The development of music therapy as a profession in the form of a European wide organisation began in 1989 with the foundation of the European Music Therapy Association, EMTA, as a forum for exchange between music therapists in Europe. In 1991, the Stichting Muziektherapie organised the first pre-conference “Music Therapy in Health and Education in the European Community” and since then regular conferences in the form of professional meetings have been held: 1992 in Spain (Vitoria-Gasteiz), 1995 in Denmark (Aalborg), 1998 in Belgium (Leuven), 2001 in Italy (Naples), 2004 in Finland (Jyväskylä), 2007 in The Netherlands (Eindhoven) , 2010 in Spain (Cadiz), 2013 in Norway (Oslo).
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 Board consisting of a Core Board (President and 2 vice Presidents: General Secretary and Treasurer) and three regional country coordinators.
Current status and 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 2015 membership includes music therapists from 28 European countries, 43 music therapy member associations representing 5,683 European music therapists.
In 2016 Austria will host the 10th European music therapy congress: www.emtc2016.at
European Music Therapist Register (EMTR)
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 level of higher education standards of master degree.
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.
The European Music Therapy Confederation was founded in 1991, 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.