About the Austrian Association of Music Therapists (ÖBM):
Since its foundation in 1984, the ÖBM’s main goal has been representing the interests of music therapists working in Austria and to reach recognition for music therapy within the Austrian health care system.
Fifty years after the first music therapy course had started in Vienna, the Music Therapy Law finally came into effect on July 1st, 2009, thus crowning with success the decades-long efforts of ÖBM board members involved in the negotiations.
Today, ÖBM’s main goals cover…
Representation of its members regarding all profession-related matters
Information and services for members and everyone interested in music therapy:
hosting and continuously updating this website, office hours for questions and support, email newsletters for members approx. 4 times a month, ÖBM journal for members 4 times a year
Organisation of workshops, seminars, symposia, congresses, and the lecture series ÖBM Jour fixe (continuously running since 1999, three to four times a year) – see here for upcoming events, and here for previous events
Collaboration with associations of other health care professionals as well as with
music therapy organisations and training courses in Austria and abroad – see Links
Facilitation of professional exchange
Promotion of music therapy research
The ÖBM Board [“Vorstand des ÖBM”] consists of six full board members and one students’ representative, all of them serving in an honorary capacity.
As of May 2015, ÖBM has 240 full members, 40 student members, 15 supporting members, 9 organisational members, and 2 honorary members.