to download and use in your music therapy practice from composer, Chuck Wild in the Member Toolkit.

 
Community

Community

The largest gathering of music therapists in the United States each year at the AMTA Annual Conference. Members receive significant discounts on conference registration and add-on courses for CMTE credit.

 
On-line Member Directory

On-line Member Directory

For consumers seeking music therapy services and for music therapists or music therapy students to connect with others in your area, population, or setting.

 
Internships

Internships

Approval of National Roster Internship Sites and an online directory to help you connect with the internship sites of your choice.

 
Access to National Experts  in Music Therapy

Access to National Experts in Music Therapy

Check the online directory, contact the AMTA national office, or attend a conference to hear and learn more from movers and shakers in practice, research, and more!

 
Insurance Options

Insurance Options

Professional liability, health, dental, life, accident, long term care and disability, and Medicare supplement can be purchased through AMTA's relationship with HPSO.

 
Private Practice Tools

Private Practice Tools

E-courses, products in the AMTA Bookstore, and resources in the Member Toolkit to help you build and grow your private practice.

 
Copyright Compliance

Copyright Compliance

Check the Member Toolkit or contact the AMTA national office for help with copyright concerns, issues, and questions.

 
Program Support

Program Support

Guidance and materials for employers offering music therapy services or looking to add a music therapy program to their facility and hire a music therapist.

 
CMTE Credits Included with Membership

CMTE Credits Included with Membership

Free e-courses for CMTE credit each year with membership. CMTE credits for volunteering time on a committee or board.

 
Public Education Materials

Public Education Materials

Discounted public education materials and resources to purchase in the AMTA bookstore that help you advertise music therapy services.

 
Liaison to Related Organizations

Liaison to Related Organizations

AMTA partners with numerous professional organizations for recognition and promotion of music therapy.

 
Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Continuing education course announcements, add-on courses at conference, institutes, special trainings, e-courses, research, many available at low-cost or for free to members.

 
Website

Website

At www.musictherapy.org, one can learn what music therapy is, watch videos, see announcements, find out how to become a music therapist, find a music therapist to treat a loved one, attend a conference, and so much more!

 
50+ CMTE Credits in the Research Review Series

50+ CMTE Credits

While you are a member, you have access to the Research Review Series of AMTA E-courses, based on recent research in music therapy.

 
 
 
 
 

E-course_Research_Review_SeriesNew Member Benefits from AMTA: CMTE Credit Opportunities Included with Membership

Over 50 pre-approved hours of CMTE credits for free as a member of AMTA. Go to Member Resources>Continuing Music Therapy Education to access these courses based on music therapy research.

 

 

Membership in AMTA: A Value Proposition

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Every profession needs a strong and vibrant association backing up its professionals.  AMTA supports music therapists and music therapy clients with...
  • Advocacy: AMTA is a strong national voice seeking recognition and support for music therapists and music therapy clients.
  • Resources: AMTA provides resources, tools, and educational materials to improve and promote your practice.
  • Knowledge: AMTA saves you money on conferences, books, free and low-cost CMTE credits, and trains high quality music therapy professionals.
  • Services: AMTA provides referrals, job hotline, documents, tips, tutorials, and data to help you grow your business or improve your employment.
  • Research: AMTA publishes a robust body of research and promotes the efficacy of music therapy for consumers and decision-makers.
  • Support: AMTA nurtures a large music therapy community to preserve, protect, and expand the music therapy profession.
  • Publications: AMTA publishes journals, newsletters, podcasts, books, and news alerts to increase the body of music therapy education and inform you.
  • Community: As a member, you can meet and work with others, join a region, attend a conference, be part of a large professional network, and so much more!

Join AMTA Today!

 
Download and print out the Membership Value Proposition (above), What Does AMTA Do for Me?, and Making the Most of Your AMTA Membership, a PowerPoint presentation from the AMTA Membership Committee, to share with supervisors, administrators, friends, or colleagues, or to help justify to your employer why helping to pay your membership dues makes you a better music therapist. Let them know why AMTA Membership is important to your success!

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How to Join AMTA

  • Go to the Online store,
  • Login with your email address and password
  • Under "Shop for" choose "Membership" and click the "Go" button.
  • Choose the appropriate membership type and add it to your shopping cart
  • Click "check out" and follow the instructions you'll see.
If you want to mail in a payment:
If you have questions or want to pay by phone:
  • Call the AMTA national office at 301-589-3300 and staff will be happy to help you!
AMTA membership follows the calendar year. January 1 through December 31. But you can join at any time during the year and not miss any of your member benefits. If you join later in the year, your membership is still for the calendar year. All your member benefits for that year will be available online in the Member Resources section or the Member Toolkit.  AMTA membership includes a discount for the AMTA annual conference during the year in which you are a member. 
 
Note: If you join online after October 31, your membership year will be automatically defaulted to the following year.  You can still join for this year if you like by calling the AMTA office.  We can take your payment over the phone and apply your membership to the current year if you prefer.

AMTA Member Benefits

AMTA Expands the Scope of Music Therapy

AMTA Members enjoy a wealth of benefits as a part of their membership, but perhaps the most important benefit of membership in AMTA is  supporting an organization that provides a national voice for music therapy. AMTA reminds the public about the importance of the work you do. Your membership ensures that publications, public education, research, technical assistance and training necessary to increase awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services continue.

In addition, members also enjoy:

Publications
  • Journal of Music Therapy (quarterly journal; online access by default - you may opt-in to receive print issues if you prefer)
  • Music Therapy Perspectives (bi-annual journal; online access by default - you may opt-in to receive print issues if you prefer)
  • Music Therapy Matters (monthly online newsletter emailed right to your inbox)
  • Music Therapy Enews (monthly/periodic e-newsletter)
  • AMTA literature (fact sheets, research bibliographies, standards of practice, and mailings of professional interest)
  • Archived issues of newsletters, workforce studies, annual reports, and journals (including Music Therapy and imagine)
  • Public education materials
  • Journal article reprints and research compilations
  • Members-only publications
Resources
  • AMTA's job center which contains job listings and help in finding a job or improving your employment
  • Help in advocating for music therapy in your facility or local area and a downloadable PowerPoint presentation to get you started with presentations and inservices in the Member Toolkit.
  • Resources and information about Music therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Guidance for music listening programs - response to "Alive Inside" and Music and Memory programs
  • Music Therapy with Specific Population fact sheets and population-specific research
  • AMTA TechStop: tutorials and tips from the AMTA technology committee
  • Workforce studies: yearly salary surveys and surveys of the AMTA membership and music therapy community
  • AMTA e-courses: Affordable, convenient, online continuing music therapy education at discounted prices
  • Access to AMTA's Member Toolkit with scores of resources and downloads for use in music therapy practice
  • On-line continuing education through AMTA.pro podcasts
  • Royalty free music to download and use in your music therapy practice
Services
  • Referrals: approximately 100 music therapy referral lists per month provided to consumers seeking music therapy services - member music therapists appear on these lists
  • Approval of music therapy degree programs and internship sites
  • Mentorship
  • Access to national experts in music therapy
  • Insurance, including professional liability, health, dental, life, accident, long term care and disability, and Medicare supplement can be purchased through Healthcare Providers Service Organizations (HPSO)
  • Reimbursement information and support
  • Standards of Clinical Practice applications
  • Private practice education and support
  • Sample contracting and sub-contracting agreements
  • Assistance with employment issues
  • Grant funding resources and grant writing support
  • Support with copyright issues
  • Responding to misrepresentation of music therapy
  • Supportive documentation and research for consumers
  • Guidance and materials for employers offering music therapy services
  • Presentation guidance and materials
Scholarships and Grants
  • Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award
  • Sean McGrath Intern Scholarship
  • F. Tyson Grant to Study Music Psychotherapy
  • E. Thayer Gaston Writing Competition
  • E. E. Dick Scholarship for Music Therapy Interns
  • Brian and Cathy Smith Memorial Fund
  • AMTA Conference Scholar
  • A. E. Kyllo Professional Scholarship
  • AMTA Clinician-Based Grant Program
Discounts
  • Up to $150 off your first year membership and professional expenses by submitting a Welcome to the Profession Packet request form: discounted membership, conference AND product
  • AMTA E-courses, over 30% discount for these online continuing education opportunities (over 60% discount for student members)
  • Special member-only "pop-up" sales on publications and products
  • Discounts on over fifty AMTA products and publications
  • Free continuing education courses
  • Free institutes
  • Discounted public education materials and resources
  • Discounted registration fees for AMTA national conference, regional conferences, and continuing education opportunities in the year in which you are a member
Nationwide Advocacy
  • The advocacy work done by AMTA staff, Board of Directors, Assembly of Delegates, Committees, Boards, and countless volunteers across the country every day affects everything, from individual salaries to federal, state, local, as well as public recognition of the benefits of music therapy. Your membership in AMTA supports that daily advocacy to make music therapy a stronger and more vital profession for you in which to work in a very real way. 
  • Capitol Hill presence - government relations activities including monitoring of legislation and regulations related to health and education
  • State recognition operational plan - guidance provided to state task forces in relation to local legislation and regulations
  • Promotion of recognition and reimbursement of music therapy services by third party payers
  • National liaison with related professional organizations for recognition and promotion of music therapy
  • Full time government relations staff members to answer questions
  • Communication with federal and state agencies for recognition of music therapy
  • Education, advocacy training, and marketing tools for music therapists
  • Legislative and regulatory research, letter writing and draft legislative and/or regulatory language and creation of situation specific PR materials
  • Free public relations and marketing resources for state advocacy efforts
  • Input into standard development with Joint Commission and CARF
  • Monitoring of White House and Government policies and communication of AMTA priorities to federal officials
  • Communicate successful coding and documentation procedures with third party payers 
Meetings
  • The largest gathering of music therapists each year at the AMTA annual conference
  • Regional conferences
  • Continuing education courses, institutes, and special trainings
Networking
  • With free regional membership, opportunities abound to stay in touch with other music therapists in your area. Members enjoy:
    • regional newsletters
    • regional conference discounts in the year in which you are a member
    • online member directory
    • regional and state task forces
    • yearly meetings at the regional and national level
    • and a large, professional network
Leadership and Service Opportunities
  • Members of AMTA make a difference in their profession by: 
    • holding office*
    • serving on committees*
    • serving on task forces*
    • volunteering at conferences*
    • speaking to media representatives
    • voting in general elections* (Professional, Retired, & Honorary Life members only; must have completed all installment payment by June 30 of the year in which the election is held to be eligible to vote)

*subject to requirements of individual office or appointment

 


Benefits of Organizational (Patron & Affiliate) Membership in AMTA