statute

§ 1 General

The name of this Union is EUROPEAN GUITAR AND MANDOLIN ASSOCIATION

The EGMA is the association at European level of national federations of mandolin and guitar orchestras associations, of ensembles of plucked instruments and of Plectrum musicians. It was founded on the Europe Day, the 5th of May 1996 in Rastat /Baden (Germany)

The EGMA adopts the legal form of an international association after the German law and their social headquarters are in D-36037 Fulda . It will be entered there in the associations register. Only the General Assembly can decide about the modification of the legal status and of the headquarters with 2/3 of the valid votes.

The administrative year is the calendar year; General offices, place of fulfillment and justice competence is the place of residence of the General Secretary.

§ 2 Tasks and objectives:

Promotion of European understanding and unification in the field of musical culture by means of forms of multi- and bilateral encounters and exchange, especially among young musicians

Promotion of the music on plucked instruments impelling and initiating common actions of musical policy.

Promotion and exchange of original valuable compositions of traditional and contemporary music for plucked instruments

Information about exchange and experience in topics of training and development for interpretation as soloists and in groups as well as for conduction of ensembles and organization of international encounters to deal with fundamental technical problems.

To make the music on plucked instruments progress.

Organizing of European Festivals for plucked instruments.

Organizing of European Contests for various orchestral forms with plucked instruments.

To initiate and promote the foundation of national Federations in countries where these specialized organizations do not exist.

To establish and to maintain systematical contacts with international organizations and institutions as far as it is convenient in accordance with the spirit of this statute.

To create the necessary conditions for the establishment and maintenance of a European Music Archive of Plectrum music.

§ 3 Membership

The associates can be full members, associated members and benefic members.

The assembly is the decisive organ for the admission of members after examining and approving the executive committee the applications for membership

Full members can be only national federations of plectrum music.

Associated members can be any national institution whose primary objective is the promotion of Plectrum music as well as orchestras and groups, as long as a national federation does not exist, the membership as an associated member will be maintained for a limited time of two years, and can be extended, until a national federation is created and gets the condition of full member

Benefic members can be physical persons, associations and institutions that want to promote the statutory aims of the EGMA by means of material gifts or of temporary property transfer.

The membership in EGMA expires by voluntary abandonment at the end of a natural year, by a long lasting non-fulfillment of the premises that were determinant for the admission or by ceasing in the activity.

The general assembly will decide about the amount of the subscription of the associates.

§ 4. Management organs / Election / Terms

The general assembly is the supreme organ in this association. It is built up, respectively, by two delegates of the full members, a representative of the associated members, also a representative of the benefic members and by the executive committee. The delegates of the associates shall be nominated in written form by their organizations. Full members have 10 votes, associated members have 1 vote and members of the executive committee have also 1 vote each one. Benefic members do not have a vote.

Transfer or accumulation of votes is not allowed.

The date for the next General Assembly shall be determined after a wide spread agreement during a running assembly. The General Assembly shall take place normally every two years.. The date and place of the assembly will be determined, as far as possible, connected with a relevant national or international musical event.

Proposals about the day order or petitions to the General Assembly can be addressed to the General Secretary 8 weeks previous to the meeting date.

Invitations, day order and convenient attachments shall be sent to the associates in a month s advance at least.

The decisions of the General Assembly will be approved by simple majority of the issued votes. Modifications of the statute or the decision on the amount of the subscription of associates will be made with a majority of two-thirds of the issued votes.

The ordinary general assembly , summoned regularly, has decisive power, independently of the number of the present delegates.

Extraordinary general assemblies can be summoned in six weeks time advance, after reasoned petition of a fifth part of the full members, once the executive committee has considered the urgency and the need to deliberate about.

The general assembly determines about admission and ceasing of members, about budget and quantity of the subscriptions of the associates, about international common activities and about the creation of working teams. The GA proceed to elect the members of the executive committee and of two account auditors.

The executive committee (executive Board) is composed by the President, the Executive-President, three Vice -Presidents and the General Secretary of the EGMA. Only representatives of full members (national federations) are eligible for a charge in the Executive Committee.

The General Secretary and the Executive-President represent the EGMA intern and extern, legally or privately. They possess the power of singular representation.

The executive committee conduct the ordinary business in EGMA in a responsible exercise of their functions after a plan of assigned tasks. They prepare the meetings of the General Assembly, execute their decisions and elaborate conceptual bases for the work of the EGMA.

The executive committee approve their decisions unanimously. If voting is required, simple majority of the votes of the present members is sufficient. In case of equality, the vote of the General Secretary-is decisive.

The presidency of the EGMA is held every two years by a representative of the full members. The rotational election for this charge is determined by the general assembly.

Reports. The decisions of the General Assembly and of the Executive Committee shall be fixed in a protocol. A written report of the financial auditors shall be issued to the General Assembly.

§ 5. Common Utility

The EGMA pursues direct and exclusively social purposes, with regard to legal regulations about taxes, it acts in an altruistic manner and it does not pursue in first line own profit.

The resources of the association can be used only in accordance with the objectives as they are fixed in Chapter 2 of this statute. Members will not receive any grants from the resources of the federation and the board members act freely and gracefully.

No person can be favored for administrative work, detached from the association,. or granted with high disproportionate compensations.

The associates do not have a proportional share in the patrimony of the association.

In case of dissolution or ceasing of the society or in case its current purposes are absent, its patrimony goes to the European Foundation for Culture and can be used by this institution for promotion of international amateur music activities.

Modifications of the statute, especially chapters 2 and 5, are only possible if they are compatible with the requirements of common utility.

§ 6. Relation of the EGMA with the national Federations

The EGMA does not hold executive power towards the National Federations.

The National Federations are committed with mutual information exchange and with consulting on matters of international interest, as far as the objectives of the EGMA are affected. (see chapter 2)

The executive committee will be informed about events which take place at domestic level, in order to make possible a representation of the EGMA.

§ 7. Financing

The projects of the EGMA as well as the secretary, administration and activity of their organs will be financed with the subscriptions of the associates, with international and national public subsidies and, eventually, with donations.

Application for official sources and subsidies from the European Union or from international institutions for EGMA enterprises as well as justification is responsibility of the executive committee.

§ 8. Account auditors

Account audits are realized by the nominated auditors from the National Home Federation of the EGMA. A written report with the result of these audits will be issued to the General Assembly.

State 30 June 2000