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Excerpts from Statutes of the Centro Studi Luciano Berio

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 accessible all kinds of catalogue, whether on-line or printed, data base and other means of information and consultation concerning material specified above both on line and through other channels;
  • setting up, with the collaboration and support of specialised centres, a project of systematic codification with a view to creating a digital archive;
  • creating and making accessible a centre of documentation containing, for example and not exclusively, the following typologies of material - printed, digital, audio and video - connected with the life and production of Luciano Berio:
    1) scores, parts and other musical sources for all Luciano Berio’s works;
    2) writings, libretti, letters and other verbal documents left by Luciano Berio;
    3) audio and video recordings;
    4) iconographic material;
    5) publications produced worldwide concerning Luciano Berio and related topics.
  • safeguarding the memory of Luciano Berio through the historical buildings where he resided and worked.

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. Membership
There are three categories of membership, each entailing all the rights to active membership of the Association:

1. Founder Members: the members 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;
2. Honorary Members: the members who fostered the constitution of the Centre, sharing in its purpose and objectives, and are indicated as such in the articles of incorporation, as well as exponents of the world of music, art and culture of national and international standing, who share in the purpose and objectives, and as such may serve on the Board of Directors;
3. Ordinary Members: individuals, corporate bodies and institutions which make an application to the Board, whereupon a motion proposing their admission is put to the Assembly; once passed by an absolute majority of associates, they pay an associatory fee as laid down by the Board. These Members are furthermore required to pay a membership fee.

5. Organs of the Centre

The organs of the Association are as follows:

  • Assembly of associates;
  • President;
  • Board of Directors;
  • Board of Auditors;
  • Scientific Committee;
  • Director.

6. Assembly of the associates
The Assembly of associates is made up of the Founder Members, Honorary Members and Ordinary Members.
The Assembly, a sovereign body, is competent to deliberate on the following subjects:

  • appointment of the Board of Directors;
  • appointment of the components of the Board of Auditors;
  • approval of reports, budgets and balance sheets; admission of Ordinary Members;
  • variations in the headquarters of the Association and putative creation of secondary headquarters and offices;
  • modifications of the Statute.

The Assembly meets once a year and deliberates by means of the votes cast in favour by the majority of those present. The Assembly is chaired by the Association President. At each meeting minutes are taken in a designated book by a secretary, to be appointed at the beginning of each meeting. The minutes will be signed by the President and the secretary, and read out for approval at the next meeting. Each associate is entitled to obtain a copy of the documentation specified in this section on request.

7. The President
The President of the Association is appointed, initially, on the occasion of the Centre’s constitution; on the expiry of the term of office, the President will be appointed on its inauguration by the Board of Directors from among its components. To permit the start up of the activity of the Centre and ensure continuity of management, the first term of office for the President will last eight years. Thereafter the President will remain in office for four years, ending on the date of the Assembly convened to approve the balance sheet of the last period of tenure.
The President chosen at the constitution or appointed thereafter for four years by the Board of Directors may be re-elected.
The President is charged with the following duties:

  • legal representation of the Association;
  • 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 convene and chair the Scientific Committee.

8. 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 remains in office for four years, ending on the date of the Assembly convened to approve the balance sheet of the last period of tenure.
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 twice 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 three Directors are present.
The deliberations of the Board of Directors are taken according to the majority vote of those present, except for the appointment of the Director and the components of the Scientific Committee, both of which require an absolute majority of the components of the Board.
For the appointment of the President and, where necessary, the Vice President, the deliberation must be made with the vote in favour of the absolute majority of the components of the Board.
The Board of Directors possesses, among others, the power to:

  • elect the President, when not appointed at the constitution of the Centre;
  • appoint the Director;
  • deliberate on the admission of Honorary Members;
  • authorise or delegate the President to manage the patrimony and further the attainment of the social purposes;
  • appoint the Scientific Committee;
  • appoint, if necessary, a Secretary to the Centre, decide on the engagement of any staff who may be necessary, as well as collaborators; draw up the regulations for the Centre‚Äôs functioning, when necessary, and establish the criteria for the economic and contractual conditions of the personnel employed by the Association and any collaborators.

9. The Director
The Director is appointed by the Board of Directors from among experts in the field of music and musicology. The role of Director may also be performed by the President.
The Director, in agreement with the President, prepares the programmes and reports on activities for approval by the Board of Directors, directs the scientific and musical activity of the Centre and reports back to the President, when the two offices are not held by the same person, and to the Board of Directors. The Director is automatically part of the Scientific Committee and participates with a consultatory function in the meetings of the Board of Directors.

10. Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee is an organ having a consultatory role, charged with giving an opinion to the Board of Directors concerning the scientific and musical activities of the Centre.
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.
The Scientific Committee is convened and chaired by the President each time the latter deems it necessary.
The Committee remains in office for the duration of the Board and its members may be re-elected.