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Business Spotlight: Center for Music Therapy, Inc.

Name:  Center for Music Therapy, Inc.
Website:  www.centerformusictherapy.com
Facebook Page:  Center for Music Therapy

Mission/About:  Center for Music Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated for 25 years to making music therapy and other sensory-based interventions more accessible to consumers by providing traditional and non-traditional therapies, treatment services, programs, classes, technologies and products.

Hope Young, Stephen Bartlett Co-producers, Ray Benson, supporter and brought producers together for project, Dick Reeves, advisor to: Movement Tracks Project (Photo Credit: Movement Tracks Project)

Hope Young, Stephen Bartlett Co-producers, Ray Benson, supporter and brought producers together for project, Dick Reeves, advisor to: Movement Tracks Project (Photo Credit: Movement Tracks Project)

When and who founded the nonprofit?  Hope Young, founded 1990, Austin, Texas.

Could you describe the nonprofit?  The Center for Music Therapy was founded in 1990 to make music therapy more accessible to the Central Texas area. Proud to be a locally-owned Austin original business, the Center is also the first and oldest for-profit music therapy facility in the world.  Its newest site at 711 West 38th Street is the most technologically advanced facility in the world specifically designed to treat neurologic movement conditions and disorders through music. In its long history, the Center for Music Therapy has provided services for many area hospitals including St. David’s Hospital and Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital as well as facilities in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi.  All of its music therapists are certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists and our physical therapist by the State of Texas. The Center for Music Therapy is a licensed physical therapy facility by the State of Texas.

Where are you based and what sets the organization apart?  We are based in Austin, Texas.  We are the most highly technically advanced outpatient music therapy facility in the world to receive treatments for a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, head injury and stroke.

Alexsey with his Dad and their composition team helping us on recording composition. He has cerebral palsy as does Lila seen in other image. (Photo Credit: Movement Tracks Project)

Alexsey with his Dad and their composition team helping us on recording composition. He has cerebral palsy as does Lila seen in other image. (Photo Credit: Movement Tracks Project)

What initiatives is the organization currently working on?  The Movement Tracks Project.

What annual fundraising events does the organization hold? We do not regularly do fund raising. We currently have a Kick Starter Campaign going on to fund this groundbreaking advance for brain based music technology to help children with cerebral palsy and adults with Parkinson’s disease walk better.

What achievements is the organization most proud of?  25 years of consistently attaining great treatment outcomes where we improved and changing lives for thousands through the power of music.  We also have been honored by great recognition through the years with our work being recognized in the Journal of the American Medical Association, CBS 48hrs, New York Times Best Seller “Mozart Effect” and many others.  We also are proud to have been the first to get music therapy reimbursed by insurance companies and create affordable price points and treatment options so people can to access the care they need.  That has been a big deal.

 Composing music based on Lila Traugott’s movement response to music with help from project team therapist Emily Morris and her mom. (Photo Credit: Movement Tracks Project)

Composing music based on Lila Traugott’s movement response to music with help from project team therapist Emily Morris and her mom. (Photo Credit: Movement Tracks Project)

Do you work with any brands on cause marketing products or services? No

How can people get involved?  They can call or email the Center for Music Therapy to request treatment or volunteer: admin@centerformusictherapy.com  If they want to get involved in our current Movement Tracks Project they simply go to:  www.movementtracksproject.com

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