American Music Therapy Association Membership Recognition Program The purpose of the membership recognition program is to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to the American Music Therapy Association, Inc




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American Music Therapy Association

Membership Recognition Program

The purpose of the membership recognition program is to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (as well as the former AAMT and NAMT associations), through education, service, clinical practice, and/or research. These awards are intended as incentives for music therapists to make long term efforts towards the development and growth of the profession of music therapy.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES
Selection shall be made by an Awards Committee comprised of three people appointed by the President. The committee shall review nominations and recommend awards recipients to the AMTA Board of Directors. No member of the Membership Recognition Award Committee or employee of AMTA shall be eligible for the awards. The committee will solicit nominations through the regional presidents, regional conferences, and regional and national newsletters. This process should be completed and nominations sent to the national office postmarked no later than the first Friday in September of the year in which the award will be given.
Nominees shall be considered each year and can be identified through self-nomination. A person may be nominated in more than one area, but may not receive more than one award in a given year. Additionally, each award category may have from one to three recipients in any given year.
An award certificate and plaque with citation highlighting the accomplishments of the recipient of the award shall be presented at the Annual Conference of AMTA by the President of the Association. Although, it can be exciting to have the nominee receive the award as a surprise, it is probably more practical for him or her to have prior knowledge of the honor since the awards are given at national conferences, and attendance would be highly desirable. The name of the person receiving the award, a photograph, and appropriate citation shall be published in an AMTA publication.

AWARD CATEGORIES
Research/Publications Award

The purpose of this award is to honor a member of the American Music Therapy Association who has contributed to the development of the profession through research, scholarly activity or creative products resulting in advanced knowledge and development in the profession of music therapy.


Selection Criteria:


  1. Nominee is making or has made significant contribution to the body of knowledge of the profession of music therapy. This will be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

    1. Involvement in or completion of an outstanding research project(s).

    2. Involvement in scholarly work resulting in a textbook(s) or monograph(s) related to refinement of professional theory and/or practice.

    3. Involvement in creative activity resulting in the marketing of an activity kit(s), recording(s), and/or compositions(s) related to the development of the practice of music therapy.

  2. Nominee shall have shared this knowledge and inspired others through both written communications (publications) and oral presentations (workshops, lectures, seminars, conference presentations).


Advocate of Music Therapy Award

The purpose of this award is to honor a person who is not a music therapist but who has contributed significantly to the field. This contribution could take the form of major and/or repeated public acknowledgement of the field of music therapy, major support through scholarships or other types of funding, or major volunteer time spent bettering the interests of the music therapy profession, or music therapy groups such as a specific region. These are examples of the kinds of contributions that could be cited in this award, but do not exclude other ways that an individual might have contributed.


Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize individual members of the American Music Therapy Association who have provided service to the Association and profession either through long term commitments or task limited activities, such as serving in national offices, as chairs of commissions, chairs of standing and ad hoc committees, and as members of the Board of Directors and/or the Assembly of Delegates.


Award of Merit

The purpose of this award is to honor a member of the American Music Therapy Association who has contributed to the development of the profession in a unique and remarkable way. Selection Criteria:




  1. Nominee shall have made an outstanding contribution to the profession of music therapy in more than one of the following areas: Therapeutic practice, education, research, and service.

  2. Nominee's contribution shall have markedly benefited the profession and Association.

  3. Nominee must qualify in each of the following categories:

    1. Communication activities that promote his/her philosophy and contributions. This can be either written (publications) or oral (presentations, seminars, or workshops).

    2. Association activities at the regional and national level, as evidenced by participation on committees, commissions, task forces, boards and/or elected positions.


Professional Practice Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize members of the American Music Therapy Association who have made a significant contribution to the practice of music therapy. The nominee shall be recognized by his/her peers as having made a significant contribution to the profession by utilizing special skills and/or knowledge in therapeutic practice, clinical supervision, education and/or administration. Both scholarly contribution and organizational leadership will be considered. The following criteria will be employed in determining this award:




  1. Development of practice models or methods of treatment/teaching of national significance.

  2. Development of clinical or academic education models, programs, or methods of national significance.

  3. Completion and publication of research concerning music therapy practice, or education that benefits the profession.

  4. Administrative leadership which enhances clinical and/or academic education, supports innovation in or improves the quality of practice or supports research.


Lifetime Achievement Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the field of music therapy. This award is bestowed by the AMTA Board of Directors on individuals to signify their having a primary role in the establishment and continued growth of the field of music therapy. This award can be given posthumously, and is the most prestigious of all the awards.



AMTA Membership Recognition Program

AWARD NOMINATION FORM

Instructions: All nominations must be typed and submitted electronically using this word document. Please provide information for all fields. Applications will be accepted electronically only. Submissions are accepted in MSWord format only. Please download/save this form to your computer, then save it as a new file, using the last name of the nominating individual and the word “Award.”. Example: If principal nominator is John Smith, the filename should be Smithaward.doc. Follow the application instruction exactly. Include all required forms and information in the order listed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
To enter required information in the Word document, click on the gray boxes below and type in your text. Don’t forget to save your work!
Electronically submit applications to wawrzusin@musictherapy.org no later than 5:00 pm on the first Friday in September of the year in which the award will be given.

Name of Award:      
Name of Nominee:      
Title of Nominee:      
Contact Information of Nominee:

Street:      

City/State:      

Zip code:       Country:      

Home phone:       Work phone:      

Mobile phone::       Email:      
Is this person an AMTA Member: yes:       no:      

Name of Nominator:      
Title/Capacity of Nominator:      
Contact Information of Nominator:

Street:      

City/State:      

Zip code:       Country:      

Home phone:       Work phone:      

Mobile phone::       Email:      
Narrative Requirements:
In the field below, please describe the professional accomplishments and personal characteristics that the nominee has demonstrated as outlined in the selection criteria, especially those for which you have first hand knowledge. The committee is interested in why you think this person deserves this award. Please limit your remarks to the front and back of the narrative page. If the person you are nominating does not have high visibility on the national level, and would therefore not be well known to the committee, it is suggested that a vita of the nominee accompany the narrative. Although, it can be exciting to have the nominee receive the award as a surprise, it is probably more practical for him or her to have prior knowledge of the honor since the awards are given at national conferences, and attendance would be highly desirable. Any other material that is deemed helpful by the nominator may also be included.

     

Signature:      
Date Submitted:      

To Submit Your Nomination:
Please complete and save this form, and send it as an attachment (see instructions above) to wawrzusin@musictherapy.org no later than 5:00 pm on the first Friday in September of the year in which the award will be given.

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