2013 Social Media Advocacy Month

Introduction: Advocacy –> Recognition –> Access

Since 2005, the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists have collaborated on a State Recognition Operational Plan. The primary purpose of this plan is to get music therapy and our MT-BC credential recognized by individual states so that citizens can more easily access our services. The AMTA Government Relations staff and CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff provide guidance and technical support to state task forces throughout the country as they work towards state recognition. To date, their work has resulted in over 35 active state task forces, 2 licensure bills passed in 2011, 1 licensure bill passed in 2012, and an estimated 7 bills being filed in 2013 that seek to create either title protection or a licensure for music therapy. This month, our focus is on YOU and on getting you excited about advocacy.

About the Project

Throughout the month of January, music therapy bloggers and podcasters will be sharing their tips, thoughts, and ideas on advocacy, on being an advocate, and on the importance of story-telling in the advocacy process.

I will be adding links to their articles and podcast episodes as the month goes by. Be sure to also follow the #mtadvocacy and #lovemusictherapy hashtags on Twitter to stay current with what’s happening.

Participating Blogs and Podcasts


THANK YOU to these fabulous music therapy bloggers and podcasters who are participating in this year’s social media advocacy month: Megumi Azekawa, Sharon Boyle of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Meryl Brown, Tanya Cordobes, Noa Elimelech, Michelle Erfurt, Katelyn Farris, Kat Fulton, Jamie George, Nicole Hahna and students from Slippery Rock University, Kellee Coviak Hansen, Stacey Hargis, Bonnie Hayhurst, Connie Cheila Huettner, JoAnn Jordan, Ryan Judd, Amy Kalas, Kalani, Emily Keeling, Michelle Kennemer, Blythe LaGasse, Kate Legge, Janice Lindstrom, Andrew Littlefield, Matt Logan, Ashley Lundquist, Bill Matney, Antoinette Morrison, Natalie Mullis, Rachelle Norman, Roia Rafieyan, Rachel Rambach, Dena Register, Megan Resig, Wade Richards, Stephanie Scheffel, Kathy Schumacher, Kimberly Sena Moore, CJ Shiloh, Jody St. George, Daniel Tague, Natasha Thomas, Sarah Thompson, Unstrange Mind, Andrea and Tyler from Urban Therapists, Hilary Yip, Andrea Yun-Springer