Archive for Special Announcements

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:

AMTA scholarships

Hello NER-AMTA Members,
Tawna Grasty, 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 and a professional member.  Those selected should be available to serve as reviewers for at least three AMTA scholarships offered within the calendar year (January 2019 – December 2019). As you remember, reviewers are provided with applications and rubric sheets to assist with the review of required documents. Reviewers typically have 7-10 days to review applications and return results to the Scholarship Chair. 
If you are interested, please send your name and email address to before 2/1/19 
Please note: this is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, you will be notified if your name is submitted to AMTA.  

Read more

Membership support deadline extended.

The Application for the Pay It Forward Scholarship is being EXTENDED to January 11, 2019. The link to the application is listed below. Questions about the scholarship can be directed to
Scholarship applications due by January 11, 2019.
Recipients will be notified by January 18, 2019.
Share this application with your friends and colleagues in the New England region – we hope to award as many scholarships as possible!
The Membership Support Committee.

Email server is down!

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


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 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 before the Business Luncheon.

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


Current NER AMTA Bylaws

Bylaws NER-AMTA Updated 4.21.2018

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