International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Notice of Proposed Changes to the Study Group Bylaws

Dear Study Group Members,
 
At the business meeting in August, members will be asked to vote on the following changes to our bylaws.
 
1. Due to a conflict between 5c and 6b, we propose to make the following change:
#6b, which currently states that "the location, the topics and responsible local organiser of Study Group symposia shall be approved by a majority of members present and voting at a business meeting" would be changed by deleting responsible local organiser, thus reading  instead "the location and the topics of Study Group symposia shall be approved by a majority of members present and voting at a business meeting..."  The appointment of the local organiser is already covered under #5c, which states "The Leader of a Symposium Organising Committee is appointed by the Board for each Symposium of the Study Group." 
 
2.  Under #7 it currently states, "a report of activity shall be given by the Secretary of each sub-study group at Business meetings."  The Board proposes a change to allow for greater flexibility in the programming of the symposium and also reduce the number of items that we need to attend to during the official business meeting.
We propose that the above sentence be changed to the following:
"a report of activity shall be given by the Secretary of each sub-study group at 
each symposium."
 
3. Due to newer ICTM guidelines regarding terminology related to study groups, we propose to change the terminology Study Group Board to Study Group Executive Committee as this is the terminology adopted by the ICTM in the memoranda on terminology (see link below).  We propose changing Secretary/Treasurer to Secretary for the same reason. The spelling of Program Chair and Program Committee would also be changed to align with that used in the ICTM memoranda. The new spelling would be Programme Chair and Programme Committee. 
 
 
Our current bylaws can be found on our Ethnochoreology page on  the ICTM website.
 
 
The purpose of this email is to give the members notice of the proposed changes before the voting at the business meeting.