Our Story. Our Mission. Our Work
In November 2015, Black music therapy students and practitioners gathered together for a networking session. What was initially expected to be a meeting of 7 or 8 turned out to be a gathering of 17 people from across the U.S. This number may seem small for many, but moments like these were few and far between for the Black music therapy community. The conversations that grew from the session led to forming a Facebook group that quickly totaled over 100 members. One year later, the Black Music Therapy Network, Inc. was incorporated.
The Black Music Therapy Network, Inc.'s mission is to support the health and well-being of Black communities through music.
BMTN's work centers:
1) community-based, culturally-sustaining, knowledge of music, healing, and transformation;
2) the educational needs of practitioners at the intersection of music and health; and
3) the liberation and freedom of Black people and communities.
BMTN is an organization comprised of musicians, students, practitioners, business owners, researchers, educators, and cultural workers deeply invested in our people. We are dedicated to creating holistic supports for people racially positioned as Black who are music therapists, music therapy credential-seeking, or at the critical and community-centered intersections of music, wellness, healing, and transformation.
We seek to nurture supportive environments for members and community partners striving towards effective stewardship within the communities they serve.