Music Therapy Advocacy

A photo of Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy with task force members Nancy Swanson and Victoria Storm.
Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy (center) pictured with task force members Nancy Swanson (left) and Victoria Storm (right).

Music Therapy Bill in Illinois
Senate Bill 1198- Music Therapy License and Practicing Act

The Illinois State Recognition Task Force continues to partner with Senator Laura Murphy who has sponsored a bill for licensure of music therapists in Illinois- SB1198. This bill is co-sponsored by Senators Bennett and Bertino-Tarrant. As of January 1, 2020, SB1198 is awaiting a Senate committee hearing. Plans for a February Hill Day to advocate for the bill and the music therapy profession are in the works. Legislators are also being invited to attend the Keynote Address and the Great Lakes Regional Music Therapy conference on Friday, March 6, 2020. 

In the meantime, all Illinois music therapists, as well as colleagues and employers are asked to reach out to their legislators, educate them about the profession, and ask for their support. Include this document, Please Support Senate Bill 1198, with your interactions with the legislators.

An image with information on contacting your legislators.

For all advocacy questions, please contact Nancy Swanson, MA, MT-BC.