At the forthcoming November 13, 2019 members meeting in New York, Open Music will move to ratify the proposed bylaws and become a non-profit 501(c)(6) membership organization. This new model will enable Open Music to sustain its role as a neutral industry convener with the three-pronged mission of:

  • Advancing interoperability for musical rights owner identification and remuneration;

  • Educating creators about intellectual property rights; and

  • Exploring and promoting innovation across the music industry ecosystem.

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BYLAWS

What is chapter 180 of the Massachusetts General Law? Why is it referenced, and what impact does it have on Open Music?

When it states that any powers or policies are “subject to the provisions of MGL Chapter 180” it means that the bylaws are first bound by Chapter 180 of the Massachusetts General Law (MGL). Chapter 180 is the section of MGL that governs the formation of “corporations for charitable and certain other purposes”. As Open Music Initiative will be incorporating in the state of Massachusetts, it would be governed by Chapter 180 of the MGL. The entirety of MGL Chapter 180 can be read here.

What are the Member Categories? How many are there, and why were those selected?

There are thirteen member categories. They are designated in order to represent the various sectors of the music industry, as well as other types of members in industries adjacent to the music industry. Each member category will have a seat on the Board of Directors, ensuring that each member category has representation, and that each sector of the industry has equal access and impact in decision making. The categories are as follows: Record Label Members; Major Record Label; Recording/Performing Artist Members; Songwriter/Composer/Lyricist Members; Producer/Engineer Members; Collecting Organizations Members; Music Publisher Members; Major Music Publisher Members; Music Streaming Service Members; Music Technology Supplier Members; General Technology Supplier Members; Entrepreneur Members; and Miscellaneous Members.

The label and publisher categories were broken down into major and non-major in order to give smaller and independent labels and publishers an equal voice and vote in discussions and decision making, both at the Board of Directors level, as well as within working groups and committees.

How much are Membership Dues? How will this be determined? What will the dues be used for?

The dues will be established, and will be subject to change by, the Board of Directors. Dues have been proposed to be at the following rates annually, and will be subject to input and approval by the Board:

  • Board Members $100,000
  • General Corporate $25,000
  • Academics and Non-Profits $10,000
  • Entrepreneurs / Start-ups - $1,000
  • Artists - $1,000
  • Students - $30

A sliding scale based on company revenue level will also be considered, in order to allow for differing capacities and sizes of member companies.

Membership dues will go toward a small team of staff dedicated to supporting the Initiative, including the planning and coordination of

What is a Statutory Member? Why does Berklee have sole statutory membership? What powers does Berklee have?

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What is an Individual Member? What is the definition of a Member? Can a Member hold more than one membership?

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What are the Limits of Discussion? What is the purpose of the limits?

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What is the Quorum for Meetings? What constitutes the quorum, and how does it operate?

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What is the Voting Power of a Member? How is the number of votes determined? What power does a vote have on the corporation?

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Can Members participate Remotely? How can members participate remotely? Is remote participation considered as full presence?

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What is the Term of Office? What is the length and limit of the term?

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CORPORATE PURPOSES

What is chapter 180 of the Massachusetts General Law? Why is it referenced, and what impact does it have on Open Music?

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articles of Organization

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Intellectual property policy

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