WFMT Recognition Program

What is the recognition program?

In April 2011, the WFMT Council decided to extend the WFMT recognition program beyond the WFMT Lifetime Membership Award, now known as the Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor major contributions in education, practice, and research of music therapists and supporters around the world.

The awards include:

the research/special projects award, honoring a music therapist who has made a significant contribution to the development of the profession through a specific research study or scholarly project.

the advocate of music therapy award, honoring a person who has made major contributions to the promotion of music therapy in an area of the world where the profession is less established.

the service award, honoring a music therapist who provides significant service to the profession of music therapy through work related to the WFMT. The work supports the growth of WFMT.

the clinical impact award, honoring a music therapist who has had a long-term impact on advancing the knowledge and practice of music therapy within a specific clinical area or population through the publication or presentation of his or her work.

2020 WFMT Award Recipients
2017 WFMT Award Recipients
2014 WFMT Award Recipients

Who is eligible for an award?

Research/Special Projects Award

Open to all music therapists.

The person needs to have completed an outstanding research project or a scholarly project that involves (a) outcome documentation, (b) clinical applications, and (c) the reporting of outcomes within a publication or via two or more oral presentations.

Advocate of Music Therapy Award

Open to all individuals, music therapists and non-music therapists, who meet the criteria. Possible contributions include repeated public presentations or workshops within the country, the development of a music therapy training program within a country, the establishment of music therapy clinical positions within a country, or the implementation of a short-term project that addressed specific needs. The nominee does not need to be a citizen of the country.Service AwardOpen to all music therapists. The nominee does not need to hold an office within WFMT, though the service to be recognized must be related to the work of the WFMT. Service can involve long-term commitments or task-specific projects.

Clinical Impact Award

Open to all music therapists who have had a long-term impact in the area of clinical work as a result of work with clients, the development of protocol or methodology, educational programs, or research. The nominee needs to demonstrate a long-term record of work and disseminated information within publications or oral presentations.

How do I nominate someone for an award?

All WFMT members, both individual and members by default through organizational membership, can nominate a candidate. The WFMT Council will review all nominations submitted online by July 31, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (CEST). Late or incomplete nominations will not be considered!

When are the awards presented?

Each award will be presented once every three years at the Opening Session of the WFMT World Congress of Music Therapy. Award recipients will be contacted in September 2022 so that they can make plans to attend the 17th World Congress of Music Therapy in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to receive the award in person. Award recipients are responsible for their own travel and congress expenses.