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

meeting.

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

Music Therapist.

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

the President.

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.