WCMT 2023



Updates from the WCMT 2023 Planning Committee

– November 1, 2022 –

This is an exciting time in the preparation for the 17th World Congress of Music Therapy!

On October 31st, registration for #WCMT2023 opened and notification letters were sent out to
individuals who submitted proposals to present.

You can register at www.wcmt2023.org/registration.

We’d like to thank Dr. Petra Kern, the Scientific Committee Chair, and all members of the #WCMT2023 International Scientific Committee for their time and expertise reviewing 540 proposals! This group of professionals has members from all 8 regions of the world representing 17 countries. We know the scientific program will be robust, engaging and enriching with over 150 oral presentations as well as several online multi-media e-posters and a library of pre-recorded videos.

The Planning Committee has been working on creating a wonderful congress experience for you in Vancouver, Canada with opportunities to tour some local sites when you are not at congress sessions. These include visits to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Craft Beer Market.

There are 20 experts involved in 4 Spotlight Sessions on topics including: The Future of Research in Music Therapy: Topics & Methodologies, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Music Therapy, Telehealth in Music Therapy, and The Future of Music and Music Therapy in Healthcare.

To continue with our focus on accessibility, individuals who cannot attend in-person, can access remote options including Live Streaming of the Spotlight Sessions, a multi-media e-poster platform available during and after the congress and access to a library of pre-recorded videos available after the congress.

We can’t wait to see you in July!

Pam Lansbergen, Congress Organizer

– August 16 2022 –

Dear Global Music Therapy Community,

We would like to provide you with an update.

We fully appreciate times are different and the world climate is ever changing. 

In listening to the needs of their members, the WFMT has expressed the desire to transition their congresses to a fully hybrid format moving forward due to equity considerations – wanting to make it accessible to as many music therapists worldwide as possible. This means moving towards a congress that is live, online and in real-time.

The Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) embraces equity, accessibility, and bilingualism as three of its core value threads. Honouring these values is the reason live-streaming for the spotlight sessions, multi-media e-poster platform as well as online access to pre-recorded video content, were included in the original planning phase.

The difference between this plan and a fully hybrid format is that all time zones will be able to access the content at a time that is convenient to them.

We hope that the addition of the live-streaming spotlight sessions and pre-recorded video package will serve as a useful transition toward future WCMTs being fully hybrid.

We are pleased to say we received an overwhelming response to our Call for Submissions and are currently in the review period. This bodes well in the building of what will prove to be a very exciting and diverse program. In October, we will be opening Registration along with the ability to secure accommodations in Vancouver for next July. 

Regarding the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation and if there is a need to adjust our format, we will do so in a timely manner and make all of the necessary changes and announcements. The health and safety of the global music therapy community, and subsequently our clients,  is of utmost importance and will always be a priority consideration in our planning efforts. 

We wish you all well and we hope to see you in Vancouver next year!

WCMT 2023 Planning Committee