PASMAE's Mission is to enhance and promote Musical Arts Education throughout Africa

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PASMAE (Pan-African Society for Musical Arts Education) Constitution and Bylaws


The official name of this Society shall be the Pan-African Society for Musical Arts Education, to be abbreviated as PASMAE, and referred to in the Constitution as "PASMAE" or "the Society".

Nature of the Society

PASMAE will concern itself with the promotion of Musical Arts Education throughout Africa. It will constitute itself as an autonomous society that will operate on a non-profit basis and be the representative arm of Africa in ISME.

Powers of the Society

PASMAE derives its authority from its membership, who empowers the Society to act on their behalf in advocacy, coordinating and advisory roles in matters concerning Musical Arts Education and its practice in Africa. It is furthermore bolstered by its status as an ISME affiliate, and in turn by ISME's position relative to the IMC (International Music Council) and UNESCO. The Society is empowered by its members to raise funds and enter into transactions in pursuit of its objectives, as set out below.

The Society shall canvass the recognition and support of world as well as African bodies such as the African Union, UNESCO and the IMC in the execution of its objectives. Individual African governments will also be approached to give encouragement to the formation of national music education associations where none currently exist, or to support the affiliation of any such society, as the case may be, with PASMAE, for the mutual benefits imperative.

PASMAE shall seek to obtain recognition from the AU (African Union) and through it from all African governments for the purposes of influencing continentally matters relating to effective and meaningful Musical Arts Education in Africa.

Objectives of the Society

The objectives of the Society shall be to facilitate and promote Musical Arts Education in Africa through –

  1. advancing the research, study and understanding of African music.
  2. informing the governments of African countries on the values of Musical Arts Education for:
    1. the conservation as well as modern advancement of the cultural heritages of African peoples and societies
    2. the enhancement of the cultural integrity and human pride of African peoples and societies
    3. the positive representation and presentation of African human genius and mental civilizations
    4. the excitation and overall stimulation of creativity
    5. the mental stability and physical health of the individual.
  3. assisting music educators in Africa in the preservation and teaching and practice of knowledge of the music cultures of African societies which will enable inter-cultural respect, understanding and cooperation.
  4. guiding and facilitating the teaching and understanding of the music of other cultures of the world in Africa for overall world, human understanding and cultural respect.
  5. acting as a clearing house for Musical Arts Education in Africa.
  6. encouraging and supporting the development and production of appropriate materials for lifelong Musical Arts Education.
  7. developing creative artists who will be capable of promoting knowledge about the content, practice and meaning of African musical arts.
  8. encouraging the sharing of knowledge and experiences relative to musical arts education in Africa with the rest of the world.


Any property and possessions of the Society shall be deemed as being held in trust for the membership, and professional advice shall be sought as to the best way in which to utilise the Society's investments, so as to maximally achieve its objectives.


Membership of the Society shall be open to all categories of persons engaged in Musical Arts Education, its research, promotion and dissemination in Africa irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, language or nationality. The Executive Committee shall review appropriate categories and conditions of membership of the Society as the need arises. Such categories and conditions shall be approved by the General Assembly.

Structure of the Society

The structure of the Society shall include its General Assemblies and election procedures, its Executive Committee, its Secretariat, its Advisory Committee and its national representatives and affiliated national bodies.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall be the legal representative of the Society, responsible to the General Assembly. ExCo shall hold and administer all property, funds and affairs of the Society. In electing ExCo, issues of efficiency, accessibility and geographic spread should be taken into account. Provisions for the regulation of the internal affairs of the Society shall be specified in the Bylaws of the Society.

The Executive Committee shall comprise the:
President, who shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee;
Three Vice-Presidents, who shall be geographically dispersed;
Assistant Secretary-General.

These six elected officers constitute the Society's Executive.

In order to realise the Objectives of the Society, the Executive Committee shall:

  1. oversee regular and special conferences;
  2. issue such publications as may be deemed necessary;
  3. establish and/or recommend to the General Assembly the establishment of Special Committees and/or the appointment of special functionaries as appropriate for carrying out the work of the Society;
  4. act on behalf of the Society on all matters of relating with governments, other organizations, institutions and persons;
  5. have at least one statutory meeting per biennium to authorize such other activities as may be appropriate to achieve the purpose of the Society.

Advisory Committee

  • The National Representatives, from all possible African countries, and responsible to ExCo for promoting the image and status of PASMAE and for coordinating PASMAE objectives and activities in their respective countries.
  • The appointed experts:
    • The Director Educational Resources, responsible for generating, producing and disseminating educational materials;
    • The Director MAT cells, for coordinating the activities and disseminating the products of the MAT cells;
    • The Director Music Technology, for the planning of increasing utilization of and capacity building in the areas of Music Technology;
    • The Databank Operator, for the efficient collection and documentation of materials strategic to the achievement of objectives.

General Assemblies

Members shall be convened in a General Assembly at each biennial conference of the Society, which biennial conferences shall be held ahead of the biennial ISME conferences. Provisions governing meetings of the PASMAE General Assembly shall be specified in the Bylaws of the Society.

Special meetings and General Assemblies may be convened for specific purposes – for example, in the case of Dissolution, as described under that clause below.

Election Procedures

The election and/or appointment of officers of the Society and the members of the Executive Committee are specified in the Bylaws of the Society.


ExCo establishes a Secretariat and appoints an Operations Manager. The Secretariat serves as the administrative and information centre for the Society, and the Operations Manager deals with the day-to-day administrative and financial affairs of the Society.


The Society shall operate a bank account with an international bank to be determined by the Executive Committee. There shall be two out of at least three authorised signatories to the bank account. All withdrawals from the Society's bank account must have the approval of the President. The Operations Manager will prepare annual financial statements for submission to a registered auditor. THE SOCIETY”S FINANCIAL YEAR RUNS FROM 1 MAY TO 30 APRIL.

Affiliated National Bodies

Although the African-continental arm of ISME, the Society shall be free, on the recommendation of its Executive Committee, and with the approval of its General Assembly, to affiliate with such other continental and regional and national organizations as may seem mutually desirable. The Society shall also encourage national Musical Arts Education bodies in countries across the continent to affiliate to PASMAE.


Amendments to this Constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds majority of 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 proposing member and the name and signature of the seconding member, and shall be received by the Secretary-General at least 120 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.


The dissolution of the Society may be pronounced only at a General Assembly specifically convened for that purpose. A two-thirds majority of the delegates casting votes shall be required to dissolve the Society.

Any assets remaining to the Society shall be disposed of by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Executive Committee. Such assets shall be given over to one or more non-profit organisations pursuing similar objectives as PASMAE. In no event may any portion of such assets be distributed among the members of the Society.


Bylaw I. Membership Categories and Dues

  1. Categories of membership shall include, but not be limited to:
    1. Honorary Life
    2. Individual music educator/researcher/promoter in Africa
    3. Library
    4. Institutional in Africa or elsewhere, concerned with education in African musical arts
    5. Organisational
    6. Patron
  2. The conditions, rights and privileges of the various categories of membership shall be specified by the Executive Committee.
  3. Dues for the various categories of membership shall be fixed by the Executive Committee within limits to be established by the General Assembly.
  4. Biennial membership of the Society shall begin in the first year after the final acceptance of this Constitution. Renewals shall be solicited ahead of the beginning of every subsequent biennium.
  5. An individual or organization may be solicited and appointed by the Secretary-General to serve as the Society's reporter for any African country or geographic area.

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 60 days prior to the meeting. Each member of the Society shall be considered a member of the General Assembly.
  2. The agenda for an ordinary session of the General Assembly shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
    1. A report by the President on behalf of the Executive Committee on the activities of the Society;
    2. A financial report;
    3. Reports by Special Committees, Study Groups or Commissions as requested by the Executive Committee;
    4. The establishment of limits of dues for the various categories of membership;
    5. The election of the President-Elect and national/Regional Representatives of the Executive Committee;
    6. An announcement of the date and place of the next meeting of the General Assembly.
  3. Any member of the Society 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 proposing member and the name and signature of the seconding member, and shall be received by the Secretary at least 48 hours prior to the meeting of the General Assembly at which the resolution is to be considered.
  4. In the elections, each member of the Society shall have the right to vote in the General Assembly.
  5. Voting shall be by secret, written ballot.
  6. Unless otherwise specified, all actions by the General Assembly shall require a simple majority of the votes cast.
  7. IIn the event of parity of votes, the vote of the presiding officer shall be decisive.
  8. In issues concerning rules of order or procedure pertaining to meetings of the General Assembly, the Executive Committee 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, the 3 Vice-Presidents, the Secretary-General and the Assistant Secretary-General. The officers of the Society shall also function 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 other officers.

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