IAMM Conferences

Erika Sato MD, MA, Japan

The International Association for Music & Medicine (IAMM) is a registered not-for-profit organization formed in 2009 to encourage and support the use of music in medical contexts including research into the benefits of music, and its specialized applications in healthcare. IAMM is a global community of multi-disciplinary professionals and learners who work at the intersection of music and medicine/health.

The IAMM currently provides virtual seminars, events, and interactive forums, in addition to an international conference every two years. Our bi-annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals from around the world to come together to network, teach, and learn from each other. Our conferences have taken place in Ireland, Thailand, Canada, China, Spain, the USA, Greece, and online. Learn more about these momentous events below!

The 7th International Conference of the IAMM

in Athens, Greece, May, 28-29th, 2022

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The 7th International Conference of the IAMM was held in Athens, Greece. Meetings and presentations from Greek and international invited speakers took place in person and through live streaming. Additionally, a week of online-only presentations took place  between May 30 and June 3, 2022

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate maximum international participation, it was possible to opt to attend the conference virtually or in-person.

Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, offering centuries-old history to be explored and enjoyed. According to Plato, one of the first schools of music education was founded by the people of Crete followed by the musical schools of Athens, where students were taught to sing and play the lyre. It was a pleasure for the conference to be held in this magical and historical city.

The 6th International Conference of the IAMM

as Virtual Events - 2020

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IAMM's Sixth International Conference was meant to take place in Boston in 2020. We looked forward to meeting you and people from around the world who work and play at the intersection of music and medicine. The Conference became IAMM2020, a series of virtual events that showcased the talent and expertise of those accepted to present and perform, as well as new colleagues.

This included online access to recordings of 13 keynote presentations, IAMM's 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert, 8 Special Interest Group webinar recordings, over 50 papers/posters and a new series of live-streamed events, and "IAMM Insights", exploring music and medicine.

Unfortunately, the content from IAMM2020 has expired. Please explore our events for IAMM2021 and stay tuned for more information on our next conference in Athens, Greece which is happening May 26th - 29th, 2022.

The 5th International Conference of the IAMM

in Barcelona, Spain, June, 7-9th, 2018

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Between June 7 and 10, 2018, the 5th IAMM Conference was held in Barcelona (Spain) with great scientific interest and a very pleasant atmosphere for all the participants. The proximity of the sea, the port of Barcelona and its boats, as well as the flow of recreational and sports boats, relaxed the brief moments of rest between sessions.

In addition to the wonderful environment, the World Trade Center of Barcelona, the quality of the presentations, communications and posters allowed Núria Escudé, Fabrizio Acanfora and Josep Planas as hosts to ask all those who presented their research, experiences, and science in the field of music therapy and medicine to express their interesting contributions in brief writings.

The 4th International Conference of the IAMM

in Beijing, China, June, 11-15th, 2016


Music therapists, medical doctors, researchers, nurses, musicians and students from all over the world attended the 4th World Conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine Conference in Beijing, China. It was a great honor for us to hold this special conference and we sincerely thank our host Prof. Tian Gao and his team directed by Jing-Wen Zhang, Bing Li, the members of IAMM’s board of directors, our scientific committee, our speakers, presenters, participants, sponsors, exhibitors, representatives of supporting organizations and everybody who helped organizing this great event. We look back to an inspirational sharing and exchanging of knowledge and skills from all related professionals.

The 3rd International Conference of the IAMM

in Toronto, Canada, June, 24-27th, 2014


The theme of “Music Medicine through the Lifespan” addressed important issues related to music, health, and aging that are becoming increasingly important to society. The Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) met June 22-24, on the complementary theme “Celebrating 40 years of Music Therapy across the Lifespan.” Both CAMT and IAMM featured an extraordinary group of leading international researchers and practitioners in music therapy and music medicine.

We thank program co-hosts Lee Bartel (University of Toronto, MaHRC), Heidi Ahonen (Wilfrid Laurier University, CIMTR), and Amy Clements-Cortes (CAMT, UofT, Baycrest) and their many colleagues for their superb organizational work. For the University of Toronto, Music & Health (including music therapy and music medicine) is an interdisciplinary research priority. MaHRC (the Music and Health Research Collaboratory) is quickly developing into one of UofT’s leading global research initiatives. MaHRC is building a critical mass of expertise in areas that we all recognize will promote healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy world. Conferences such as these for CAMT and IAMM represent opportunities for collaborative exchange of knowledge and strategies that will help us togetherachieve these goals.

The 2nd International Conference of the IAMM

in Bangkok, Thailand, July, 3rd-6th, 2012

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Photo of the Mahavajiravudh Building, Chulalongkorn University. Taken from Wikimedia Commons.

The Power of Music in Medicine and Health Care was the leading theme of the second International Conference of Music & Medicine, held in Thailand, July 3-6, 2012. A dedicated group of members and associates of the International Association for Music & Medicine (IAMM) worked tirelessly to ensure a superb experience for every delegate. With 3 enticing keynote addresses, and more than 40 papers from presenters traveling from 18 countries of the globe, it was an exciting event for intercultural learning, and inter-professional networking.

The 1st International Conference of the IAMM

Music in Medicine and Therapy Mozart & Science 2010

in Krems, Austria, November, 4th-6th, 2010

Image of Krems Altstadt from Wikimedia Commons.
Image of Krems Altstadt from Wikimedia Commons.

The first World Conference of IAMM took place as the third Mozart & Science Congress which  focused on the topic of music therapy and music medicine for clinical and outpatient requirements of doctors and nurses, specifically in the fields of chronobiology, brain research and the practice of music therapy.

The conference in Krems oriented its lectures towards medical fields such as oncology, dementia, epilepsy, depression, neurology, psychiatry, psychosomatics and trauma. Keynote Lectures provided overarching perspectives which allowed first-time attendees to understand what the physiological and psychological basis of the effects of music are.