S t a t u t e s
as adopted by the annual meeting of
April 26, 1988
These statutes have been superseded by the version of February 27, 2006, to be found on the German web pages. The English translation of the revised statues will be placed here as soon as the translation is finished.
Name, Location and Purpose of the Organization
The INTERNATIONAL GUSTAV MAHLER SOCIETY has its headquarters in Vienna. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to promulgation of and scholarly research into the life and works of Gustav Mahler, the critical and general reception of his works, and the artistic and cultural history of his era. The Society has the following goals:
1. Principal goals are to promote research, scholarly studies and seminars which support the other goals of the Society; documenting and publishing the results of that research, including the Critical Edition of the Complete Works; and the organization of Exhibitions which relate to the research and educational projects of the Society.
2. Various other scholarly projects which concern the general purposes of the Society.
Sources of Income
Funds to support the realization of the purposes of the Society come from:
- Membership Fees.
- Contributions and Donations.
Members of the Society are:
a) Regular members
b) Supporting members
d) Members of the Board of Directors during their period of office, insofar as they are not already members
e) Founders, who make a one-time membership contribution, the minimum amount of which shall be determined by vote in the annual meeting
f) Honorary Members, artists, scholars or other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of Gustav Mahler or to the realization of the goals of the Society.
Honorary Membership will be granted by a vote of members present at the annual meeting, upon recommendation by the Board of Directors.
Rights and Duties of Members
Members enjoy the following privileges:
a) Attendance and voting privileges at the annual meeting;
b) the right to vote, and — except for organizations — the right to be a candidate for office. Organizations cast their votes through their duly appointed representatives.
All members have the duty to promote and preserve the reputation and the interests of the Society. Members are also required to pay their annual membership fee.
Terminating of Membership
- upon death; in the case of organizations, upon their dissolution;
- in the case of those members mentioned in § 3 section d, with their termination of office;
- if the membership fees are repeatedly not paid, after due notice and a period of grace has expired;
- by resignation, which must be declared in writing to the Board of Directors;
- by exclusion, which must be decided by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors can exclude a member if he or she has seriously failed to live up to his or her duties as described in §4, filed for bankruptcy or been convicted of a criminal offense.
The affairs of the Society will be carried out by the Board of Directors, insofar as §7 does not require them to be dealt with at the Annual Meeting.
The following can take place only at the Annual Meeting:
a) election of the Board of Directors and two auditors;
b) approval of the annual report and the Entlastung of the Board of Directors and the auditors;
the two auditors, who shall be elected annually, will examine the Financial Statement and the financial activities of the Board of Directors and make a report to the annual meeting.
c) setting the amount of membership fees for regular members, supporting members and sponsors.
These elections and resolutions must take place in the Annual Meeting.
d) admission of new members on recommendation of the Board of Directors;
e) amendments to these statutes and disbanding of the Society.
The annual meeting takes place each year no later than the month of June. The Board of Directors can call for an extraordinary meeting at any time. The Board must do so if at least twenty members request such a meeting in writing, including the reasons for the request. Such a meeting must be announced to all members 14 days in advance, and a list of the points to be discussed must be included with the invitation.
The annual meeting will be presided over by the president or a vice-president. If these are all unable to be present, the Board of Directors shall elect a chairman.
At least twenty members are necessary to form a quorum at the annual meeting. If a quorum is not present, a second annual meeting can be called to order a half an hour later, for which a quorum is not nexessary. The invitations to the meeting must include a statement to that effect. Members can be represented by proxies at the annual meeting, who must be members of the Society or else the representatives of organizations which are members.
The decision to disband the Society can only be acted upon in the annual meeting if the decision has been mentioned in the invitation to the meeting. This decision requires the presence and approval of at least three-fourths of the members or their representatives. A decision to amend these statutes, if it has not been put forth by the Board of Directors, must be approved by at least two thirds of the members or their representatives who are present. All other matters will be decided by simple majority vote of those present.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Society consists of:
a) the president
b) two or three vice-presidents
c) ten to twenty other members
If a Board member leaves the Society, the Board is authorized to designate new Board members. Their term of office lasts until the election of new Board members at the next annual meeting.
The president and the vice-presidents will be members of the Board of Directors who are elected by vote of the Board of Directors.
A quorum for a meeting of the Board of Directors consists of half of the members of the board, after all Board Members have been invited. Invitations to a Board meeting must come from the President or a Vice-president and be sent by registered mail. Decisions are made by simple majority vote. In case of a tie, the issue is decided by the president.
Authority to Act for the Society
The Society will be represented by the President, or, in case the president is not available or able to carry out his duties, by a vice-president. Official documents of the Society must be signed by the president (or, in case the president is not available or able to sign, a vice-president) and the recording secretary, who shall be elected by the Board of Directors from amongst its members.
Board of Arbitration
All disputes arising within the Society will be settled by a Board of Arbitration.
The Board of Arbitration consists of three members of the Society. Each party to a dispute must choose a member for the Board of Arbitration within four weeks and communicate his choice to the Board of Directors. The two named judges choose a third member to be chairman of the Board of Arbitration. If they cannot agree upon a chairman, a name will be chosen by lot from amongst the suggested names
The Board of Arbitration makes its decisions by simple majority vote, all members being present, being guided by the best attainable knowledge and by conscience. The decision cannot be appealed within the society.
Disbanding of the Society
A resolution to disband the society must contain the provision that the assets of the society shall be preserved and used for the non-profit purposes described in these statutes. In order to carry out this provision, the assets of the Society must be offered to the Austrian Federal Government or to the City of Vienna on the condition that the assets must be used in accordance with the purposes of the Society. If such offers are not accepted, the Board of Directors must decide how the assets of the Society are to be used to further the purposes of the Society.