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MISSION STATEMENT

The European Music Therapy Confederation was founded in 1990, as a forum for exchange between music therapists in Europe.

The EMTC is a confederation of professional music therapy associations, working actively to promote the further development of professional practice in Europe, and to foster exchange and collaboration between member countries.

The overall purpose of the EMTC is to nurture mutual respect, understanding and exchange between music therapists in Europe.

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EMTC country delegates in Oslo 2013 

The EMTC

The European Music Therapy Confederation was founded in 1990, as a forum for exchange between music therapists in Europe. Since this time regular meetings have been held, at conferences, within smaller working groups, and through email exchange. While the theoretical basis, methods and concepts of music therapy training are different within each country, the overall purpose of the EMTC is to nurture mutual respect, understanding and exchange.
We consider it timely to actively foster and improve international cooperation to a level that is more operational, and therefore has more influence. This is essential for the further development of the profession world-wide. Consistency of a high professional level of practice is vital, in a way that maintains individuality of approach, philosophy and specialism.

Current status

In May 2004 the EMTC achieved official AISBL status at EU level in Brussels, as a non-profit making, international, professional organisation, according to Belgian law. This new EMTC has a Constitution, By Laws and a Code of Ethics. It is managed by an administrative infrastructure consisting of a Core Board (President and 2 vice Presidents: General Secretary and Treasurer), a Board (3 regional country coordinators).

EMTC Membership

The EMTC is a confederation of professional music therapy associations (i.e. associations of qualified, practising music therapists). Member countries have a single representative. This representative is voted by the member associations (the professional association(s) within each country). The country representative is responsible to the national associations who are members of the EMTC.

In 2014 membership includes music therapists from 28 European countries, 42 music therapy member associations representing approximately 5,400 European music therapists.

EMTR – the European Music Therapist Register

An important focus for the EMTC is the European Music Therapist Register (EMTR). The structure of the EMTR became operational in 2012 via the Registration Commission, the application committee (Dr. Jos De Backer, Dr. Julie Sutton, and Dr. Jakkoo Erkila) and the application administer (Ilse Wolfram). The European Music Therapist Register (EMTR) is linked to the levels of higher education standards of bachelor and master degrees.

The present and the future

In the future the EMTC will continue to work actively to promote the further development of professional practice in Europe, and to foster exchange and collaboration between member countries.

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