PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES
Principles And Guidelines Established On May 2, 2021
New Music Organizing Caucus Was Founded July 7, 2020
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New Music Organizing Caucus (NMOC) is a community of music workers who work in the contemporary concert music adjacent creative world of "new music." We exist to advocate for decent working conditions and fair wages, provide support against discriminatory practices, share skills and knowledge, and fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field. We are allied with Music Workers Alliance, Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, New Music Equity Action, Sing In Solidarity, Workers Arts Project, Local 802 AFM, and DANC.
During the summer of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, NMOC came together to begin long-overdue conversations about race, class, access, and privilege in the new music world. Our goal is to use our collective power to address these systemic inequalities inherent in our field and create a more just, kind, and honest way of making music together.
Knowing that such an entity is necessary for empowerment, we join together under these principles and guidelines. We are just getting started. Join us!
Section 1. This organization shall be known as the NEW MUSIC ORGANIZING CAUCUS (NMOC).
Section 2. This organization aims to uphold the fight for new music workers' empowerment while also establishing a grassroots activist movement in our field.
Section 1. All meetings and actions of the NMOC are open to any music worker, allied worker, or supporter.
Section 2. Only new music workers, whether composers, performers, or other allied workers, are eligible to vote in the NMOC.
Section 3. No music worker shall be denied membership in NMOC based on race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or any other factor other than overt behavior that is hazardous to solidarity or incompatible with the principles and guidelines of NMOC.
Section 4. To become a voting member, one must have a New Members One-on-one call, have participated in two General Meetings within three months, or have been active in a current NMOC campaign or project.
Section 5. Voting members may abstain from an NMOC vote at any time or lose their voting privileges if another member submits a proposal to realization, as outlined in the "Caucus Democracy" section of this document.
Section 6. Level of Participation in NMOC.
Consider your capacity and how involved you'd like to be. As organizers, we know this is always subject to change. Whichever level an NMOC member can commit to has no impact on their voting privileges.
1 = Executor (can begin projects from scratch)
2 = Collaborator (can collaborate with others are on existing projects)
3 = Commenter (Can discuss and give feedback on existing projects, but not much beyond that)
4 = Aligned (Can come to some meetings and want to stay updated via email, but not much more beyond that)
Section 1. NMOC comprises music workers who have banded together to organize projects and actions.
Section 2. There is no distinction between Project Coordinators and NMOC members. Members may participate according to their abilities and needs. Members may take the initiative to manage their proposals, form subcommittees, and gain experience managing and contributing to direct democratic participation.
Section 3: The Group Facilitator acts as a clearinghouse for operations, membership information, resources, and administration, under the direction and reporting to the collective.
Sections 4. Subcommittees are created, coordinated, and autonomously run for each project that necessitates their formation.
Section 5: Before carrying out any initiatives or activities under the banner of NMOC, a subcommittee must consult and confirm at a General Meeting or another means of communication.
Section 1. Before each meeting, anyone who wishes may sponsor a project proposal or agenda item by filling out the Google Form and tagging "project proposal," "agenda item," or "both." Proposals must be listed at least 24 hours before a meeting for consideration at that meeting. Meetings generally occur monthly on the first Tuesday of the month.
Submissions must include:
Section 2. A quorum is established in a meeting if half or more of the voting members are present.
Section 3. Once a person has sponsored a proposal, they are responsible for it. NMOC may not discuss or vote on the issue unless the sponsor or their delegate is present. The sponsor is also responsible for presenting the item to NMOC.
After the sponsor presents the proposal, we cast a sense vote for the proposal before any discussion:
Section 1. The entire caucus will have a unified symbol or emblem. It must be black and red and always have the same design.
Section 2. The use of the universal symbol or emblem shall never be delegated to businesses but shall remain solely in our caucus’ hands.
Section 1. NMOC declines all direct or indirect alliances with political parties or anti-political sects and disclaims liability for any individual opinion or behavior that contradicts this stated purpose.
Section 1. In a dispute or complaint between members, resolving the conflict follows the Grievance Policy guidelines.
Section 1. We define grievance as any complaint, problem, or concern of a member regarding their circumstance and comrade relationships.
Section 2. Members can file grievances for any of the following reasons:
This list is not exhaustive. However, members should try to resolve less important issues informally before they resort to a formal grievance.
Sections 3. Members who file grievances can:
Section 4. Members who face an allegation have the right to:
Section 5. NMOC is obliged to:
Section 6. Procedures
Members are encouraged to talk to each other to resolve their problems. When this isn’t possible, members should know how to file a grievance:
This procedure may vary according to the nature of a grievance. For example, if a member is found guilty of sexual misconduct, NMOC will begin disciplinary procedures, all up to expulsion.
Section 1. Any member whose grievance process results in expulsion will withdraw from further involvement in the NMOC.
Section 1: Every year in May, NMOC will review its principles and guidelines.
Section 2: Submit a new amendment proposal.
Section 3: A copy of the proposal must be accessible to all NMOC members so that they can review it before voting. Before updating any principles and guidelines, one should become familiar with the current amendments in the current principles and guidelines. NMOC will review the proposal at the next General Meeting.
Section 4: Changes will be approved or rejected before the annual May meeting. At said meeting, all voting members will assemble to determine whether the amendments should be authorized. If the amendments are approved, the submitter must provide a written resolution outlining the revisions. Remember that this resolution should be prepared before the annual May meeting and circulated to all voting members after the meeting.
Section 5: NMOC will annually implement all final amendments into the official principles and guidelines, concluding the May Meeting.