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.
Please see document below written by David Luck of City of London Archives.