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Statute

Excerpts from the Statute of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio (October 2017)

1. Denomination
The cultural association named ‚ÄúCentro Studi Luciano Berio‚ÄĚ has been constituted, with headquarters in Florence.

2. Goals
The Centro is a non-profit making association with the following aims:

  • promoting knowledge both nationally and internationally of the personality and works of Luciano Berio; safeguarding, disseminating and extending his moral, musical and intellectual legacy;
  • contributing to cultural life with musical and interdisciplinary initiatives based on the production and philosophy of Luciano Berio;
  • promoting all forms of research and study concerning the production and philosophy of Luciano Berio;
  • reviewing, collecting and cataloguing every type of source material concerning the production and philosophy of Luciano Berio making them accessible to the community of scholars according to the specificity of each case.

3. Aims for pursuing and developing the activities
The Association may promote all kinds of activity serving to achieve its goals, both directly and through participation in activities promoted or backed by third parties, including, for example and not exclusively:

  • the conception and realization of congresses, master classes, exhibitions and other activities of study and research (including the award of grants), teaching and training, discussion and debate;
  • the conception, promotion and realization of concerts, productions and similar initiatives;
  • the conception, realization and publication (on paper, on line/the web and otherwise) of journals, books, series, catalogues, newsletters and any other form of publication for distribution by any means, including Internet, also periodically;
  • the conception and realization of installations, recordings, videos, films, radio television programmes with the possibility of producing and marketing them either directly or through third parties;
  • collaborations, contacts and exchanges with public and private entities, companies and institutions with similar interests which can contribute to achieving the broad institutional aims of the Association;
  • adhesion to national and/or international musical, academic and musicological organizations and institutions of widely recognised scientific quality and commitment;
  • any other operation, including economic ventures, which may be propitious to the achievement of the aims set out above, providing they are directly linked to the same.

4. Associates
The associates are those persons who fostered and proceeded to the constitution of the Association, signing the relative articles or in any case those who, having declared their willingness so to do, are indicated as such in the articles of incorporation.
The admission of new members is approved by the majority of the components of the Board of Directors, and is valid from the date of the approval.


5. Organs of the Centre

The organs of the Association are as follows:

  • Assembly of associates;
  • President;
  • Honorary President, if nominated;
  • Board of Directors;
  • Auditor, if nominated;
  • Scientific Director, if nominated;
  • Scientific Committee;

6. Assembly of the associates
The Assembly, a sovereign body, is competent to deliberate on the following subjects:

  • appointment and dismissal of the Board of Directors;
  • any lawsuits concerning the responsibilities of the Board of Directors;
  • amendments to the Statutes;
  • the appointment of liquidators;
  • the bestowal of the Association‚Äôs assets if it is wound up;
  • any other matters reserved to the Assembly by law or by this Statute;

The Assembly shall be convened when the President considers it necessary or at the motivated request of six or more members, who shall state their reasons.
The Assembly is chaired by the President of the Association.

7. The President
The President will be appointed by the Board of Directors from among its components; unless suspended he/she will remain in office for four years and can be re-elected
The President is charged with the following duties:

  • to represent the Association in law;
  • to conduct the Association‚Äôs ordinary activities, with authority to exercise all the powers connected therewith or needed therefore;
  • to appear in court as plaintiff and defendant;
  • to convene and chair the Assembly and the Board of Directors;
  • to verify the application of the Statute;
  • to sign documents and contracts of the Association;
  • to perform other attributions assigned by the Board of Directors;
  • to prepare the Financial Report and submit it to the Board of Directors for approval;
  • In case of emergency the President may take measures normally reserved to the Board of Directors but only insofar as necessary to ensure the proper administration of the Association. Any measures so taken shall by submitted to the next meeting of the Board of Directors for ratification;
  • The President may, if absent or unable to act on any occasion, delegate his/her functions to another of the components of the Board of Directors;
  • If the office of President becomes vacant due to resignation or any other cause then the Board of Directors shall appoint a replacement.

8. The Honorary President
The Board of Directors has the faculty to appoint an Honorary President to be chosen among eminent representatives of the musical, cultural, civil and political scene of the moment.

9. The Board of Directors
The Association is administered by a Board of Directors; this is composed of a number of members from a minimum of three to a maximum of seven, chosen among individuals who do not have to be associates. The Board of Directors is appointed by the Assembly and shall remain in office until its appointment is cancelled. If one of the members of the Board of Directors steps down, through resignation or other motives, the Board will proceed to appoint a replacement whose mandate will lapse on the expiry of the Director being replaced.
The members of the Board of Directors may be re-elected.
The Board of Directors meets at least once a year at the instigation of the President. For a meeting to be valid it is necessary, at the first convocation, for there to be present at least half of the number of Directors plus one; at the second convocation the meeting is valid as long as at least two Directors are present.
The deliberations of the Board of Directors are taken according to the majority vote of those present with prevalence awarded to the President’s vote in case of parity.
The Board of Directed is chaired by the President or, in his/her absence or inability to chair, by he/she who shall be designated by the majority of the present Directors.

The Board of Directors possesses, among others, the power to:

  • to elect the President of the Association;
  • to elect, if need be, the Honorary President;
  • to elect, if need be, the Scientific Director;
  • to elect, if need be, the Auditor;
  • to decide on the admission of new associates and, in the presence of extreme causes, the suspension of current associates;
  • to approve the Association‚Äôs Financial Report within seven months of the end of the financial year;
  • to authorize or delegate to the President the execution of any deed entailed by the management of the Association;
  • to appoint the Scientific Committee in accordance with the provisions of Art. 12, and to regulate its functioning as provided for in Art. 15 below;
  • to perform all other tasks provided for herein and to carry out any measure necessary for or conducive to the Association‚Äôs Objects.

The Board of Directors shall also have power to do or decide anything else not explicitly reserved by the law or by this Statute to some other organ of the Association

10. The Scientific Director
The Board of Directors has the faculty, if need be, to nominate a Scientific Director, chosen among the most prominent scholars of Luciano Berio’s music within the international musicological community, whose role is be to guarantee the scholarly level of the Centre and to direct and coordinate the activity of the Scientific Committee of which he/she is a member. The Scientific Director, if nominated, will remain in office for four years, unless otherwise decided by the Board of Directors. .

11. Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee is an organ having a consultatory role. The Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Centre; its members, which may vary in number from 3 to 7, will be scholars, musicians or cultural figures of national and international standing.
In case the Board of Directors has decided not to nominate a Scientific Director, the Scientific Committee may nominate one of its members to act as director and coordinator of the Committee’s activities.
The Scientific Committee is convened and chaired by the Scientific Director (or by its own director) each time the latter deems it necessary.
The Committee remains in office for four years or for any other duration decided by the Board of Directors at the moment of its nomination.