MARYLAND ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC THERAPY
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
Article I – Purpose
Section 1. The Maryland Association for Music Therapy shall cooperate in the
advancement of the purposes and objectives of the American Music Therapy
Association and of the Mid Atlantic Region, as stated in their constitution.
Section 2. MAMT’s specific purpose is the advancement of Music Therapy as a
professional discipline in the state of Maryland.
Article II – Membership
Section 1. Membership in the Association shall be of four classes: Professional,
Student, Associate, and Retired Music Therapist.
Section 2. Membership privileges shall be specified in the by-laws.
A. Professional – shall be open to all persons who graduated from a Music
Therapy program and are recognized as a professional by the Certification
Board for Music Therapist and/or The American Music Therapy
Association, and who reside in or are professionally engaged in Music
Therapy within the State of Maryland. Professional membership shall
provide the privileges of participation in all of the activities of the
Association, the right to vote, the right to hold office, and receive any and
all publications produced by the Association.
B. Student – shall be open to all persons enrolled in a college, university or
clinical internship program who are pursuing Music Therapy as a
profession. Student membership shall provide the privilege of participation
in the all of the activities of the Association and to receive any and all
publications, but does not provide the right to vote or hold office, except for
Student Representative, if the board elects to have one.
C. Associate – shall be open to individuals or organizations who are not Music
Therapists themselves, but are interested music therapy. Associate
membership is also open to professionals recognized as a professional by
the Certification Board for Music Therapist and/or The American Music
Therapy Association who do not reside in or work in the state of Maryland.
Associate membership shall provide the privilege of participation in the all
of the activities of the Association and to receive any and all publications,
but does not provide the right to vote or hold office. Associate members can
participate on committees.
D. Retired – shall be open to those who worked professionally as Music
Therapists as recognized by the Certification Board for Music Therapist
and/or the American Music Therapy Association, but are now retired. All
rights and privileges of the Professional member apply to this membership
Article III – Officers
Section 1. The elected officers of the Maryland Association for Music Therapy
shall be elected by ballot during the business meeting immediately preceding the
beginning of the fiscal year.
Section 2. The elected officers of the Association shall be President, Vice-
President, Treasurer, Member at Large, Public Relations Chair and Government
Relations Chair. These will be the voting executive committee members.
Section 3. The executive committee shall consist of the President, Vice-
President, Treasurer, Member at Large, Public Relations Chair and Government
Relations Chair and the following appointees: Secretary and Web Site
Section 4. The authority and duty of officers shall be defined by the by-laws.
Section 5. Officers shall serve a term of two years or until the next subsequent
Section 6. Appointed officers and members of standing committees shall be
appointed by the President with approval of the Executive Committee.
A. The President shall preside at all business meetings of the Association, call
and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee, appoint with the
approval of the executive committee all appointed officers and all standing
and special committees, designating the chairman of each special
committee, be an ex-official member of all committees without a right to
vote and perform the other duties implied by the title. The President shall
fulfill requirements and duties as stated in the Constitution and By-laws of
the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) as the Maryland Representative to MAR.
B. The Vice-President shall serve as membership chairman and shall assume
all duties of the President in case of the resignation, disability or absence of
the President. The Vice-President is also in charge of preparing proposed
revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws to be voted on by membership.
C. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all business meetings of the
Association and all meetings of the Executive Committee. The Secretary is
also responsible for preparing an Agenda to be presented to the Executive
Committee and/or Membership one week prior to the meeting. Submissions
to the agenda should be given to the Secretary two weeks prior to the
D. The Treasurer shall be responsible for collecting all membership dues, pay
all bills authorized by the Executive Committee; shall keep an itemized
account of all receipts and disbursements; shall present a financial report
upon request by the President and present a written report to the
Association at the business meeting immediately preceding the beginning
of the fiscal year. The Treasurer shall serve as Fund-raising Chair. The
Treasurer will also be responsible for coordinating funds from MAR as
E. The Member-At-Large shall be the immediate Past-President or member
from the immediate outgoing Executive Committee; shall assist in
conducting the business at hand and carry out any duties assigned to them
by the President and the Executive Committee.
F. The Public Relations Chairman for the Association shall proactively foster
favorable relations between the MAMT and the Mid-Atlantic Region, the
American Music Therapy Association, appropriate organizations and the
public at large.
G. The Government Relations Chairman for the Association shall fulfill
requirements and duties as stated in the Constitution and By-laws of the
Association, the Mid-Atlantic Region, and the American Music Therapy
Association, while maintaining regular communications between all
organizations and representing MAMT to the media. The Government
Relations Chairman will also serve as liaison between the State Task Force
and MAR’s and AMTA’s Government Relation Chair.
H. The Website Coordinator will maintain the website and other social media
as determined by the board. The website coordinator does not have to be a
I. All elected Executive Board Members will chair a standing committee as
determined by need by the membership and board during their 2-year term
except for the President
Article IV – Elections
Section 1. Elections procedures will be outlined in the bylaws.
A. A nominating committee of three members shall be appointed by the
Executive Committee, one of whom shall be designated as chairperson by
B. The nominating committee shall present the names of the nominees for
each of the elective officers to be voted upon by the membership.
C. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.
D. Removal from Office: Any officer may be removed for non-performance at
any duly constituted meeting by a majority vote of the members of the
Association or any two-thirds vote of the Executive Board. In all cases, the
Officer shall be notified no less than fourteen (14) days prior to placing the
removal of office on the agenda and shall have the right of appeal with the
Executive Board before a vote is taken. The officer being removed shall be
notified in writing by the Executive Board with the notice sent to the
known address held by the Secretary.
E. Vacancies: A vacancy in any office arising from any cause whatsoever may
be filled ProTempore by the Executive Board at any regular or special
meeting by an affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining officers and
then a formal mail ballot will proceed for election of a new officer. An
officer so elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of
the predecessor in office.
F. Powers: The Executive Board shall have control and management of the
business, funds and property of the Association. The Executive Board may
appoint standing or special committees and agents, and may exercise all
such powers and do all such lawful acts on behalf of the Association.
Article V – Meetings
Section 1. Meetings of the Association shall be held at such times and places
determined by the Executive Committee with input from membership.
A. The Executive Committee shall meet a minimum of two times per year.
Article VI – Dues
Section 1. Annual dues shall be specified in the by-laws.
A. The fiscal year shall be January 1 through December 31.
B. All members of the Association shall pay annual dues on or before January
15th. Amount of the dues shall be set by vote of the Association members,
but in no case shall be less than twenty dollars ($20.00) for Professional
and Associate members, fifteen dollars ($15.00) for Retired members, and
ten dollars ($10.00) for Student Members.
Article VII – Quorum
Section 1. A majority of the Executive Committee including two elected officers
must be present for an Executive Committee meeting.
Section 2. A majority of the Executive Committee plus 5% of the eligible voting
membership shall constitute quorum for a business meeting.
Article VIII – Amendments
Section 1. The Constitution may be amended at any regularly called meeting of
the Association by a two-thirds vote of the eligible voting members present, the
proposed amendments having been submitted to the membership at least two
weeks in advance of the meeting.
Section 2. This Constitution may also be amended by email vote solicited from
the total membership, the amendments having been submitted to the membership
by email at least three weeks before the vote is due. A 2/3 affirmative of the
members responding is necessary for change, adoption, or repeal of an
Article IX– Record Keeping
Section 1. The financial records of the Association will consist of a checking
account. The Treasurer of the Association is responsible for the monies and is
accountable to the membership for the accurate record keeping and balances.
Section 2. Financial Audit: There will be an auditing of the association’s
financial records in the second year of the Treasurer’s term of office. The audit
will be performed by the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and one person
appointed from the board. If needed, the Executive Committee can call for an
audit at any time.
Section 3. Financial Report: There will be at least one financial report presented
to the membership each year.