Special Announcements

Proposed Bylaws Change

Dear NER Music Therapists:   The purpose of this communication is to inform members of the New England Region of AMTA of a proposed change to the NER-AMTA bylaws.   http://www.musictherapynewengland.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Bylaws-NER-AMTA-Updated-6.8.2020-with-table-of-contents.docx.pdf   We will be voting on this change during the NER business meeting on Monday, November 16 from 8-9:30pm on AMTA’s Zoom account (Zoom info to be published later).   Please find and review the proposed NER-AMTA bylaws change below:   Proposed Change: Reason:…

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NER Business 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!Submit to http://tiny.cc/GPS20Learn more about application process here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V7B18qDHYgVh_wQQJ7Ft2bsMoLx9e3AieQPZy_BQpxU/edit?usp=sharing

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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!…

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LGBTQIA2+ Music Therapy Affinity Group

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

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NER Business Special Announcements

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…

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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…

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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 https://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/guide-to-mental-health-resources/health-care-providers The Mental Health Coalition https://thementalhealthcoalition.orgIf you have resources you would like to share with us, please email membership@musictherapynewengland.org

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Special Announcements

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…

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#NERAMTAcommunityresources

  Dear Colleagues,   #NERAMTAcommunityresources   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: https://forms.gle/4dobTiDeQn2kiArV8  …

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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): https://www.boston.gov/news/boston-establishes-artist-relief-fund-response-coronavirus 2. The Record Co, Music Maker Relief Fund: https://www.therecordco.org/relief 3. Boston Singers Resource: https://www.bostonsingersresource.org/programs/bsrf/application 4. Musicians Foundation Resources:  Apply 5. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/ 6. Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources:  COVID-19 Resources

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Events NER Regional Conference Special Announcements

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…

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