Boston Conference 2020

We look forward to seeing you in Boston, MA, USA, May 28-30, 2020 for the 6th International Conference of IAMM!

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers  

and invite you to submit an unpublished paper, poster, workshop, demonstration, or performance. Submissions are due on or before September 30, 2019.

For more details, please see: .

Sincerely yours,

Suzanne B. Hanser

President, Organizing Committee

Vera Brandes

Chair, Scientific Committee


IAMM 2020 International Conference





MAY 28-30, 2020







 Plan now to participate in this unique conference that will convene experts from around the world to present the latest research, clinical cases, current issues, and theories/mechanisms underlying music and medicine. The conference will be organized around Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that will prepare a conference session and follow up post-conference to produce one of the following outcomes:

*research – a collaborative research proposal

*education – a model curriculum or course

*theory – a white paper on the topic

*clinical practice – clinical guidelines or best practices

We are now identifying sponsors to subsidize costs so that registration fees, particularly for students and IAMM members in third world countries, are affordable. Registration fees, deadlines, and other details will be forthcoming on

For more information, please contact President of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Suzanne Hanser at:


Call for Special Interest Group (SIG) Leaders

IAMM is seeking individual members to propose topics and serve as leaders for Special Interest Groups. SIG leaders’ responsibilities include the following:

  1. solicit participation of approximately 8-10 topic experts in multiple disciplines, ideally from multiple continents
  2. communicate with this team of experts in advance of the conference, with the intention of drafting any of the following outcomes:
  3. research – collaborative research proposal
  4. education – model curriculum or course
  5. theory – white paper on the topic
  6. clinical practice – clinical guidelines or best practices
  7. facilitate a session on the topic at the 2020 conference

After SIGs are formed, a call for papers will be sent to the general community for conference presentations. Attendees will also participate in SIG discussions.

If you are interested in becoming a SIG leader, please send the following information to the President of the IAMM International Conference Organizing Committee, Dr. Suzanne Hanser, at, with IAMM SIG in the subject line, by June 1, 2019:

  1. Name, title, affiliation, mailing and email addresses
  2. Brief biography (100 word max)
  3. Proposed title of Special Interest Group (SIG)
  4. Brief description of focus, plan and expected outcome (research proposal, course, paper, or clinical guidelines) (200 word max)
  5. Potential invitees

SIG leaders will be decided by July 1, 2019.


Conference Schedule

 Thursday, May 28th, 2020 – Opening session in the evening

Friday, May 29th, 2020 – Conference Day 1

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 – Conference Day 2, Closing session at 7pm

Sunday, June 1st, 2020 – Post-conference meetings/workshops


Hosts/Sponsors and Collaborating Institutions

 The Music and Health Institute at Berklee College of Music is the major sponsor for the IAMM International Conference. This institute is a site for collaborations in music, medicine, technology, and health.

          Berklee College of Music is situated in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, at the core of Boston’s entertainment and cultural community. Many excellent restaurants, hotels and shops, as well as the Prudential Center, Fenway Park, Newbury Street, and the Christian Science Plaza surround Berklee’s urban campus. Symphony Hall, the Huntington Theatre, the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Common and Public Garden, and the Charles River are a short walk away. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (T) links Boston, Cambridge, and other suburbs through public subway lines and bus service.

Berklee College of Music currently has an enrollment of 6,282 undergraduate students and 480 graduate students from 95 countries. There are 929 members of the faculty in such varied departments as music therapy, film scoring, electronic production and design, jazz composition, music business and management, songwriting, and many other specialties. Students have access to over 350 ensemble and practice rooms as well as state-of-the-art recording studios and performance venues. Berklee’s Music Therapy Department was founded in 1995 and presently has 160 music therapy undergraduate students. Berklee institutes demonstrate a diversity of innovative offerings and expertise:

Music Therapy Institute

Music and Health Institute

Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

American Roots Music Program

Global Jazz Institute

India Exchange

Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship

Interdisciplinary Arts Institute

Popular Music Institute

Effortless Mastery Institute

Mediterranean Music Institute

Planet Microjam Institute

    The Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH) is an interprofessional collaborative of institutions and their representatives from some of the finest research, clinical and educational facilities in the world. BACH’s members will be active participants in the planning of the scientific, educational, and entertainment aspects of the IAMM Conference. Several members will be leading facility tours, hosting events, highlighting their talents, and providing opportunities to visit and learn from their vast and varied collective experience at the intersection of arts and health.

Other collaborating institutions include: Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical School, Boston University Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Dimock Community Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Tufts Floating Hospital for Children.


 Boston Highlights

 For information regarding visiting the City of Boston, see the following:

Guest Lodging

           Blocks of rooms will be available at the hotels listed below. All of these hotels are contiguous with Berklee’s venues and have nightly rates of approximately $299 per night.

Colonnade Hotel

Westin Copley Place Hotel

Sheraton Boston Hotel (back bay)

Hilton Boston Back Bay


Boston is New England’s largest transportation center, with Logan International Airport having undergone a recent $4 billion expansion.

  • MBTA subway + train links throughout city
  • Logan International Airport $4-billion major expansion
  • Nonstop international service from 58 destinations
  • Nonstop domestic service from 75 destinations