Statutes and Articles of the DGfMM

§ 1 Tasks and Legal Principles

  1. The "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin”, having its seat in Mainz, Germany, works selflessly and follows exclusively and directly non-profit purposes according to the section "tax favoured purposes" of the German tax law. With the Association's entry into the register of Associations "Vereinsregister", the Association adds the supplementation "e.V." to its name.
  2. Purpose of the Association is the promotion of science, research and teaching concerning the physiology and pathophysiology of music performance as well as pathological and clinical aspects of physical and psychological diseases of the musician. This includes the improvement of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Interdisciplinary cooperation of those, who participate in the training and professional company of musicians is explicitly emphasized, like instrumental and vocal teachers, occupational scientists, manufacturers of music instruments, physicians, dentists, physical therapists, Alexander teachers, Feldenkrais teachers and mediators of other, similar therapies. The close cooperation with performing arts centers, professional orchestras and musical trainee-institutions (music schools, conservatories, music universities) as well as with other performing artists and their institutions shall be deepened. The purpose of the Association shall in particular be realized by regular scientific conferences and symposia and by publications. In this context, a practice-orientated scientific journal shall be published, serving as an organ of the Association. Public relations shall be performed on a scientific basis in order to improve the communication and information of people interested in the issue, in an out of the Association.  
  3. Financial resources of the Association must only be used in accordance with the purpose of the Association. The members shall receive no contribution out of the Association's funds.  
  4. No person shall be favoured with payments being not in line with the Association’s purpose or by extraordinary high remuneration.  
  5. The business year corresponds to the calendar year.

§2 Members

  1. Physicians, dentists, physiotherapists and other persons interested in the objectives of the Association (e.g. occupational scientists, musicians, instrumental, vocal and musical-education teachers, Alexander teachers, Feldenkrais teachers etc.), who accept the articles of Association, can become members.   As being a German association, members from the German speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland shall be represented in first priority. Members from other countries are welcome, too.   Legal persons can be accepted as supporting members. The membership has to be applied for by written declaration.   The governing board decides on the admission of new members. Rejection of applications for admission should be discussed in a meeting of governing and advisory board.  
  2. Associations with similar purposes can be accepted as cooperating members.  
  3. The Association includes   a. Ordinary members   b. Cooperating members   c. Corresponding members   d. Honorary members   e. Supporting members 
  4. Ordinary members pay an annual subscription rate which is due by the 2nd quarter of the year at the latest. A member with outstanding subscription payments of two years will be excluded from the membership list. All subscriptions due up to this moment have to be paid.   Subscription rates for supporting members are set by the governing board.  
  5. Membership ends by death, resignation or the member's exclusion by majority decision of the members meeting

§3 Memberships in other Organisations

The Association has a close relationship with the "Performing Arts Medicine Association" (PAMA), having its principle place of business in Chicago/ Illinois (USA), and serves as German speaking section without legal, hierarchical or financial dependence. The Association is allowed to join other associations with similar purposes as a cooperating member by resolution of the governing board. Legal, hierarchical or financial dependences do not exist.

§4 Organs of the Association

Organs of the Association are  

  • a. The members´ meeting   
  • b. The scientific advisory board  
  • c. The artistic advisory board  
  • d. The governing board

§5 Members´ meeting

  1. The ordinary members´ meeting is held once a year, if possible, during a scientific conference of the Association. It is convened in written form by the governing board, presenting the agenda. The invitation shall be made within a period of four weeks.  
  2. An extraordinary members´ meeting is to be convened with four weeks notice, if the governing board deems it to be, or at least a third of the members apply for it. Applications must state their grounds in written form, stating the desired subjects of negotiation.  
  3. The members´ meeting shall: 
    a. elect the governing board 
    b. appoint honorary members 
    c. appoint corresponding members 
    d. elect the cash auditor 
    e. receive the report of the governing board and the cash auditor
    f. relieve the governing board 
    g. set the amount of the subscription rates 
    h. change the Articles of the Association 
    The right of nominations of honorary members is executed by the members in the form of a written application directed to the governing board. Suggestions have to be filled at least two weeks before the beginning of the governing and advisory board meeting, forgoing the members´ meeting. The governing board and the scientific advisory board shall suggest the appointment of honorary members to the members´ meeting. The members´ meeting will decide about the suggestions with simple majority.  
  4. The members´ meeting resolves upon the dissolution of the Association and upon the use of its assets, which in the case of dissolution has to be determined by taking into consideration sec.1 para.5  
  5. The members´ meeting passes its resolutions with the simple majority of the votes cast; it has the quorum independently from the number of members present (section 10 para.1 of the Articles of Association untouched). As regards the elections, the person will be deemed elected, who accumulates an absolute majority of votes cast. If the absolute majority is not achieved, in the 2nd ballot the person will be elected, who accumulates most of the votes. In case of equality of votes, the lot, drawn by the president or, if not present, by his deputy, shall decide.  
  6. The secretary shall take the minutes of the resolutions of the members´ meeting, which have to be signed by the president and one other member of the governing board.

§6 Governing board

  1. The governing board includes 7 persons:   The president   The vice-president   The treasurer   And four further members   Thereby, it should be represented if possible: A physician working at a musical university, a physician working at a hospital, a physician in private practice, a dentist, a physiotherapist, a musician and a representative of other professions (e.g. occupational scientist). President and Vice-President are each entitled to represent the Association acting alone. The governing board is elected in the members´ meeting by simple majority for a period of three years.  
  2. The treasurer keeps the cash and conducts, and together with the President and the Vice-President, the current business.  
  3. In governing board meetings, the governing board has the quorum, if three of it’s members are present. In case of stalemate, the President’s vote shall be decisive.  
  4. The governing board informs the advisory board members about its work by providing the minutes of the meeting

§7 Scientific Advisory Board

  1. The governing board can appoint up to eight advisory board members from university and science - with or without ordinary membership to the Association - to the scientific advisory board,
  2. The scientific advisory board’s task is to discuss questions on music physiology and musicians` medicine out of their own scientific background.  
  3. Depending on the development science and research in music physiology and musicians` medicine, the scientific advisory board shall primarily be filled by scientists who have got an own focus on music physiology and musicians` medicine

§8 Artistic Advisory Board

  1. The governing board can appoint up to eight outstanding musicians - with or without ordinary membership to the Association - to the artistic advisory board.
  2. The artistic advisory board’s task is to discuss questions on music physiology and musicians` medicine out of their own artistic background.

§9 Limitation of Liability

The liability of the Association, arising from all legal activities of it’s organs and their deputies, shall in all cases be limited to the existing assets of the Association. An exceeding personal liability of the single members shall be excluded.

§10 Dissolution of the Association

  1. The resolution on dissolution of the Association needs to be passed with the consent of three quarters of all members present.
  2. In the case of dissolution or cancellation of the Association the assets have to be used for tax-favoured purpose. Resolutions on the future use of the assets shall only be carried out after having obtained the consent of the tax office.