Welcome to Hamburg

Dear colleagues,
Dear congress participants.

On behalf of the German Music Therapy Society (DMTG), the University of Music and Drama Hamburg (HfMT) and the Medical School Hamburg (MSH), we cordially invite you to the 13th European Music Therapy Conference in Hamburg from July 23 – July 27, 2025. 

The topic of this year's conference is “Bridges”

With the motto we strive to bring contrasting viewpoints into dialogue, diverse interests into discussion and neighbouring disciplines into interaction. Therefore, we invite students, researchers and practitioners from different music therapy perspectives and from other disciplines to engage with each other in a lively and inspiring exchange.

Music itself flows and “bridges”

Music is a medium that connects, establishes contact, mediates differences, allows encounter, or bonds separate entities. Bridges also play a role in many genres of popular music: As such, the bridge might represent its own aesthetic structure and bring an exciting contrast into the music.

In music therapy we use music in many ways

Music serves as a bridge to the inner world of feelings and memories, as a bridge to non-verbal clients with disorders of consciousness or intellect, or as a bridge to overcome cultural boundaries.

The Hamburgers are excellent bridge builders

With its huge harbour, Hamburg is widely known as the gateway to the world. And with its three rivers Elbe, Bille and Alster and their tributaries and canals, the city has around 2.500 bridges – more than Amsterdam and Venice together!

The Host Team

As a triple team consisting of the German Music Therapy Association, the Hamburg University of Music and Drama and the MSH Medical School Hamburg, we will be organising the 13th European Music Therapy Conference and, as hosts, will do everything we can to make this event an unforgettable bridge-building experience.  


Call for submission opens

  • June 15, 2024

Deadline for abstract submission

  • September 15, 2024

Registration opens

  • November 1, 2024

Notification of acceptance or rejection

  • January 10, 2025

Deadline for Early bird Rates

  • February 28, 2025

Congress Dates

  • July 23-27, 2025