|PASMAE's Mission is to enhance and promote Musical Arts Education throughout Africa|
|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 –
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.
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:
These six elected officers constitute the Society's Executive.
In order to realise the Objectives of the Society, the Executive Committee shall:
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.
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
Bylaw II. General Assembly
Bylaw III. Officers