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At its April and September meetings, acting in response to ongoing
conversations with and among the membership at large, the AMS Board of
Directors voted to propose to the membership several amendments to our
By-Laws. (The full text of the AMS’ current By-Laws can be found here
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.amsmusicology.org_page_bylaws&d=DwIFaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=PHu0YcldevQqIedM86l0iexbqE-AeZLl-lupNToNx6I&m=UIOQ7yppkBK5GKfLVx3TIaO2h9g0nAULo01fMRf_JVc&s=uA1CxwJ5SCuW1CFqXr4qdQh3kOshf192zz6Y5jxhwIY&e= ) These amendments address three
matters:


   1. the Society's aspiration to be a community that recognizes, includes,
   and respects the many peoples, musical traditions, and points of view among
   us, and does its work with the utmost honesty and integrity;
   2. the Society’s desire to revise the editorial structure of *JAMS*, and
   to acknowledge and regularize in the By-Laws the relationship the Society
   of our three periodic publications, *JAMS*, the *Journal of Music
   History Pedagogy*, and *Musicology Now*; and
   3. the Society’s need in a time of rapid change to rebalance the
   relationship between continuity and flexibility on the Board of Directors,
   by lengthening the terms of Directors-at-large from two years to three.

Accordingly, we propose the following motions to amend. In the motions
below, all new language is *underlined*; deleted language has been struck
through.



MOTION 1:

Motion from the AMS Board to create an Ethics Committee as a standing
committee of the American Musicological Society; approved by the board at
its April 2020 meeting.

MOVED, to revise Article IV. Council and Article VII. Committees of the
By-Laws:

ARTICLE IV. COUNCIL...
D. The Council shall advise the Board of Directors concerning the general
policies of the Society.
*E. The Council shall nominate the candidates for election to the Ethics
Committee*.
*F*. Meetings

ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES...
B. Standing committees shall be Executive, Publications, and Finance*, and
Ethics*.
*4. The Ethics Committee shall be charged with advising the President, the
Executive Director, the Board, and the Council on matters pertaining to
ethical conduct within the spaces, events, and publications of the AMS. It
shall be elected by the AMS membership from a roster nominated by the
Council.*


RATIONALE
This motion responds to the report of an *ad hoc* Ethics Planning Committee
appointed by the President in Fall 2019 in response to members’ concerns,
and consisting of co-chairs Leonora Saavedra and Andrew Dell’Antonio, and
members Lauron Kehrer, Imani Mosely, Matthew Leslie Santana, and Laurie
Stras. In April 2020, the AMS Board of Directors voted in April 2020 to
create a permanent Ethics Committee as a standing committee of the Society,
to be elected by the membership from a slate of nominations provided by the
Council. The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to serve as an advisory
body that will

   1. protect the members of the Society at a time when the diversification
   of its members makes some of them particularly vulnerable, and
   simultaneously, when all members of the Society are feeling increasingly
   empowered to resist and denounce harassment, and expect support from the
   Society,
   2. protect the President of the Society from situations in which they
   have to intervene directly and from the outset in cases of alleged
   breaching of ethical conduct, by taking over the tasks of
      1. receiving complaints,
      2. in-taking and verifying information,
      3. devising and advising the President on a course of action (which
      can include no action) in consultation with the Society’s lawyers when
      needed, and
      4. implementing such course of action when deemed appropriate by the
      President,
   3. be recognized as widely as possible by the Society as a legitimate
   body by virtue of being an elected committee.



MOTION 2:

Motion from the AMS Board to change the editorial structure of *JAMS*;
approved by the board at its April 2020 meeting.

MOVED, to revise Article VI.E.2. Board of Directors of the By-Laws:

From:
ARTICLE VI. Board of Directors
E. Appointments
2. The editor-in-chief of the *Journal of the American Musicological
Society*, and the editor of the *AMS Newsletter* shall be appointed by the
Board of Directors for specified terms of office not to exceed three years
and shall be eligible for reappointment.

To:
ARTICLE VI. Board of Directors
E. Appointments
2.
*The Board shall appoint the editors of all official publications for the
AMS for specified terms of office not to exceed three years and shall be
eligible for reappointment. The Board of Directors shall select an
associate editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society to
serve for a period not to exceed two years, before becoming editor-in-chief
for a period not to exceed two years.*


RATIONALE
At its October 2019 meeting, the Board appointed an *ad hoc* committee
(consisting of Joy Calico, chair, Kevin Karnes, and Alejandro Madrid) to
consider the urgent requests of two successive editors to add the position
of associate editor of *JAMS*. In response to the committee’s report, in
April 2020 the Board voted to establish the position of associate editor;
to make the position a *de facto* apprenticeship for the position of
editor-in-chief, for the sake of continuity; and to open the position to
applications.



MOTION 3:

Motion from the AMS Board to include all current publications of the
Society in the By-Laws; approved by the board at its April 2020 meeting.

MOVED, to revise Article VIII.A. Official Publications of the By-Laws:

ARTICLE VIII. Official Publications
A. The official publications of the Society shall include the *Journal of
the American Musicological Society*, the *AMS Newsletter*, *the Journal of
Music History Pedagogy, Musicology Now*, the *Directory*, and such
publications as are controlled by the Board of Directors and the
Publications Committee.


RATIONALE
At its October 2019 meeting the Board appointed two task forces to study
respectively the vaguely articulated relationships of the *Journal of Music
History Pedagogy* and *Musicology Now* to the Society. Both task forces
recommended that the publications they studied be named official
publications of the Society.



MOTION 4:

Motion from the AMS Board to change the term of office of
Directors-at-large from two years to three years; approved by the board at
its April 2020 meeting.

MOVED, to revise Article VI.A. and B. Board of Directors of the By-Laws:

ARTICLE VI. Board of Directors
A. The Board of Directors shall consist of thirteen directors. Five
directors shall be the officers of the Society. Six directors shall be
directors-at-large and shall be elected, three* two* each year, by the
members of the Society from a double slate of six *four* nominees drawn by
the Board of Directors from present or past regular members of the Council
upon recommendation of the nominating committee. The slate of candidates
for directors-at-large shall be provided to the voting members of the
Society annually no later than 1 June, and directors-at-large shall be
elected by a majority vote cast and tabulated as set forth in Article V.C.
Directors-at-large may not be elected to succeed themselves. No person
shall hold more than one national elective post in the Society at the same
time. The Council Secretary and the Executive Director shall be *ex officio*
 directors.

B. The terms of directors-at-large shall overlap so that three *two* will
retire and three *two* will be added each year. Newly elected directors
shall assume office at the first session of the Board of Directors after
the annual business meeting of the Society. Any position of
director-at-large that is vacated in the course of a term may be filled by
the Board of Directors until the term expires.


RATIONALE
Directors-at-large have routinely indicated at the end of their terms that,
because of the growing complexities of the AMS, it is not until well into
their second and last year of service that they feel well enough acquainted
with board governance, AMS history, ongoing business, and future
initiatives of the Society to make significant contributions in terms of
discussion and activity. Some initiatives of the Society take years to
implement (e.g., full funding for fellowships and awards, establishment of
task forces and committees); other functions of the Society require an
intimate knowledge of recent committee and board history and actions in
order to provide guidance to the staff and the membership (e.g., emergency
funding in response to the pandemic, past and future decisions about the
annual meeting). The current rate of turnover limits the Board’s ability to
respond flexibly to new challenges and to follow through with measurable
goals on those challenges that take years to address. This By-Laws change
does not change the size of the Board; it does slow down the rate of
turnover on the Board, thus adding greater stability to the Board and to
the Society. A schedule for implementing this change to the Board has been
drafted; it would ensure that the Board will continue to have six
directors-at-large at all times.


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