OCMT2011 is complete – OCMT2011 Planning is underway

First – a big thank-you to everyone who participated in OCMT2011.  Your participation helped to make this inaugural conference a resounding success!  Here’s a few of the comments that we have received:

“I thought this was a great way to do a conference…”

“The organizing committee did an excellent job and took a monumental risk in developing a new conference format. Way to go!!”

“It was an invigorating weekend, full of learning, rejuvenation, and inspiration.”

Another indication of the success – within an hour of OCMT2011 finishing, a new Facebook group had been created – OCMT2012!

So – will there be an OCMT2012.  YES!  We still have some items to finish up regarding OCMT2011 (e.g.  editing and releasing recordings of the presentations) but once those are complete, we will be started to work on planning for OCMT2012.  We are looking for any ideas that you might have regarding a format, potential speakers, and/or themes.  Please send them to our new e-mail address:  ocmt2012@gmail.com.  You can also follow our newest developments on Twitter (#OCMT2012) or this blog.

Once again – thank-you to everyone who participated in OCMT2011.  We hope to see you back at OCMT2012!

 

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10 days to go. 10 Q & As to your questions.

There are just 10 days to go!


We are super excited to be hosting this event and look forward to your participation!

A couple of participants have written with a number of concerns that we will address in this posting.  If you have another unanswered question, don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail:  ocmt2011@gmail.com, via our Facebook group:  OCMT2011 – Online Conference for Music Therapy, or via a comment on this blog posting.

1.  I don’t understand or I am not sure how to ensure the correct time of the presentations.

All of the times listed in the either the Conference Program or the Quick Look document are based on Mountain Standard Time (MST) that translates to Greenwich Mean Time -7 hours (GMT -7).  If you do not know where your local time zone fits with GMT, please visit the Greenwich Mean Time Calculator.  Once you have determined your local time zone, you will need to either ADD or SUBTRACT from your local time to find the time of each presentation during the conference.  Here are some examples to get you started!

Posted Time                 Your Time Zone                   Presentation in your local time zone

9 AM MST                    GMT -8 (California)                               8 AM
9 AM MST                    GMT -7 (Montana)                                 9 AM
9 AM MST                    GMT -6 (Texas)                                      10 AM
9 AM MST                    GMT -5 (Ontario)                                   11 AM
9 AM MST                    GMT (Great Britain)                              4 PM
9 AM MST                    GMT +1 (Italy)                                        5 PM
9 AM MST                    GMT +2 (Cairo)                                      6 PM
9 AM MST                    GMT +8  (Hong Kong)                          12 AM (next day)
9 AM MST                    GMT +10 (Bahrain)                               2 AM (next day)

2.  Is there a website that I have to visit?

There is NO website to visit.  If you have registered, you will receive an invitation from the organizing committee prior to the conference, via e-mail.  This invitation will contain a URL link that you will use to “join” the conference.

3.  Is there a password that I have to use?

There is NO password that you will require in order to “join” the conference.  The aforementioned URL link is all that you will need.

PLEASE do not share this link with people/friends who have not registered.  We have a discrete restriction of 50 simultaneous connections – having other people join in that have not registered will mean that some legitimate participants may be unable to “join”.

GROUPS:  If you have registered as a group, please have ONE (1) person sign in using the URL link in the invitation (usually the person listed on the registration form).  If that person needs to leave the conference permanently or for a long period of time, please let us know and we will send a new invitation.  This will ensure that participation will be recorded correctly.

4.  I haven’t received my invitation yet?  Have I missed it?

You WILL NOT receive your invitation until a half-hour (30 minutes) prior to the start of the conference.  If you have received your conference within 15 minutes of the start of the conference, please e-mail us at:  ocmt2011@gmail.com

5.  Is there any software that I have to buy?

There is no software to buy.  Elluminate software is “located in the cloud” and you link to it via a Java web applet and your web browser.  If this doesn’t make any sense to you, then note that the only thing that you need to understand about this last sentence is – make sure that Java is enabled on your web browser.  Additionally, Elluminate will work with all of the most popular browsers and operating systems such as:  Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Safari and/or Windows, Mac OSX, Linux.

6.  What other software/hardware do I have to have?

There is no other software to purchase.  To get the most from this conference, you will also need a webcam and microphone although neither is absolutely necessary.  (You will still receive the video feed if you do not have a webcam however we will not be able to see you.  Similarly, you will not need a microphone – this only means that you will not be able to ask a question vocally.  There is still the option to ask a question via the “chat” feature, built-in to Elluminate).  As far as internet connections – certainly a high-speed internet connection is best however you can also participate in this conference with a dial-up connection.  Elluminate has a “no user left behind” policy that allows you to participate regardless of your download speed.

7.  What if I have haven’t completed the training that you offered on the Elluminate software?

We have previously offered a number of training times for the Elluminate training however only a few individuals have taken us up “on the offer”.  We, absolutely, want you to have a positive experience.  Consequently, we have prepared two (2) introductory presentations that will assist you in becoming familiar with some of the basic operations that you can perform using Elluminate.

Getting Started Presentation (All Participants)

Presenter Addendum (Recommended for Presenters)

8.  I use Twitter, is there an official hashtag?

YES!  The official conference hashtag is:  #OCMT2011.  We encourage you to utilize this hashtag throughout the conference to post your feedback, questions and to request assistance.  As an organizing committee, we will be monitoring Twitter on an ongoing basis throughout the conference.

9.  Are you offering Continuing Education credits for this conference?

The answer is YES and NO.  We expect that Canadian participants will be able use the conference to count towards their CE requirements (still not fully confirmed).  Sadly, although we had hoped to offer CMTE credit (US Participants) for the conference, we were not able to get approval in time for the conference.  Everyone will receive a Certificate of participation post-conference, including details of their involvement so CMTE credit may still be available, at a later date.

10.  I’ve heard that the sessions will be recorded.  How do I access those recordings?

The organizing committee is currently preparing a Moodle (an open source LMS/CMS) site that will contain additional information, conference handouts and links for the recordings of each presentation.  A link to this website will be posted following the conference as soon as possible.  These recordings will be offered FREE of charge, using a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike license.

There are still a few registration spots available but they are going VERY fast!  REGISTER NOW if you have not already done so!


SEE YOU IN TEN DAYS!!


We could all use a little training!

Are you planning to attend the Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT2011) on March 5-6, 2011?  If so, you’ve only got 18 days to register!  The registration process is two-fold.  First, complete the registration form, then visit the WEBSTORE to pay for your registration.  We’ve tried to keep the registration fees as low as possible so that many people, including students, can attend.

The second thing that you need is training, on the Elluminate web conferencing software that we will be using to host and present the conference.  Those who have already participated in training have all agreed that “it is fairly easy, even for novice and technologically challenged users”.  That said, getting started can, “be a little intimidating”.  As an organizing committee, we want you to have the ABSOLUTELY, HANDS-DOWN, BEST EXPERIENCE possible!  Therefore, we’ve planned at least one more “hands-on” training session on Feb. 20th between 1-4 PM (MST).  (Mountain Standard Time (MST) which equates to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -7 hrs)). Please note – we are offering a three (3) hour time window but the training only lasts approx. thirty (30) to fourty-five (45) minutes, depending on the number of participants and issues that arise.

If neither of those acronyms (MST or GMT) make any sense to you, visit this website to figure out your local time vs. GMT (either add or subtract to the time based on your local timezone).  For example, if you live in Ontario, New York State, or Pennsylvania – your local time zone is EST or GMT -5.  Consequently, you would need to add two (2) hours to find the correct time for the training (between 3 PM and 7 PM).  Conversely, if you live in California, your time zone is GMT -8 hrs.  In this case, you would have to subtract one (1) hour from the listed times making that training occurring between 12 PM and 3 PM (in your local/personal time zone).  More examples for calculating your personal/local time can be found on the conference website FAQ’s page.

If you can’t make this training session, we have two more resources (Powerpoint presentations) to help you out.  The first is called, “Getting Started” and it is useful for everyone who will be participating – whether you are a participant or a presenter.  Getting Started Presentation.  We highly recommend that you go through this presentation as there are a few things that you must do in order to maximize your conference experience.

If you are a presenter at the conference, and cannot attend the upcoming training session, we have a second resource for you to view called the Presenter Addendum.  This is absolutely MANDATORY for anyone who has agreed to be a presenter.  Also, please note that we require any documents, links, video clips, etc. at least two (2) days prior to the conference to ensure that they can be loaded in a timely fashion.

We may, from time to time, be able to offer additional training times prior to the conference but this is not guaranteed. Please watch the Facebook group (OCMT2011 – Online Conference for Music Therapy) or your Twitter feed (#OCMT2011) for updates.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via e-mail:  ocmt2011@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference in 18 days!

Why this conference?

It is just over three weeks until the commencement of this exciting inaugural conference!  Registrations have been coming in but we’d like to see more!!  This begs the question – Why this conference and not another?

ARGUMENT #1:  We are NEW, so check us out.

Arguably, we are a new, untested entity (this is the first attempt at a virtual conference for music therapy).  As well, we are a grass roots movement and a conference that has been planned outside of an association or agency.  This only means that funding resources are limited.  In fact, our only revenue to run the conference has come from registration fees.  Does this mean that we are any less professional in our planning and implementation of the conference?  NO. We are using proven software to host the conference and the organizing committee has been working very hard to ensure that the multiple presentations and roundtable discussions are on par with those that are given at a more traditional music therapy conference.  Indeed, planning of the conference has entailed meetings and preparation over the past year.

ARGUMENT #2:  A “virtual” conference represents a significant $cost$ savings to you

A traditional music therapy conference entails travel, accommodation and various other expenses.  These are largely eliminated in a virtual conference.  You attend from your home/work computer.  As well, we have intentionally kept the registration costs low, despite the fact that they are our primary source of revenue.  This is especially true for students, who will be the future of the music therapy profession and who will  likely utilize virtual education increasing as they begin to work as music therapy professionals.  Finally, our use of the Elluminate software platform means that there is no specialized equipment and/or software to purchase.

ARGUMENT #3 The networking possibilities are worldwide

At a traditional music therapy conference participants have the opportunity to network and find like minded colleagues.  However, the number of international presenters/participants, is somewhat limited.  (The one exception being the World Congress of Music Therapy, held every four years, hosted by the WFMT).  In a virtual conference, you will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from any part of the world.  The opportunities to speak with them, strategize and formulate ideas, and share experiences are greatly enhanced, and may even be assisted via the many resources that are available on the internet.  As well, you are not limited to an annual or repeated cycle of every “few” years – you can have as many or as few virtual conferences as you want.  No longer are you limited by time or place!

ARGUMENT #4:  A virtual conference is good for the environment!

Granted, this may be a weak argument to include.  It is, however, true.  By hosting the conference online, there are no travel related costs to the environment, materials are presented digitally -thereby saving numerous trees and printing resources/materials, and there is no wasted food (unless of course you become so engrossed in the presentations that you forget to eat!).

ARGUMENT #5: Only you, and your attendance can ensure that subsequent virtual conferences, improved and expanded, take place!

This is the first, and inaugural, virtual conference.  We realize that we have and will make mistakes in the planning and implementation of this conference.  However, we (the organizing committee) TRULY believe that this is an idea and opportunity for the future of the music therapy profession.  Only by attending, providing feedback, and challenging “the way things are” can we move forward, improving and expanding the opportunities in subsequent conferences.

What are some resources that I can use to find out more?

Here are a few resources that you may find helpful in your planning and preparation for the conference:

Our “main” websitehttp://OCMT2011.webs.com

Our “registration” pagehttp://ocmt2011.webs.com/conferenceregistration.htm.

NOTE: The registration is a TWO (2) step process.  After completing the registration page, you must ALSO visit the WEBSTORE to pay your registration fee.

*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Using the Elluminate softwarehttps://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2010-06-15.1031.M.D6CFA062B4EFBDFCC960D9A533CFAA.vcr.

Our e-mail:  ocmt2011@gmail.com

We can’t wait to have you participate in the conferenceSee you soon!

 

Sincerely,

The Organizing Committee

 

 

2011 is here, and the conference is coming near!

READER NOTIFICATION:

The countdown is on.  Just 9 days until the earlybird deadline for registrations end.  Problem is, our online registration system using PayPal is down (We are still accepting personal cheques).  We are aiming to have a resolution/fix in place by Jan. 10th.

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In the meantime, here are some items that may be of interest to you, based on inquiries that we have recently received.

1.  Conference program/Sessions offered

Several people have written in, inquiring what sessions we are going to offer, and asking if there will be any CME’s.  Click the link below to view the full conference program, in a variety of formats (PDF, .doc, .otf).  Regarding the “special workshops/CME’s” – we will not be offering any “CMEs/Special workshops” outside of the event itself.  http://ocmt2011.webs.com/conferenceprogram.htm

2.  Time Zones

This is something unique to online conferences – figuring out when things are going to happen.  Normally, you would adjust your clock/time when you arrived at your destination.  With a virtual conference, you don’t actually “arrive” anywhere, and simply connect from your home/office/educational facility.  Consequently, you need to match your local time with the times published in the conference program.  The easiest way to calculate your local time, vs. the published times, is to use the international stime standard called, Greenwich Mean Time or GMT.  Depending on the time zone you are living in, and whether you observe daylight savings, you will likely be up to either +8 or -8 hours difference from GMT.  The times published in the conference program are based on GMT -7 hrs.  To find out the time zone that you are living in, and how it is related to GMT, visit the following link:  http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/.  A more detailed explanation, with examples,  can also be found at:  http://ocmt2011.webs.com/faqgmtwhat.htm

3.  Who should register?

Initially, we asked only non-presenters and non-keynote speakers to register however, due to a unforeseen circumstance, we are now asking that EVERYONE register, including presenters and keynote speakers.  This will allow us to monitor and calculate the number of simultaneous connections that we will need throughout the conference.  If you are planning to register as a group, please note that will only need one (1) connection.  This will be arranged through a “point person” (appointed by the group members) through whom notifications and the registration details will be vetted.  Please do not have each member of your group sign in individually.

4.  Continuing Education (CE) credits

As an organizing committee, we know that continuing education credits are a valuable part of your professional and personal development.  We are working hard to offer CE credits as part of this conference however nothing has been finalized yet.  Please be patient and wait for further updates.

5.  Presenters only

Several presenters have contacted us to ask what types of media they can use during their presentations?  The answer – basically any type of media (video, website, Powerpoint presentation, blog, etc.).  Each presenter will be contacted shortly by a student from the “Introduction to Music Therapy” class, taught by John Lawrence (chairperson of the organizing committee) that is to begin on January 13, 2011.   Please watch your inbox for that e-mail.

We hope that this post has answered some of your questions.  If you have a question that has not been answered, feel free to drop us a line.  Here is how you can contact us:

Facebook: OCMT2011 – Online Conference for Music Therapy
Twitter: #OCMT2011
Website: ocmt2011.webs.com
Blog: onlineconference4mt.wordpress.com
E-mail: ocmt2011@gmail.com

We can’t wait to see you at the conference!

Openness – What is the big deal?

I’ve been thinking about conferences quite a bit this week.  As we speak, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is holding its’ 60th anniversary conference in Cleveland, OH.  While I was not able to attend this conference, I was able to attend the Global Education Conference (#GlobalEdCon) that will utilize the same softtware that we are using for the Online Conference for Music Therapy.  GlobalEdCon finished today, after 5 days of 24/7 presentations, and they have published some statistics via Twitter – 15,028 unique logins; 8,372 hours attended; 32,681 website visits this week.   The most interesting aspects of this conference, besides the conference content, were:  1) conference registration for all participants was free and 2) all sessions have been recorded and most were released publically, for free, within two hours of their completion!

This begs the question – what if we tried the same thing in the field of music therapy?

Some colleagues and students in my Introduction to Music Therapy course have been skeptical but intrigued by the concept.  After attending quite a few presentations during GlobalEdCon, I’ve come to realize that it may be truly possible.  What would this mean for the field of music therapy?  How many people would attend such a conference?  The aforementioned AMTA conference has reported at least 2000 attendees?  Would OCMT2011, in this form, have more or less attendees?  Certainly, it would mean some challenges!

Challenge #1:  Financial

All conferences have expenses and OCMT2011 is no exception.  The fact that this is a virtual conference does represent cost savings for all participants, who do not have to travel or stay in a hotel during the conference.  However, there is a cost associated with using Elluminate, keynote speakers will receive a small honorarium, and there are costs related to hosting a website, operating a bank account, etc.  GlobalEdCon had some well-heeled financial partners who underwrote the cost associated with hosting the conference, however most of what was accomplished was done by volunteers.  We are all well aware that this is not the case for any music therapy conference.  That said, none of the approx. 60 keynote presenters received an honorarium.  None of the “moderators” who oversaw the operation of the Elluminate software/assisted presenters were paid either (approx. 200).  Finally, although I do not know about the two primary organizers, most, if not all, of the people who assisted with organization of the conference received any remuneration.  If we suddenly began holding virtual conferences, instead of conference in-person, in a specific location, what would that mean for the organizers, the quality of the conference, and the effect on the budgets of music therapy organizations?

Challenge #2:  Networking and meetings

Speaking from personal experience, and after reviewing many of the tweets from #AMTA10, I can safely say that one of the primary reasons people attend a music therapy conference is to connect with friends and colleagues.  A second, less visible reason – undertake the business associated with ensuring that the profession continues  to grow, in a controlled fashion, with adequate “checks-and-balances” and discussion.  Would we be able to replicate those experiences in a virtual environment? GlobalEdCon did not appear to have any business meetings or recognition events such as “Lifetime Achievement Awards”.  It was simply educative in nature.  Would we be willing to give up those opportunities and events as music therapists?  How would we network with other music therapists and conduct the underpinning business of the Association/Profession? I’m truly not sure although GlobalEdCon did very dramatically illustrate that we are moving to a global, rather than a national or regional, model of exchanging information and ideas.  I’ll tempt you with one, excellent presentation from GlobalEdCon related to Taking It Global Click here.

Challenge #3:  Our own general reluctance related to utilizing technology

“You’ve come a long way baby!” According to the text entitled, Verbivore’s feast:  Second course:  More word & phrase origins, it was the Philip Morris company that introduced this phrase in 1968 (Smith, C., n.d.).  In the past few years, music therapists have increasingly made use of technology for presentations, social networking, publicizing, and sharing of resources.  Some examples of this can be found on YouTube, Google, Facebook, Twitter, professional blogs, radio programs, and podcasts.  Janice Harris, who hosts a weekly internet-based radio show entitled, “The Music Therapy Show with Janice Harris” was selected by AMTA to tell the story of 60 years of music therapy during this years’ conference.  Numerous music therapy associations and regional MT associations have recently established a presence on Facebook and/or Twitter.  However, two years ago, the AMTA conference was unable to provide wi-fi/internet access for conference attendees due to high financial costs (I am not criticizing this decision, merely using it to illustrate my point).  Similarly, in organizing OCMT2011, there has been a lot of questions related to the “virtual” aspect of the conference and, “how does it work?”.  We MUST, in my personal opinion, forgo our reluctance to utilize technology and the internet, to enhance and extend the knowledge and learning about, music therapy.

Challenge #4:  Openness leading to discussion and possible criticism

If we are going to utilize the internet and technology to “spread the word” we are, in effect, opening up the profession to a much wider public audience.  This has both positive and negative connotations.  Positively, it means that many more people and professionals will become aware of music therapy.  At the same time, the internet, “a wild and dangerous place full of lies and misinformation (as any parent knows)”.  We do not have a central depository/site for materials related to music therapy nor do we necessarily have jurisdiction to correct or regulate public information on the internet.  In Canada, where I reside and work, we do not even have the ability to prevent individuals from calling themselves a “music therapist” (title protection).  Similarly, an interesting and hotly debated discussion has recently taken place on the AMTA listserv.  Entitled, “Why call yourself a NMT over an MT-BC” (their grammar, not mine), the discussion has questioned what, if any, credentials and/or additional certifications should be used by a music therapist.  Hence, we are potentially opening ourselves up to much more public debate and discussion, and indeed, possible rejection.

Challenge #5:  Alternative income generation/Publication/Resources

In the recording that I linked to earlier (Taking It Global), the entire content of the presentation and many of the resources mentioned have been released to the public, free of charge via a Creative Commons license.  This means that people are free to use the material, under a variety of conditions, freely and without charge.  Opening up material about the practice of music therapy and the education of music therapists to a greater public audience would likely mean that there would be additional pressure on music therapists to provide materials at no, or very low cost.  This could potentially affect income streams that music therapists and music therapy associations/organizations have relied upon to generate a small bit of income.  What would this mean for the individuals/associations/publishers involved?  How could this income be generated under alternative methods?. A very interesting resource, related specifically to publicly funded research in the United States, can be found via the website entitled, Right to Research.

I look forward to your thoughts and comments about this post.  Feel free to comment below or send me a personal e-mail:  jlmt@telus.net .

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the posting do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the organizing committee for the Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT2011) or that of any conference participant.

Citations

Smith, C.  (n.d).  Verbivore’s Feast: Second Course: More Word & Phrase Origins, p. 337.  Retrieved November 19, 2010 from, http://books.google.ca
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sig=3kIbwv-5cQXQqC9vCub7cDFsaiw&hl=en&ei=MTLnTKalN9PangfttpyjDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&
resnum=3ved=0CCMQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false.

It’s a Brave New World!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

WHAT? Registration for the Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT2011) began on November 1st.  The earlybird deadline for registration is January 15, 2011 but you can register now!

WHERE? Visit http://ocmt2011.webs.com for registration details and the full conference program.

WHEN? The website is available 24/7.  The conference itself will take place on the weekend of March 5-6, 2011.

WHY? The conference will be a great opportunity for learning, a chance to connect with like-minded music therapists throughout the world, and costs are low due to the elimination of any associated accommodation, meals, and travel costs.

WHO? Why YOU of course!  We are encouraging individuals, students and groups of people to register.  If you are a part of a group who would like to register we are asking that you appoint one person to act as a contact, and take advantage of our group discount(s).  By doing so, you will help to ensure that we have the maximum number of participants possible.  Likewise, groups might want to consider hosting an on-campus or community event related to the conference.  Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the earlybird pricing which starts at just $25.00 for the entire conference.

OTHER RECENT QUESTIONS

We’ve also received a number of other questions related to the conference.

1.  I’m not familiar with Elluminate – will there be training available for presenters and attendees?

YES – we are in the midst of planning a series of pre-conference training sessions for everyone that will introduce you to the Elluminate software that we will be using.  These will be offered at various times, on several different dates, prior to the conference itself to help you have the best possible, trouble-free experience.  Introductory training videos are also available on the Elluminate website located at:  http://www.elluminate.com/Services/Training/?id=70

2.  The registration form asks me for my timezone (according to Greenich Median Time (GMT)).  What is that and where can I figure this out?

There is a great, and very easy to use, website to determine the timezone that your country or specific geographic location is found in.  It is located at:  http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/.  If your location is not listed in the “Time in the world’s major cities” (many aren’t), use the second option of “Time in every country in the world”.  This website takes into account things such as DST-Daylight Savings Time but check it, as a precaution, just prior to the conference itself.  Times listed in the conference program are based on GMT -7 hours.  To help you calculate your local time there is a FAQ located under the “Home” menu on the website.

3.  Are there any other ways to contact you.

YES!  As the conference organizing committee we have a number of ways that you can use to contact us with issues or questions.  These include:

Facebook group: OCMT2011 – Online Conference for Music Therapy
Twitter: #OCMT2011 (this is also the official hashtag for the conference)
Website: http://ocmt2011.webs.com
Blog: onlineconference4mt.wordpress.com
E-mail: ocmt2011@gmail.com

Finally, we want to invite you to consider donating to/sponsoring the conference.  In some respects, planning and organizing this conference was a big risk that we (the organizing committee) felt was very worthwhile.  A “virtual” music therapy conference has never been attempted before.  As well, although we represent various regions of the world and various music therapy associations, the conference itself was not created or funded as an effort of any one music therapy association.  Consequently, money received from sponsorships and registration fees are vital in order to cover costs such as the Elluminate subscription.  TOGETHER we can make this a successful and amazing experience that we will want to “Shout Out To The World!” in years to come.  For more information about becoming a sponsor, and levels of sponsorship, please contact us directly via our e-mail address.

We can’t wait to have you participate in the conference! Stay tuned to this blog, or check out our other avenues of contact, for updates and happenings related to the conference.

 

Sincerely,
The Conference Organizing Committee

 


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