BAMT, the British Association for Music Therapy (est. 2011)
In April 2011, BAMT replaced the Association of Professional Music Therapists (APMT) and the British Society for Music Therapy (BSMT). The process of merger has been ongoing for some years and every effort has been made to ensure that the new organisation will be a rich resource to meet the needs of both public and professionals. The momentous step of establishing a new organisation builds on the hard work and dedication of all the pioneers of our profession.
A legal framework has been carefully developed to create a charitable company with a subsidiary trading arm, BAMT Professional Services Limited. Now the merger is completed and this brand new website launched, the Trustees of BAMT will be in a position to concentrate on a focused strategy for the future, ensuring that the objects of the charity are fully met.
The objects of the organisation are to promote for the public benefit the art and science of Music Therapy and the use and development of Music Therapy for children and adults with a wide range of needs, to advance education in Music Therapy, and to promote understanding of Music Therapy for the general public.
BAMT is a company limited by guarantee (company no 7301585) and a registered charity (no 1137807).
APMT, Association of Professional Music Therapists (1976 - 2011)
The Association of Professional Music Therapists (APMT) was established in 1976 to support and develop the profession. Membership was open to trainee and qualified music therapists and services were provided primarily for the membership. The APMT Executive worked tirelessly over the years to achieve an international reputation for excellence in training, practice and research in Music Therapy. In 1999, the long negotiation to gain State Registration was finalised and now, as Allied Health Professionals, all practising Music Therapists are legally required to register with the Health Professions Council. The APMT also worked closely with a range of stakeholders in the UK and abroad, including the Department of Health and the Health Professions Council, now the Health and Care Professions Council. www.hcpc-uk.org
BSMT, British Society for Music Therapy (1958 - 2011)
The British Society for Music Therapy, a registered charity, was founded in 1958 by Juliette Alvin and her colleagues under the name of 'Society for Music Therapy and Remedial Music' with the object of promoting the use and development of music therapy.
At that time music therapy was scarcely known as a profession, although music had been acknowledged as a means of healing for thousands of years. The BSMT was vital in supporting the work of the early pioneers and in helping the developing profession to gain the respect and status which it now enjoys. The BSMT grew into an organisation which reached people with an interest in music therapy all over the UK and worldwide.
The BSMT acted as an advisory body and was a centre of information and dissemination on services, training, bibliography and research, receiving from home and abroad a vast number of enquiries on all aspects of music therapy.
Membership of the British Society for Music Therapy was open to anyone interested in music therapy.