Archive for Special Announcements

2020 Global Perspectives Session

The International Relations Committee welcomes submissions for consideration for the Global Perspectives Session at the AMTA Online Conference 2020.  The session showcases international music therapy projects, scholarly work, and service opportunities from around the world.  This year we are focusing on two relevant themes:

Deadline August 15, 2020!
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Learn more about application process here:

International relations committee presentation submissions

Hello Music Therapy Members of the New England Region ~
The International Relations Committee is accepting presentation submissions for the AMTA Global Perspectives Session, which will be held virtually on November 21st, from 12:00 PM to 2:45 PM. Each presentation is usually between 15 to 20 minutes long which includes a Q&A portion.  The deadline for submissions is August 15th.  Please open the links below to find the cover letter and submission application.We look forward to hearing from you!           Cover Letter:

 Submission Form link:

~ May Love and Peace Surround Us All ~
Meg Capen, MA, MT-BCBoard Certified Music Therapistmeg.capen@gmail.com203-206-0721

LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group

The LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group is up and running!


To organize, advocate, communicate, connect and bring about positive and systemic change related LGBTQIA2+ topics/issues in the field of music therapy. 

Group Values/Goals: 

  • Hold space for/support the needs of professional LGBTQIA2+ music therapists 
  • Support the educational needs of LGBTQIA2+ music therapy students 
  • Advocate for the specific needs of LGBTQIA2+ clients 
  • Intentionally amplify the voices of LGBTQIA2+ people with intersectional identities 

    Who? Currently we have 14 members on our board. The board consists of
    students and professionals from diverse backgrounds: 
     Emily Alberici (she/her)
    Kate Bautch (she/her)
    Nicole Gilberti-Martin (she/her)
    Wei Lo (she/her)
    Lance Merrell (he/him)
    Emma Moonier (she/her)
    Leah Oswanski (co-chair) (she/her)
    Megan Perera (she/her)
    Carly Poloskey (she/her)
    Beth Robinson (co-chair) (they/them/he/she)
    Nicole Steele (she/her)
    Angie Sylas (she/her)
    Monica Torres (they/them)
    Christopher Vilca (he/him) 

    The structure of the group will be evolving, as we seek to queer the process of leadership. 
     Who can join?
    Any LGBTQIA2+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two Spirit, Other identities that fall under the queer umbrella) identified music therapist or music therapy student can join the group. You do not have to be an AMTA member. 

    Although the “A” in the acronym is sometimes used to indicate the word “ally,” it is also used to indicate the word “asexual.” Allies are appreciated, but only LGBTQIA2+ identified music therapists and students can join the affinity group. 


Currently the LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group’s main source of connection is through the Facebook group at: 

The group leadership can also be contacted at:

What about Team Rainbow? 

Team Rainbow, founded in 2009, is still an active work group of LGBTQ+ music therapists and allies who continue to pursue their mission of research, trainings, and writing on queer topics and music therapy. Although the Team Rainbow name and members had been interpreted by many as the LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity group, it was not designed to nationally represent music therapists/students in the way that affinity groups have developed in recent years. Team Rainbow is 100% supportive of the newly formed affinity group and leadership. If you have further questions about the relationship between Team Rainbow and the LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group, please email the address listed above. 

AMTA 2020 National Conference

The AMTA 2020 Conference Registration is now open! We will be posting new information about the upcoming conference on a regular basis. Follow us: Follow @AMTANatCon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

PaulaPaula Unsal and Gregory Perkins
Local Co-Chairs, AMTA 2020 National Conference
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

DEI update


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

From the AMTA Board of Directors to the Music Therapy Community in the Twin Cities and Across the United States

In response to recent acts of violence and social injustice against Black people in Minneapolis and across the country, AMTA condemns historic and ongoing forms of racism that permeate our society and institutions. We are heartbroken that this is happening.

We stand against racism and hate in all its forms and acknowledge the trauma that repeated violence against people of color causes. We uphold kindness, social responsibility, dignity and respect, equality, accountability, excellence, integrity, and courage as our core values and recognize that we have a responsibility to uphold these values.

As we strive to do better, AMTA leadership acknowledges that we must be serious about examining our own biases individually, in our work, and in organizational structures. It is beyond time to give voice in support of our colleagues, students, and service users of color as we endeavor to embody the core values and principles of our aspirational Code of Ethics.

We recognize the important work and advocacy of our colleagues in The Black Music Therapy Network. To learn more about their work, click here. We encourage you to review statements of solidarity made by the Mid-Atlantic Region Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee (link and resources) and the Asian Music Therapy Network – U.S. (link and resources). These statements also contain resources to offer assistance or expand your awareness of racial injustice.


Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource We thank you all for your contribution and support during this unprecedented time. Below, find resources to support the wellbeing and coping of one another.

Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The Mental Health Coalition
If you have resources you would like to share with us, please email

Songs Of Hope: Social Media Information

Seeking input from marginalized members:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is going to host a Zoom call to gain input from marginalized members on the search process on Monday 4/6 at 9:00PM ET with the following Zoom link:

Executive Director search

Membership-wide Zoom calls regarding new Executive Director search:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is offering three membership-wide Zoom calls on the following days:

Monday 3/30 at 7:00pm ET

Wednesday 4/1 at 8:30am ET

Thursday 4/2 at 9:00pm ET


**Since her Zoom platform can only handle up to 100 participants, she created a Google doc sign-up sheet, with overflow sign-up instructions to alert her if she needs to create new Zoom calls. Please sign up to provide your input. 

If the above link to the sign up sheet does not work, please go to:



Dear Colleagues,


As a community, the NER-AMTA aims to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete the NER-AMTA COVID-19 Impact Survey in efforts to provide insight on how professional, student, and intern music therapists are affected at this time. This survey is open to all, and is encouraged to be completed by both members and nonmembers. Please share and invite others to complete.
Complete the survey here:
Thank you!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

Mark Fuller Jr, MT-BC
Membership Representative

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource Please share this relief resource in efforts to support those seeking assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Music Relief Resources

(credits to Nichelle J. Mungo and community)

1. The Boston Artist Relief Fund (formally the Opportunity Fund):

2. The Record Co, Music Maker Relief Fund:

3. Boston Singers Resource:

4. Musicians Foundation Resources: 


5. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources:

6. Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources: 

COVID-19 Resources

2020 Conference Suspended

March 13, 2020


Dear NER Music Therapists:

The wellness and safety of community is our top priority. With that in mind and given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 conference.

If you have registered for the 2020 NER conference, you will receive a full refund for your conference registration fees.

Each attendee is responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservation, and we urge you to contact the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa as soon as possible in order to secure your refund with them.

Moving forward, we are exploring options to provide an alternative conference experience before the 2021 NER conference and will keep you updated as we learn more.

I hope that you are staying well during this stressful time. Please keep connecting virtually, making music, and taking care.



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 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. 



Adrienne Flight


Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA




In remembrance

We are saddened by the loss of our dear colleague and friend, Allegra Themmen Pigott. Sending love and light to those who knew her. Please view funeral details and add a memory on the Dignity Memorial page:
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