Call for Abstracts

The AMTA 2019 Call for Abstracts has now closed

Conference theme

This year’s theme is: ‘Changing the future: Advocacy, Equity and Partnerships’.

As music therapists, we have spent a long time advocating for our profession in order to prove that our contribution is worthwhile and to establish our place within a range of health, educational, disability and community contexts. While ongoing negotiations with systems that we work with are important, we believe it is time to start owning the important contribution that we make at multiple levels in our society.

At this conference, we aim to explore the ways that music therapists are contributing to the ‘bigger picture’ through changing the future of music therapy, as well as changing the ways that clients, communities and stakeholders are able to access and engage with our services. We invite you to join us in reflecting upon how your clinical work, research, advocacy or collaborative project has contributed to positive change within our field and beyond.

We invite music therapists, as well as health professionals, creative therapists and community musicians, to submit abstracts that fit into the following streams within the theme:

1. Contributing to the ‘bigger picture’ eg. how does our research or practice contribute to social change? what social change do you see necessary in your work? what contribution do music therapists make within and outside of the therapy room?

2. Advocacy (for clients, music therapy, communities) eg. what is advocacy to you? what are the benefits and challenges of advocacy? how do we provide opportunities for silenced voices to be heard? how do we use music as a form of advocacy?

3. Equity for all eg. how do we ensure equal access to music therapy? what are the benefits and challenges of being inclusive in music therapy? how do we represent people and music therapy in a way that is consistent with how we work? how do we as therapists experience equity in our multidisciplinary work?

4. Partnerships (with clients, families, stakeholders, communities, other professionals) eg. what are the facilitators and barriers to collaboration? how do we partner with clients/family members/significant others in music therapy? what is most important in establishing successful partnerships? what happens when partnerships are not helpful/positive?

Abstract Format

Abstracts should address the conference theme, must not exceed 400 words and must not contain tables or graphs. To ensure a blind review, please ensure your abstract does not contain identifying material. This includes reference to unique features about the context, client or author. To avoid this, it is recommended that authors do not include specific information about the city in which their work takes part.


Please include a brief biography, no more than 50 words.

Contribution formats

Submissions are invited for the following formats:

  • Oral presentation (20 mins presentation+ 10 mins Q&A)
  • Student oral presentation (15 mins presentation + 5 mins Q&A)
  • Poster presentation (Posters will be on display during the conference. You will also present a 3min summary of your work at the designated ‘Poster Hour’)
  • Round table comprising 3-4 presenters (60 mins)
  • Interactive Workshop – facilitating active learning through discussion and activities (60 mins)

Submissions are to be made online via the link at the top of the page.

Submission criteria and review process

Each abstract will be peer reviewed by two scientific committee members and ranked according to the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Contribution of new knowledge/understanding to the music therapy profession
  • Clarity and coherence of written expression

Successful applicant terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be offered a place in the conference program. Where possible, successful applicants will be offered their first preference of presentation format at the conference. However, some may be invited to present in a different format.

All presenters will be required to formally accept the invitation by registering and paying the conference registration fee.


Abstract submissions close Closed
Notification of Acceptance 30 August 2019
Draft program available September 2019


Technical questions about submissions and program can be sent to the Scientific Chair Dr Rebecca Fairchild, PhD, RMT at

Please direct all other program enquiries to:

AMTA2019 Conference Secretariat
T: +61 (07) 3255 1002

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      • Key Dates

      • Early Bird Registration 20 July 2019 – Friday 20 September 2019
      • Drum Power Workshops Wednesday 27 November & Thursday 28 November 2019
      • AMTA2019 Conference Friday 29 November 2019 & Saturday 30 November 2019
      • Professional Development Seminar Sunday 1 December 2019