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Wisconsin Area Music Industry
The purpose of this corporation shall be to engage in any lawful activities authorized by Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes. It is further intended that this corporation is a charitable, non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate Wisconsin music industry persons through seminars and workshops focused on the music industry in itís entirety. To provide annual scholarships to students and/or emerging artists in the Wisconsin community, and to create, organize and execute an awards ceremony, the intent of which is to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of people in the Wisconsin music industry.
The corporation may have such principal and other business offices, within the State of Wisconsin, as the Board of Directors may designate or as the business of the corporation may require. The registered office of the corporation as required by statutes shall be maintained within the State of Wisconsin, and the address may be changed from time to time by the Board of Directors or by the registered agent. The business office of the registered agent of the corporation shall be identical to such registered agent.
C. Board of Directors
The annual meeting of the Board shall be held on the first Wednesday in February at 7:00 oíclock p.m. at such place as the Board shall designate. The Board shall also meet at such other times during the year as are selected by the Board, or on call of the Chairman of the Board, or by any five members of the board. At least seven (7) days notice of meetings shall be given, with notice to be by mail and telephone.
The Officers of the Corporation shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The members of the Board shall select the Officers at the annual meeting of the Board by simple majority vote. Any member of the board is eligible to serve as an officer except that the President shall have been a member of the Executive Committee for at least one full year or shall have been a member of the Board of Directors for at least two full years. Officers of the corporation may be removed at any time by three-fourths (3/4) vote of the board. The duties of the several officers, respectively, shall be as follows:
A quorum necessary to conduct business shall require the presence of at least six (6) Directors if at least three (3) Executive Board members are present. Otherwise, a majority of the Board must be present. The act of the majority of directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board, unless the act of a greater number is required by law or by the articles of incorporation or these bylaws.
There shall be only three separate classes of members, Academy, Regular & Student. Academy membership requires that the member be actively involved in the music community in some fashion, such as an artist, production personnel, promotion, booking agencies, equipment dealers, etc. Regular membership is open to any and all persons interested in supporting the Wisconsin music industry. Regular members shall not have nomination rights in the preliminary balloting procedure for the annual awards. Student membership requires that the member be enrolled in an academic program involving the music industry. No member shall have more than one membership. Only Academy members are eligible to vote for music industry awards in categories established by the Board. The Board may revise from time to time the membership fee payable annually. In order to fulfill the purposes of the organization, the Board shall have full authority to determine eligibility for membership, as well as all rules and regulations for carrying out the purposes of the corporation. Membership in this corporation is personal, not a property right, and is not transferable. All members shall have the right and privilege of withdrawing at any time by giving notice in writing of resignation or by failure to pay membership fees for a calendar year. Any member in default in payment of dues shall be suspended from all privileges of membership, and if, after notice, such default be not cured within a period of thirty (30) days, the membership of such member shall automatically terminate. Two-third vote of the Board for cause or lack of eligibility to vote may remove any member from membership.
These by-laws may be altered, amended or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board members present at any meeting at which a quorum is in attendance; but no by-law adopted may be altered, amended or repealed by the Board if the by-law so adopted so provided or unless prior notice of the exact language is given in a notice at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting where such change is to be considered.
The rules contained in the latest edition of Robertís Rules of Order shall govern this corporation in all cases in which they are not inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.
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