NMT + Non-Profit Music Therapy: A Beautiful Marriage

Springtime Blessings to you, fellow music therapist!

Congratulations to the regional conference raffle winners! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor who sponsored our raffle, Drew Davenport of Columbus, OH and Wendy Stapley, MT-BC of Mesa, AZ each won a free CMTE course!

What a whirlwind of a conference week last week. If you attended a regional, then I hope you are now home, safe, sound, comfortable, and totally energized from seeing colleagues in various parts of the country.

Need handouts from my presentations? Scroll down.

This Week’s Shout-Out: Suzanne Oliver, MT-BC

Suzanne Oliver, MT-BCI spent a large portion of my day yesterday chewing the fat with Suzanne Oliver, MT-BC, in Phoenix, AZ at an enormous music therapy clinic called NMT Services of Arizona.

Video camera in hand, I walked through a couple dozen clinic and office rooms, met a good handful of music therapists, thumbed through the extensive community library in the waiting area, and had the absolute honor of interviewing the master mind behind NMT Services of Arizona.

I was blown away by Suzanne’s knowledge, background, and expertise. She was one of the first (if not THE first) business owners in Arizona, starting in 1982. She started out as a sole proprietorship, grew to manage 21 therapists in the Phoenix metro-area, and eventually went non-profit in about 2006.

Her first clinic space opened in 2001. She told me that in order to make a smooth transition, she and her team scheduled four community forums in various areas of Phoenix. In these forums, they described all the benefits of moving to a space.

In a very short span of time, she moved her giant practice from 100% out in-the-field to 99% in-the-clinic. I thought that was fascinating, seeing as how so many music therapy business owners are concerned about client retention during a move.

This was the second stop of the Open Your DREAM Clinic Tour. More to come next month!

Be well, feel good, and keep rockin’ music therapy,

Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC
Curator, MusicTherapyEd.com

PS Here are my presentation handouts and resources from the MAR-AMTA Institute and WRAMTA concurrent sessions:
Heart-Based, Authentic Marketing For Music Therapists Slide Deck
Heart-Based, Authentic Marketing For Music Therapists Action Planner
Heart-Based, Authentic Marketing For Music Therapists Resources
Music Therapy Business Owners Videos

Get Drumified With Older Adults Action Planner
Get Drumified With Older Adults Resources
Drumming, Chanting, Session Ideas Videos

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