The name of the charity is South Lakes Music Partnership. Ulverston Live Music operates under the umbrella of South Lakes Music Partnership.
AIMS and PURPOSE
To promote live artists in Ulverston who otherwise might not come to the town. Principally in the areas of folk/blues/roots, and principally up and coming singer/songwriters. To also support and promote the new talent in these areas locally. To create activities related to music in the community, by involving local schools, colleges and other organizations and groups.
The charity will research and book artists on a regular basis, at local venues, and create a “clublike” atmosphere. It may buy/purchase equipment to further these aims. The charity has powers to enter into contracts with artists for the purpose of performing locally. It may acquire other powers as agreed at the Annual General Meetings.
The Charity shall have a membership. Anyone over the age of 18 who supports the aims of the Charity can apply to become a member of the charity, but the Board of Trustees is restricted to 10 people.
Officers shall be elected annually from the membership, and will consist of a Chairman, ViceChairman, Secretary, Treasurer/contracts officer, and Press Officer. The press officer may be supported by other trustees as required. Vacancies occurring will be filled by vote at the meeting immediately after the vacancy arises, and will last only to the next AGM. The Board of Trustees will conduct the business of the charity in accordance with the wishes of the charity and will report formally once a year at the AGM, with a Chairman’s, Secretary’s and Treasurer’s report, recorded in writing.
Meetings of the Board of Trustees will be 8 a year with an Annual General Meeting in January/February which will elect officers of the charity. Voting on issues will be by simple majority, and a quorum will be 5 board members. Meetings will be minuted and circulated. If trustees have a conflict of interest they must declare it and leave the meeting while the matter is being discussed or decided. During the year, the trustees may appoint 2 additional trustees should vacancies occur, but they will stand down at the next AGM. The trustees may make reasonable additional rules to help run the charity. These rules must not conflict with this constitution or the law. If the trustees consider it necessary to change the constitution, or wind up the charity, they must call a General Meeting so that membership can make the decision. Trustees must also call a General Meeting if they receive a written request from the majority of members. All members must be given at least 14 days notice and told the purpose of the meeting. All decisions require a two thirds majority. Minutes must be kept.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT
The organization does not and will not discriminate on any grounds whatsoever, including, race, sexuality, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion. The organization will challenge this wherever it comes across it. The organization will comply with all legal requirements in this respect.
The AGM is held every year in January/February, and at least 14 days notice is given to members. There must be at least 8 members present at the AGM. Every member has 1 vote. Any member may stand for election. The Trustees will present the annual report and accounts. Members shall elect a maximum of 10 trustees to serve. Each year 3 trustees will retire and 3 will be elected. Retiring trustees may stand for re-election.
The charity will open and manage a bank account with signatures of 4 Board members, any 2 of whom are required to sign all cheques. A financial report and bank statement will be presented at each meeting. The charity is not allowed to overdraw, and any surplus arising from activity will be put back into the activities of the charity.
ALTERATION TO THE CONSTITUTION
The constitution will be formally reviewed every 3 years, but any member may raise an issue at the Annual General Meeting for discussion. However no changes will be acceptable which propose a move away from the ethos of the original aims. Proposed alterations will be voted on by members and simple majority will be the method of accepting/incorporating changes.
Should the charity cease to exist, any assets it holds in terms of money and equipment will be given to a group or groups locally who has broadly similar aims and objectives. If no group can be found we will in the first instance offer assets to Ulverston Victoria School or Ford Park Community Group. Should they not want our assets then they will be realized and the money given to a local charity serving the interests of Ulverston