National Constitution Australian Songwriters Association Inc

Adopted unanimously at the ASA Annual General Meeting 23rd July 2005.

Contents

  1. Name of Association
  2. Objects of Association
  3. Definitions
  4. Powers of Association
  5. Eligibility for membership of Association
  6. Register of members of Association
  7. Membership fees and sources of income
  8. Resignation of members of Association
  9. Expulsion of members of Association
  10. Board of Directors
  11. Regional structure
  12. Election of Board members
  13. Chairman
  14. Chief Executive Officer
  15. Financial Officer
  16. Casual vacancies in membership of Board
  17. Proceedings of Board
  18. General meetings
  19. Quorum in proceedings at general/special meetings
  20. Minutes of meetings of Association
  21. Voting rights of members of Association
  22. Proxies of members of Association
  23. Rules of Association
  24. Logo of Association
  25. Inspection of records, etc. of Association
  26. Dispute resolution
  27. Distribution of surplus property on winding up of Association

1. Name of Association

1.1 The name of the Association is “Australian Songwriters Association Inc”, hereafter referred to as “the Association”.

2. Objects of Association

2.1 The objects of the Association are —
2.1.1 To encourage developing Australian songwriters and celebrate the art of songwriting;
2.1.2 To provide information and assistance to members;
2.1.3 To create performance and recognition opportunities for members;
2.1.4 To provide opportunities for the professional development of members;
2.1.5 To enable members to meet and/or exchange ideas and information
2.1.6 To facilitate member transition into the established music industry;
2.1.7 To facilitate delivery of member services at a national and regional level.

2.2 The property and income of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Association. No part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members, except in good faith in the promotion of those objects, or as bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the Association.

3.0 Definitions

In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears ­
“the Act” means the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Victoria), a reference in that Act to
“the Committee” being construed as a reference to the Board.
“the Association” means the Association referred to in rule 1.1
“the Board” means the Board of Directors as defined in rule 10.
“the CEO” means the Chief Executive Officer referred to in rule 14.
“the Chairman” means — in relation to the proceedings at a Board meeting or general meeting, the person presiding at the Board meeting or general meeting in accordance with rule 13.
the person referred to in rule 10.7.1 or, if that person is unable to perform his or her functions, the Vice Chairman;
“the Deputy-Chairman” means the Vice-Chairman referred to in rule 10.7.2
“employee” means any person having an employment contract with the Association
“the Financial Officer” means the Financial Officer referred to in rule 15.|
“financial year” has the meaning given by section 3(1) of the Act, a reference in that section to — “an incorporated association” or “the association” being construed as a reference to the Association
“general meeting” means meeting convened under rule 18.
“member” means member of the Association
“National Office” means the registered office of the Association
“ordinary resolution” means resolution other than a special resolution
“special resolution” has the meaning given by section 29 of the Act
“Region” means any State, Territory or other specified geographic region within Australia
“Regional Coordinator” means the appointed regional representative of the Association as defined in rule 11.1
“Regional Sub-Committee” means a sub-committee of the Association as defined in rule 11.4
“special resolution” has the meaning given by section 29 of the Act
“Sub-Committee” means a sub-committee of the Board as defined in rule 10.10

4. Powers of Association

4.1 The powers conferred on the Association by section 16 of the Act are subject to the following addition:
4.1.1 The Association may join, cooperate or liaise with any person, club, association, body or society, in any act, matter or thing, which may be conducive to the attainment or performance of the Objects of the Association.

5. Eligibility for membership of Association

5.1 Membership of the Association is open to—
5.1.1 Individuals who are supportive of the objects of the Association and willing to abide by the constitutional rules, code of conduct and any by-laws of the Association, and who are Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents.
5.1.2 Adult membership is open to persons aged 18 years and over as at the joining date.
Junior membership is open to persons aged 17 years and under as at the joining date.Senior membership is open to persons aged 65 years and over as at the joining date.
5.2 A person wishing to become a member shall apply for membership to the registered office of the Association in writing—
5.2.1 signed by that person;
5.2.2 in such form as the Board from time to time directs.
5.3 The Board may by majority vote decide to refuse or rescind an application for membership. If membership is refused or rescinded, the reasons must be communicated to the applicant in writing.
5.4 Life Membership of the Association may be awarded at the discretion of the Board to members who have given outstanding and distinguished service to the Association and to songwriters in Australia.

6. Register of members of Association

6.1 The CEO shall keep and maintain the register of members on behalf of the Association in accordance with rule 14.6.1 and the req