Benefits of Membership in AMTA

New Member Benefits from AMTA:
CMTE Credit Opportunities Included with Membership


Currently you can earn over 50 pre-approved hours of CMTE credits by the end of the 2021 calendar year for free when you join AMTA.  As new journal issues are published, more Research Review Series e-courses are planned, so keep checking back and if you aren't yet a member, join AMTA/renew your membership today to take advantage of this great new member benefit. Go to Member Resources>Continuing Music Therapy Education to access these CMTE credits included with your membership.


Why Should I Join AMTA?

In any great composition, each note counts. Each of us makes up this amazing family and each is important and needed. You contribute your own special music and the music therapy profession needs your contribution. It takes variety to make rich music. When you join AMTA, the work we do together creates supports the music therapy profession. Thank your friends and colleagues for each amazing note of the composition they add… each one of us improves and enhances the music therapy family and benefits our clients. See below for a long list of benefits that help you & your music therapy practice.

Membership in AMTA – Because Each Note Counts!

Membership in AMTA: A Value Proposition


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) and the What Does AMTA Do for Me? (below) to share with supervisors, administrators, friends, or colleagues at your convenience. Let them know why AMTA Membership is important to your success as a music therapist! 

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.

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What Does AMTA Do for Me?

AMTA Supports you in every stage of your career: Student, Intern, New and Seasoned Professional

Be a part of the AMTA family and receive these, and many more, benefits of membership for less than 70 cents a day.   
  • Ensures I receive a quality education & approves my music therapy degree program
  • Approves & connects me with internship sites & qualified supervision
  • Educates the public & advocates for the music therapy profession
  • Creates jobs & connects me with job resources & referrals for services
  • Nurtures a large community with leadership & service opportunities
  • Provides me with resources & knowledge for use in my practice of music therapy
  • Makes the latest music therapy research available to me & to decision-makers & hirers
  • Provides knowledge & education I need to stay on the cutting edge
  • Saves money with discounts on supplies, resources, continuing education & conferences
  • Preserves, protects & expands the music therapy profession
  • Works for widespread representation & recognition of music therapy & its benefits

What Will I Do for AMTA?

Support Music Therapy, Join AMTA Today!

Download and use Making the Most of Your AMTA Membership, a PowerPoint presentation from the AMTA Membership Committee to share the benefits of membership in AMTA with colleagues or to help justify to your employer why helping to pay your membership dues makes you a better music therapist. 

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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:

  • Journal of Music Therapy (quarterly journal)
  • Music Therapy Perspectives (bi-annual journal)
  • 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
  • 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 podcasts
  • Royalty free music to download and use in your music therapy practice
  • 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
  • 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 
  • The largest gathering of music therapists each year at the AMTA annual conference
  • Regional conferences
  • Continuing education courses, institutes, and special trainings
  • 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

Organizational Patron & Affiliate Membership in AMTA

Becoming a member not only helps support AMTA’s mission, to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and to increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world, but also shows your commitment to the music therapy profession and benefits your organization. 

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