The NMC Constitution

 

  1. NAME
    The Name of this organisation shall be The National Music Council of the United Kingdom.
  2. HEADQUARTERS
    The Headquarters of this Council shall be in London, unless the Council decide on another place.
  3. AIMS
    a. to promote and assist in the advancement of musical education as far as such promotion and assistance shall be of a charitable nature and to foster and increase the appreciation and understanding of the art of music in all its forms;
    b. to carry out research activities regarding music and its place in the national life of the United Kingdom;
    c. to represent the United Kingdom as the British Section of the International Music Council and to appoint representatives to the International Music Council;
    d. to carry out in the United Kingdom such aims of the International Music Council as may be approved by the National Music Council;
    e. to arrange conferences, whether on a regional or national basis, for the discussion of problems affecting Britain's musical life;
    f. to encourage at every level the practice, performance and appreciation of music;
    g. to foster and develop music education;
    h. to publish all such literature as the executive may think fit; and
    i. to undertake such projects and enter into such engagements that will assist in the fulfillment of all or any of the aforementioned aims.
  4. MEMBERSHIP
    a. Group Members - The Council may accept as group members organisations dedicated to the aims and continuance of the Council, and such groups shall be representatives of every aspect of music, professional and amateur, creative, concert-giving, recording, the manufacture and distribution of musical instruments, the publishing of music and all kindred activities.
    b. Honorary Members - The Council may offer honorary membership to persons who have rendered distinguished service to the cause of music.
    c. Associate Membership - Associate membership shall be open to those individuals or associations not directly connected with music, but having an interest and who have helped or are willing to help the work of the Council.
  5. FEES
    a. Group Members - Each Group Member, as a condition of membership, shall make an annual contribution to the funds of the Council, of such amount as shall be determined by the Council, such contribution shall be paid within 90 days of the receipt by the Group Member of the Council’s invoice. In the event of the Group Member failing to pay in a timely manner it shall automatically cease to be in membership.
    b. Honorary Members - These shall be members without fees..
    c. Associate Members - The contribution of Associate Members to the funds of the Council shall be determined by the Executive.
  6. AUTHORITY AND EXECUTIVE POWERS
    a. The final authority of the Council in all matters, except as otherwise stated in the Constitution, is the Council in Annual Meeting, or in a General Meeting convened by a demand in writing from one third of all the Group Members of the Council.
    b. Council - Each group shall elect a representative or representatives to attend Council meetings, but not more than three representatives may attend on behalf of each Group. Each Group shall be entitled to cast one vote. The Council shall appoint a President and other such officers as it deems fit who shall hold office for three years. At meetings of the Council FIVE shall form a quorum.
    c. Executive - The Annual Meeting of the Council shall elect annually a maximum of eleven members to the Executive Committee, from those Group Members who have indicated their willingness to stand (for the avoidance of doubt Group members rather than individual representatives of such Group Members shall be elected to the Executive Committee). The Executive Committee shall elect a Chair, Deputy-Chair and Honorary Treasurer and shall have the power to co-opt other individuals (whether or not they are Members of the Council) who shall become members of the Executive Committee without voting rights. Seven days notice shall be given of the meetings of the Executive Committee which shall meet at least four times a year. At meetings of the Executive Committee FOUR shall form a quorum.
    d. Administrator - The Administrator shall be the Chief Officer and shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and be responsible to the Executive Committee for the carrying out the work of the Council and the conditions of his appointment shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
  7. AMENDMENT OF AIMS AND CONSTITUTION
    Proposals to change the Aims and Constitution of the Council shall be made formally in writing (which shall include electronic communication) at least 21 days before the Annual General Meeting. Amendments to the Aims and Constitution shall be effective only when they are passed by a simple majority of those present and voting.
  8. VOTING
    At meetings of the Council each Group shall be entitled to cast one vote although it should be open to groups to send more than one representative. Except as in Article 7, decisions shall be taken on a majority vote.
  9. FINANCE
    The financial year of the Council shall be from April 1 - March 31 of the following year, unless otherwise decided by the Council. The Executive Committee shall determine ways and means of the Council and shall be responsible for seeing that proper books of accounts are kept and shall submit to the Annual General Meeting a Balance Sheet of Income and Expenditure. Auditors, whether honorary or otherwise, shall be appointed by the Executive.
  10. SUB-COMMITTEES
    The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint such Sub-Committees as it deems necessary.
  11. WINDING UP
    In the event of the Council deciding to wind up its affairs and determining to terminate its existence, all monies and properties possessed by the Council shall be given to another organisation whose aims are as close to those of the Council as possible.

As approved at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 8 December 2011.