The Open Music Initiative is currently in the process of becoming 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 open protocols for musical rights owner identification and remuneration;
Educating creators about intellectual property rights; and
Coordinating and promoting innovation across the music industry ecosystem.
At the February 6 Members Meeting in Los Angeles, the DRAFT bylaws and other DRAFT governance documents were shared and discussed. We have closed the extended comment period between February 15 - May 15, 2019 and have received feedback from members on the proposed bylaws, membership agreement and dues, intellectual property policy and other critical documents.
We will be sharing the feedback and holding follow-up governance calls and discussions with our stakeholders. A final set of bylaws, which include edits based on membership feedback, will be available in mid-September. Following this period, the bylaws will be submitted for ratification at the upcoming November 13, 2019 members meeting in New York.
The proposed DRAFT documents are available below, both as PDFs, or as Google Docs open for comments, where members can see others’ proposed edits and feedback.
Our strength lies in our membership, representing an unprecedented cross-industry collaboration between creators, entrepreneurs, academic, music business, technology and policy leaders. We look forward to continuing our important work with each of you.