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Added on 02/03/13
David Lloyd-Howells profile and Notice pages have had updates for interest and response re Restoration of New Music Creativity.

Also requesting members to consider:

Is the website worth the hassle? Should CoW be on Wikipedia? Who, other than members actually know about and use the website members profiles and follow up these contacts?

Does the CoW website need a webmaster /monitoring operation?

This research should be part of the CoW website because it would assist newcomers, those involved in new music projects and further internal development strategies in targeting for greater impact in the global mix.

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Added on 27/02/13
The newly uploaded Constitution demands expansion in a number of ways designed to increase the polemic wing of the membership, exchange of ideas and development of a stronger sense community.

Rules, penalties and benefits of membership?
What are the powers of the Executive Committee?
Do student members have a vote?

Help and advice to members, especially student members on all matters appertaining to music.

Development of an open forum on the website designed to build camaraderie between composer members, sharing there work.

Election of honorary president, [ voluntary ]

Election of special consultant for electronic art music education, development and promotion, [ voluntary ]

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Added on 02/09/10
Constitution of Cyfansoddwyr Cymru/Composers of Wales


1. Name

The organisation shall be known as “Cyfansoddwyr Cymru/ Composers of Wales”, hereinafter called “The Organisation”.

2. Objects

2.1 The objects of The Organisation shall be to support and promote the work of composers born in Wales or of Welsh parentage and composers living in Wales, and through public education and promotion to further appreciation of their work.

2.2 As ancillary to the foregoing objects from time to time:

2.2.1 to facilitate and offer advice on aspects of commissioning;

2.2.2 to act as a conduit between composers and promoting and commissioning organisations;

2.2.3 to do such other things as the Executive Committee shall decide are necessary to the attainment of said objects.

3. Membership

3.1 Full Membership

The members of The Organisation shall be those composers within the terms of reference who pay the annual subscription at the appropriate rate or rates as shall be determined by the Executive Committee, all subscriptions being payable in advance.

3.2 Student Membership

Student composers within the terms of reference who pay the annual subscription at the appropriate rate or rates as shall be determined by the Executive Committee, being payable in advance.

3.3 Associate Membership

3.3.1 Representatives of the artistic or cultural organisations of Wales.

3.3.2 The Organisation may invite persons with special knowledge or experience to serve The Organisation or its Committees in a consultative capacity, but such persons shall not be entitled to vote. For more information visit website

3.3.3 The Organisation may admit as associate members any persons who support its work and may from time to time decide on the terms of association, but such associate members shall not be entitled to vote.

4. Management

The management of The Organisation shall be vested in the Officers and a Committee of no less than six members (including the Chairman)whose duty it shall be to carry out the general policy of The Organisation and to provide for the administration, management and control of the affairs and property of The Organisation. Committee members shall be elected via e-mail and/or postal ballot of The Organisation's members and shall serve for two years. If there are no new nominations, current members will be re-elected by default, initially for a period of two years. As from November 2012 members will be entitled to nominate new committee members every two years, having first obtained the agreement of the nominees. Such nominations should be submitted to the Secretary, together with the names and details of the proposers and seconders. The Chairman shall hold office for three years and will be eligible for a further period of three years.

5. Officers

5.1 The following officers shall be elected by the Executive Committee:

5.1.1 the Chairman
5.1.2 such other officers as The Organisation may from time to time decide.

5.2 The honorary Officers shall be members of the Executive Committee and all other Committees of The Organisation.

5.3 Officers will be expected to attend at least one third of all meetings a year, either in person or via Skype/Facetime. If they are consistently absent without good reason their membership of same shall be withdrawn.

5.4 Should the Treasurer and/or Secretary be an appointed officer in receipt of remuneration (see 6.1), such an officer shall not be a voting member of the Executive Committee.

6. Powers

In furtherance of the objects but not otherwise the Executive Committee may exercise the following powers:

6.1 to employ such staff (who shall not be members of the Executive Committee) as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the objects and to make all reasonable and necessary provision for the payment of pensions and superannuation for staff and their dependants;

6.2 to raise funds and to invite contributions by means of affiliation fees from participating societies and organisations, subscriptions from individuals, donations or legacies, grants-in-aid from statutory authorities, loans and other sources, provided that in raising funds the Executive Committee shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law;

6.3 to buy, take on lease or in exchange any property necessary for the achievements of the objects and to maintain and equip it for use;

6.4 subject to any consents required by law to borrow money and to charge all or part of the property of The Organisation with repayment of money so borrowed;

6.5 to cooperate with other organisations, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objects or of similar purposes, and to exchange information and advice with them;

6.6 to establish and support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for all or any of the objects;

6.7 to appoint and constitute such advisory committees as the Executive Committee may think fit;

6.8 to delegate any of its powers to sub-committees, such sub-committees being given powers to co-opt provided that no sub-committee may be given powers to co-opt more than one quarter of its total membership;

6.9 to do such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievements of the objects.

7. Quorum

7.1 The quorum of a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be two-thirds of the members, or such other number as The Organisation may from time to time decide.

7.2 The quorum of a meeting of an Advisory Committee shall be one-third of the members, or such other number as The Organisation may from time to time decide.

8. Finance

8.1 A banking account shall be opened in the name of The Organisation and cheques shall be signed by any two officers of The Organisation, or by one Officer and one Executive Committee member.

8.2 The income and property of The Organisation whencesoever derived shall be applied solely towards the promotion and purposes of The Organisation as set forth in this Constitution (see 2), and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by any way of profit to any member of The Organisation provided that nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith of reasonable and proper remuneration to any Officer or servant of The Organisation or the repayment of out-of-pocket expenses.

8.3 The Organisation may appoint a custodian trustee or a trust corporation of not fewer than three persons to hold any property held by or in trust for The Organisation or may with the agreement of the Financial Custodian for Charities transfer to him personal property (within the meaning of Section 16(ii) of the Charities Act 1960) so held and make application for an order vesting in him any property held.

9. The Organisation’s financial year shall run from 1st April to 31st March. The Committee will normally review the current financial state at each meeting, and the statement of income and expenditure for the financial year most recently closed will be presented by the Treasurer to the AGM for discussion.

10. Dissolution

The Organisation may at any time be dissolved by a resolution by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a meeting of The Organisation of which at least twenty-one clear days’ notice shall have been sent to all members of The Organisation. Such resolutions may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of The Organisation, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, such property shall not be paid to or distributed among members of The Organisation but shall be given or transferred to such other institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of The Organisation as The Organisation may, with the approval of the Charity Commissioners or other Authority having jurisdiction, determine.

11. Alteration to the Constitution

Alteration to the Constitution shall receive the assent of not less than two-thirds of the members of The Organisation present and voting. A resolution for the alteration to The Constitution shall be received by the Secretary of The Organisation at least twenty-one clear days before the meeting at which the resolution is to be brought forward. At least fourteen clear days’ notice in writing of such a meeting shall be given by the Secretary to the members and shall include notice of the alterations proposed.

12. Interpretation

The Interpretation Act of 1889 shall apply in the interpretation of this Constitution as it applies in the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

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Added on 15/08/10