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DEI update

Dear NER-AMTA,

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is excited to have become a standing committee for the New England Region. We are committed to continue working towards an inclusive environment for the NER-AMTA community that raises the voices of marginalized groups. As a standing committee, our goal is to identify, address, and implement necessary steps to uncover and dismantle the systems that reinforce oppression. This decision to become a standing committee will allow for continued dialogue and space for the NER-AMTA community to engage in this work.

As a committee, our first task will be to gather baseline data from our cultural climate survey to gain a better understanding of the cultural diversity of the region. From this data, we aim to investigate experiences and perceptions of cultural issues in our region to identify how we will most effectively foster anti-oppression, safety, and inclusion within our region.

Lastly, we invite members of NER-AMTA who are interested in collaborating on DEI to discuss how they would like to be involved in creating positive change for our region. We believe this work is central to the values of NER-AMTA, and is an important step in uniting our membership and community.

Thank you for your consideration,

Jocelyn Khoo

Mark Fuller

Shannon Kiley

NER-AMTA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

NER-AMTA bylaws

Dear NER Music Therapists:

The purpose of this communication is to inform members of the New England Region of AMTA of two proposed changes to the NER-AMTA bylaws. http://www.musictherapynewengland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Bylaws-NER-AMTA-Updated-4.21.2018-with-table-of-contents.pdf

We will be voting on these changes during the NER Business Meeting being held Saturday, June 6 (10-11:30 am) on Zoom. 

Please find and review the proposed NER-AMTA bylaws changes below:

 

Proposed Change #1:

Reason: To streamline and clarify the process of nominating candidates for elected office.

 

Current text:

 

ARTICLE VIII. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.

 

Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Additional nominations may be accepted from the floor at least 24 hours before the vote is held.

 

Proposed new text:

 

ARTICLE VIII. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.

 

Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Nominations from the membership shall be received by the nominating committee no later than 72 hours before the annual meeting.

 

Proposed change #2:

Reason: To match AMTA’s fiscal period, which is changing to the calendar year starting January 1, 2021.

 

Current text:

 

Article XIV. THE FISCAL YEAR

Section 1. The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.

 

Proposed new text: 

ARTICLE XIV. THE FISCAL YEAR

Section 1. The fiscal year will match the AMTA fiscal year.

 

Best,

 

Brian

 

Brian Jantz MA, MT-BC

President-Elect, NER-AMTA

AMTA Business Meeting

May 2, 2020 

Hello, NER! 

It’s time for our annual NER annual business meeting. It will take place via Zoom on Saturday 6/6 from 10-11:30am. 

Stay tuned for details about the meeting code and password. 

Best, Adrienne 

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA 

Get involved!

Hello, NER music therapists!

 

Are you interested in volunteering to help fellow music therapists and the organization? Here are two ways to get involved. Please email me at president@neramta.org if you are interested in these position

 

The Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup provides support to music therapists for incorporating, consulting for and educating about music listening programming for all populations. Information and resources for the workgroup are made available to music therapists through AMTA non-members and members area website pages, online CMTE course, concurrent and CMTE presentations at state, regional and national music therapy conferences. This position is great for you if you are available for periodic conference calls and are especially interested in dementia care. 

 

AMTA is seeking 5-6 members from each region to serve as scholarship reviewers for 2020. There are eight scholarship categories for which AMTA will need reviewersduring 2020. Reviewers are provided with applications and rubric sheets to assist with the review of required documents, and typically have 7-14 days to review applications and return results to the Scholarship Chair. If you are interested and available to review at least three AMTA scholarships during the 2020 calendar year, please email me no later than February 20, 2020. 

 

Best,

Adrienne Flight

 

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

 

 

 

National Business Meetings! Join Us!

Hello, NER music therapists,

This is a friendly reminder that the NER regional meeting will take place on Saturday 11/23 from 9:30-11am. We hope to see you there. Please view the previous meeting minutes on NER’s website so that you are up to date when a vote is taken.

To ensure that we can fill NER’s seats on the Assembly of Delegates during this national conference, the Board put three extra Assembly Alternates in place and will call them if needed. They are Kayla Daly, Jean Nemeth, and Brian Jantz.

Last, the AMTA business meeting is scheduled for Friday 11/22 from 10:30am-12pm. Please attend to hear more about what is happening at a national level.

Happy conference!

Best,
Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA

Business Meeting Minutes 3/2019

DRAFT MINUTES March 29 2019 Business Breakfast

Open board positions

Are you a professional music therapist in New England who is interested in volunteering on the NER-AMTA board? If so, please contact NER President Adrienne Flight at president@neramta.org with questions and to explore opportunities.

 

Here are the current positions that we are looking to fill:

 

NER representative to AMTA’s Clinical Practice Networking Committee: Provide coordination for networking and mentoring opportunities for practitioners working in a range of settings and with different populations, and foster communication between committees and with professionals in related fields. The candidate must be a professional AMTA member with two years of experiences, and would plan to attend all AMTA conferences, as this is where meetings take place. 

 

NER Pay It Forward Committee Member: Work with the region’s membership representative to organize, advertise, and carry out the Pay It Forward annual campaign. The goal is to help NER members with the cost of professional AMTA membership. This position does not require attendance at AMTA national conferences, but does require attendance at NER regional conferences.

 

NER Financial Committee Member: Fundraising to allow NER to continue providing its Membership Support Program. This position is ideal for you if you are confident interfacing with vendors, restaurants, a creative thinker, and are comfortable tracking fundraised dollars and reporting back to NER’s treasurer.

 

NER Representative to the Music Therapy Informed Music Listening Workgroup: Workgroup provides support to music therapists for incorporating, consulting for, and educating about music listening programming for all populations. Representative will share information about music listening resources through AMTA web pages, an online CMTE course, and presentations at conferences. Attendance at national AMTA conferences is notrequired but is preferred.

 

Best,

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

president@neramta.org

 

Ner board nominations

Hello, New England Region Music Therapists:

The nominating committee is excited to share that 2019 is an election year for the NER Executive Board. We are currently accepting self-nominations for all voting Executive Board positions which include:

• President-Elect: 6 year commitment

• Vice President-Elect: 4 year commitment

• Treasurer: 2 year commitment

• Secretary: 2 year commitment

• Assembly Delegate: 2 year commitment (note: a total of 9 candidates are needed to fill 4 primary and 5 alternate positions. This position requires attendance at every annual AMTA national conference)

We strongly encourage you to download and review the NER Bylaws which include descriptions for each position:

http://www.musictherapynewengland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Bylaws-NER-AMTA-Updated-4.21.2018-with-table-of-contents.pdf

The following is required to serve on the NER-AMTA board:

• a commitment to maintaining professional AMTA membership status; and

• attendance at four regional board meetings which take place in:

◦ March or April at the annual NER Regional Conference

◦ June in Sturbridge, MA or via conference call

◦ September or October in Sturbridge, MA

◦ February in Sturbridge MA

If you are interested in running for any of these elected positions, please submit the following, via email to pastpresident@musictherapynewengland.org, no later than Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:59am:

• A letter of interest to the NER-AMTA Nominating Committee

• A biography of 100 words or fewer for member reference or use on the ballot

The election will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the NER-AMTA Membership Meeting.

If you have questions about any of these positions, please contact Jennifer Sokira at pastpresident@musictherapynewengland.org.  

In service,

Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC

Nominating Committee Chair

NER-AMTA Past President

PS:  Interested in helping NER-AMTA, but not in an elected capacity? We also have openings for committee representatives for Clinical Practice Networking, Continuing Education, and NER’s Financial Committee. Contact President Judy Engel at president@musictherapynewengland.org for more information!

Updated NER-AMTA Bylaws

Bylaws NER-AMTA Updated 4.21.2018 with table of contents

Email server is down!

Due to some exciting website-related work, our @musictherapynewengland.org email addresses are temporarily down. To contact NER, please use Facebook Messenger. 
Thank you, 
NER Board

Welcome!

Please welcome our newest Expanded NER Board Leadership appointments:

Joy Allen- Research Committee Representative

Amanda Goff- Muse Newsletter Editor

Caitlin Hyatt- Interprofessional Collaboration Committee Representative

Kate Lamoureux- NER Historian

Wendy Krueger- Standards of Clinical Practice Committee Representative

Sarah Gagnon- Workforce Development and Retention Committee Representative

There are several openings still available please email president@musictherapynewengland.org to inquire about:

– Membership Support Committee member (national conference not required)

-Membership Committee Representative

-Continuing Education Representative

-Diversity and Inclusion Committee Representative

-Clinical Networking Committee Representative

* Please note these Committee Representative are required to attend national conference.

Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

NER-AMTA, President

NER-AMTA Bylaws Change

Hello NER-AMTA Members,

Every year, members from the NER-AMTA Board participate in an internal audit of NER’s financial records. This involves verifying each transaction from the corresponding fiscal year and ensuring that the correct record keeping procedures have been followed.

The NER-AMTA board would like to propose one small change to the Article VII. Section 1 of our Bylaws. This section outlines who is eligible to participate in the annual internal audit, and the change broadens this.

The existing (old) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:

The Auditing Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and at least two Executive Board members, or the Treasurer and an accountant, who shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.

The proposed change (new) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:

The Auditing Committee shall consist of: (a) the Treasurer and at least two professional AMTA members (one Executive Board member and one member at-large, or two Executive Board members); or (b) the Treasurer and an accountant. The Auditing Committee shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.

In summary, this change allows members at-large to participate in the annual internal audit, increasing member access to this process, and further providing transparency.

This is the only change being proposed at this time.

The NER-AMTA members will vote on this proposed change on Friday, April 20, 2018 during the Business Luncheon at the NER-AMTA annual conference at Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT. If accepted, the change will become effective on April 21, 2018. Please read this proposed change before the Business Luncheon and send any comments/feedback to presidentelect@musictherapynewengland.org before the Business Luncheon.

Best,
Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC
NER-AMTA President-Elect

 

Current NER AMTA Bylaws

Bylaws NER-AMTA Updated 4.21.2018

Reimbursement Form

Reimbursement for NER-AMTA expenses:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9nmaNqUuBlIvv-ZDMhyMgvc0QySP7yEU93iNlHuWQ0WEMwQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Scholarship Review Committee

Hello NER-AMTA Members,
Rebecca Preddie, AMTA Scholarship & Grants Coordinator is looking for some willing Scholarship Reviewers (5-6 volunteers) that will be part of the AMTA Scholarship Review Committee.  This is a great opportunity for NER-AMTA members who do not have the ability to be involved in large, year round projects, but DO have the ability to work from home for short periods of time.  
By agreeing to be a Scholarship Reviewer, you must be a current AMTA member. You will review for at least three AMTA scholarships offered within the calendar year (January 2018 – December 2018), will be provided with blinded applications and rubric sheets (in the majority of cases), and will typically have 7-10 days to review 2-10 brief applications and return results.  If you are interested, please send your name and email address to president@musictherapynewengland.org  before 4/17/18.  
Please note: this is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, you will be notified if your name is submitted to AMTA.

MLE

 

Hello NER-AMTA,

We are anticipating an exciting conference with the various concurrent sessions, annual Cabaret, and a plethora of CMTEs. This year’s focus is Uniting in Diversity: Bringing Together the Individuals of the Music Therapy Community. We are back at beautiful Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT and hope to see you there!

Master’s Level Entry (MLE) TOWN HALL

On Friday April 20, 2018, the NER Assembly Delegates and members of the former MLE committee will be hosting an unopposed Town Hall from 5:00-6:15pm. Please plan to attend. As a member of the NER-AMTA, the central question will be what additional considerations you would like the Board to consider before the Board makes a decision on the MLE Final Report?

 

The primary focus of the Town Hall is to provide NER music therapists the opportunity to engage with the Assembly delegates while the former MLE committee members encourage questions. Those questions will then be recorded (anonymously if desired) and submitted to AMTA Board of Directors for further consideration.

 

Please email all questions to assemblydelegates@musictherapynewengland.org. Questions will be read and recorded by members of the NER-AMTA Assembly of Delegates. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions on-site at conference.

 

Take this time to thoroughly read through the lengthy MLE considerations posted on the AMTA website. They are available here: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/mle_considerations/

 

As you read the MLE considerations, please think about what additional considerations you would like the AMTA Board of Directors to reflect on before a decision is made on the MLE Final Report.

 

Hope to see you all soon!

Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

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