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As a Society ISME has a Constitution and Bylaws which govern the functioning of the external and internal activities of the Society. The Constitution can only be amended and changed through a decision taken by the General Assembly. Bylaws, too, are the responsibility of the General Assembly.

Constitution

Article I - Name

The name of the organisation shall be the International Society for Music Education. The official abbreviation shall be ISME.

Article II - Purpose

The purpose of the Society shall be to promote music in the education of people of all ages throughout the world, to enable every person to enjoy music and to take part freely in the musical life of the community, and to assist music educators in the preservation and teaching of the music cultures of human society while developing creative and competent musicians for the contemporary world.

In order to realise the purpose of the Society the Board of Directors shall:

  1. organise regular and special conferences;
  2. issue such publications as may be deemed necessary;
  3. establish, or recommend to the General Assembly the establishment of, Commissions, Councils and Committees as appropriate for carrying out the work of the Society;
  4. authorise such other activities as may be appropriate to achieve the purpose of the Society.

The Society shall operate on a non-profit basis.

Article III - Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall be the legal representative of the Society and as such shall hold and administer all property, funds and affairs of the Society. Provisions for the regulation of the internal affairs of the Society shall be specified in the Bylaws of the Society.

Article IV - Membership

The Board of Directors shall propose appropriate categories of membership for the Society. Such categories shall be approved by the General Assembly.

Article V - General Assembly

The members shall be convened in a General Assembly at each biennial conference of the Society. Provisions governing meetings of the General Assembly shall be specified in the Bylaws of the Society.

Article VI - Elections

The manner of the election or appointment of the officers of the Society and the members of the Board of Directors shall be specified in the Bylaws of the Society.

Article VII - Affiliations

On the recommendation of the Board of Directors, and with the approval of the General Assembly, the Society may affiliate with such other international organisations as may seem mutually desirable.

Article VIII - Amendments

Amendments to this Constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds majority of Voting Delegates casting votes in the General Assembly. The text of any amendment proposed by a member shall be accompanied by the name and signature of the member proposing the amendment and the name and signature of the member seconding it and shall be received by the Secretary General at least 90 days prior to the meeting of the General Assembly at which it is to be considered. The text of any proposed amendment to the Constitution to be considered at a meeting of the General Assembly shall be provided to each member of the Society by the Secretary General at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

Article IX - Dissolution

  1. The dissolution of the Society may be pronounced only at a meeting of the General Assembly specifically convened for that purpose. A two-thirds majority of the Voting Delegates casting votes shall be required to dissolve the Society.
  2. Any assets remaining to the Society shall be disposed of by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Such assets shall be donated to one or more non-profit organisations pursuing aims similar to those of the Society. In no event may any portion of such assets be distributed among the members of the Society.

Bylaws

Bylaw I - Membership and Dues

  1. Membership in the Society shall require:
    • Written application to the Secretary General
    • Payment of dues
  2. Categories of membership shall include but not be limited to:
    • Honorary Life
    • Individual
    • Group
    • Associate
    • Patron
  3. The conditions, rights and privileges of the various categories of membership shall be specified by the Board of Directors.
  4. Dues for the various categories of membership shall be fixed by the Finance Committee with the approval of the Board of Directors within limits established by the General Assembly.
  5. Membership in the Society shall be for a one-year period beginning on the first of the month in which the application is received by the ISME Secretary General.
  6. The fiscal biennium of the Society shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Bylaw II - General Assembly

  1. Members of the Society shall be notified of the time and place of each meeting of the General Assembly by the Secretary General at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Each member of the Society present shall be considered a member of the General Assembly.
    • A report by the Board of Directors on the activities of the Society;
    • A financial report by the Board of Directors;
    • A proposed budget for the forthcoming biennium;
    • The establishment of limits for dues for the various categories of membership;
    • Reports by Commissions, Councils or Committees as requested by the Board of Directors;
    • A report on the election of the President-Elect and Members-At-Large of the Board of Directors;
    • An announcement of the date and place of the next meeting of the General Assembly.
  2. The agenda for an ordinary session of the General Assembly shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
  3. Any member in attendance at a meeting of the General Assembly shall have the right to propose and second resolutions. The text of any resolution proposed by a member shall be accompanied by the name and signature of the member proposing the resolution and the name and signature of the member seconding it and shall be received by the Secretary General at least 48 hours prior to the meeting of the General Assembly at which the resolution is to be considered. Consideration of any resolution shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.
  4. In all matters brought before the General Assembly, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, voting shall be by nation, and each nation represented in the General Assembly shall have one vote. The Voting Delegate for each nation shall be selected at a meeting of the members of the Society present from that nation. The name of the Voting Delegate from each nation shall be delivered to the Secretary General by a representative from that nation prior to the convening of the General Assembly. In the event of a dispute as to who holds the right to vote for a nation, a decision shall be rendered by the Board of Directors.
  5. All voting in the General Assembly shall be conducted by a show of hands, except that a secret, written ballot shall be taken on any issue at the request of at least one Voting Delegate.
  6. Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, all actions by the General Assembly shall require a simple majority of the votes cast.
  7. In the event of a parity of votes the vote of the presiding officer shall be decisive.
  8. Issues concerning rules of order or procedure pertaining to meetings of the General Assembly, the Board of Directors or other official bodies of the Society shall be decided by the presiding officer.

Bylaw III - Officers

  1. The officers of the Society shall be the President, President-Elect, Past President, and two Members-At-Large of the Board of Directors elected by the Board. The officers of the Society shall also function as the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and as the Finance Committee of the Society.
  2. The President shall be the official representative of the Society. The President shall direct and supervise the activities of the Society and consult regularly with the officers and members of the Board of Directors. The President's duties shall include presiding at meetings of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors. In the event of the absence of the President his or her duties shall be assumed by the President-Elect or the Past President, in that order.
  3. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the funds of the Society, which shall be disbursed upon signatures according to procedures prescribed by the Board. At each ordinary session of the General Assembly the Board of Directors shall report on the finances of the Society during the past biennium and present a projected budget for the coming biennium.
  4. In the event of the temporary incapacity of any officer the Executive Committee may, on the nomination of the President, designate a substitute to serve until the incapacity no longer exists.

Bylaw IV - Board of Directors

  1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Past President, and twelve Members-At-Large, two of whom shall serve as officers of the Society.
  2. Prior to each ordinary session of the General Assembly the Finance Committee shall submit a proposed budget for the forthcoming biennium to the Board of Directors for its approval. The Board of Directors shall then submit a proposed budget for the biennium to the General Assembly for approval. The Finance Committee may authorise expenditures of Society funds until the General Assembly has approved a budget for the biennium.
  3. Only Board members present at meetings of the Board of Directors shall have the right to vote.
  4. A quorum of the Board of Directors shall consist of one-half of its members.
  5. The Board of Directors may delegate powers to the Executive Committee.

Bylaw V - Administration

  1. The Board of Directors shall appoint a Secretary General. The Board can appoint additional administrative personnel or can authorise the Secretary General to do so.
  2. The duties of the Secretary General shall be to conduct the daily business of the Society within the framework of the resolutions of the General Assembly, according to instructions of the Board of Directors.

Bylaw VI - Elections

  1. The President-Elect and Members-At-Large of the Board of Directors shall be elected by the members of the Society. Voting shall be conducted in a manner as provided for by the Board of Directors. Ballots and necessary supporting information shall be distributed at least sixty (60) days prior to the close of voting to all members of record who are eligible to vote. The closing date for voting shall be designated by the Board of Directors and stated on the ballots.
  2. Prior to each election of the Society the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee to solicit and review nomination for President-Elect and for Members-At-Large of the Board of Directors for the next biennium and to recommend candidates to the Board. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Past President, who shall serve as Chair, and four other members. The Nominating Committee shall present to the Board of Directors a slate of not more than two candidates for each office to be filled. Every effort shall be made to present a balanced and diverse slate, particularly with respect to geography. The Board of Directors shall approve a slate of candidates for presentation to the membership.
  3. At the expiration of his or her term the President shall succeed automatically to the office of Past President and the President-Elect shall succeed automatically to the office of President.
  4. Each officer and each Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors shall serve a two-year term beginning at the conclusion of the General Assembly at which he or she is elected.
  5. A Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors may be re-elected for one additional term, after which he or she shall be ineligible for the same office for a two-year period. However, in the event that fewer than three Members-At-Large are eligible and willing to accept nomination for a second term, one or more members who have already served for two consecutive terms may be designated by the Board of Directors as eligible for a third consecutive term in order that the number of incumbent Members-At-Large available for nomination may not be fewer than three. The number of incumbents designated by the Board as eligible for a third term may not exceed the number necessary to bring the total number of available incumbents, whether or not nominated, to three. In no case may any person serve for more than three consecutive terms as a Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors.
  6. No person may serve for more than one two-year term as President-Elect, President or Past President.
  7. The General Assembly may elect an Honorary President, who shall serve for life. The Honorary President shall serve without vote as a member of the Board of Directors.
  8. In the event of the death or resignation of the President, the President-Elect shall succeed to the presidency and shall serve for the unexpired portion of the term of the President. If the unexpired portion of the term is more than one year, the President-Elect shall serve the unexpired portion only and shall not then succeed to a full term as President. If the unexpired portion of the term is one year or less, the President-Elect shall serve the unexpired portion and shall then succeed to a full term as President.
  9. In the event of the death, resignation or succession to the presidency of the President-Elect, the Board of Directors shall select a person to fill that office and in due course that person shall succeed automatically to the office of President as prescribed in these Bylaws. If the death, resignation or succession to the presidency occurs before the Nominating Committee has presented to the Board of Directors a slate of candidates for President-Elect for the forthcoming biennium, the Committee shall be asked to nominate one candidate to assume office immediately as President-Elect as well as not more than two additional candidates for the forthcoming regular election. If the death, resignation or succession to the presidency occurs after the candidates for President-Elect for the forthcoming biennium have been determined by the Board of Directors, the President-Elect shall be selected from among the candidates for that office. In this circumstance the Board of Directors shall select not more than two candidates for the office of President-Elect in the forthcoming regular election by means it shall devise.
  10. In the event of the death or resignation of the Past President, the vacancy shall not be filled and the Board of Directors shall designate one or more other members of the Board to assume any responsibilities assigned to the Past President.
  11. In the event of the death or resignation of any Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors, the Board may appoint an individual to serve in that capacity for the unexpired portion of the term.

Bylaw VII - Commissions, Councils and Committees

  1. Standing Commissions and Councils may be established by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Each Commission shall be organised to study a specific topic. Each Council shall be composed of a clearly defined population of members.
  2. Each Commission shall consist of six members, including a Chair. Two members of each Commission shall be appointed each biennium. Each Commission member shall serve a non-renewable six-year term. Each Commission Chair shall serve a two-year term. A Chair may be reappointed unless his or her term on the Commission has expired. Chairs and members shall be nominated by the Commissions for appointment by the Board of Directors.
  3. Commissions may hold seminars and develop publications with the approval of the Board of Directors.
  4. Each Commission shall be responsible for a series of sessions at each biennial conference. These sessions shall be organised by the Chair of the Commission based on procedures designated by that Commission and in consultation with the local organising committee.
  5. The Chair of each Commission shall be a member of the Council of Commission Chairs. The President-Elect of the Society shall serve as Chair of the Council of Commission Chairs. The Council of Commission Chairs shall be convened at least once during each biennial conference of the Society.
  6. The Board of Directors may establish such Committees as it sees fit. Each Committee shall be assigned a specific charge. Unless otherwise specified, each Committee shall expire at the end of the biennium in which it was established.
  7. Prior to each meeting of the General Assembly, the Chair of each Commission and Committee shall submit to the Board of Directors a written report on the activities of the Commission or Committee.
  8. No Commission, Council or Committee shall have access to any funds of the Society unless specifically authorised by the Board of Directors.

Bylaw VIII - Languages

The official languages of the Society shall be English and those languages appropriate to the venue of the conferences and seminars of the Society.

Bylaw IX - Amendments

Amendments to these Bylaws may be adopted by a simple majority of Voting Delegates casting votes in the General Assembly. The text of any amendment proposed by a member shall be accompanied by the name and signature of the member proposing the amendment and the name and signature of the member seconding it and shall be received by the Secretary General at least 90 days prior to the meeting of the General Assembly at which it is to be considered. The text of any proposed amendment to the Bylaws to be considered at a meeting of the General Assembly shall be provided to each member of the Society at least 30 days prior to the meeting.

Constitution and Bylaws were adopted at the ISME General Assembly in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in July 1996. The Bylaws were last amended at the ISME General Assembly in Edmonton, Canada, in July 2000.

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