On June 19, 2016 MROC held its Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Westgate Hotel, immediately following the adjournment of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Conference of Musicians and prior to the start the 100th Convention of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The members in attendance voted unanimously to create a new Special Class “E” Membership category for performers who have signed with MROC and have earned royalty payments exceeding a set minimum over the past two consecutive years. The vote also created a new Director position who will be elected solely by these new members from within their ranks. Although MROC’s Bylaws were changed at the AGM, these changes must be approved by Industry Canada before they become effective. The necessary documents have been filed and we expect approval shortly.

Here is more information on Special Class “E” Members:

How much do I have to earn to become a Special Class “E” Member?
• “Minimum Earnings Criterion” means a minimum of $500 in payments (“remuneration”) that a performer must receive from MROC in each of the two consecutive calendar years immediately preceeding the current calendar year.

Am I still a Special Class “E” Member if I don’t earn the minimum criterion in either of the next two years?
• Any performer who meets the Minimum Earnings Criterion becomes a Special Class “E” Member for the current calendar year and remains a Special Class “E” Member for the next two calendar years whether or not he otherwise meets the Minimum Earnings Criterion for those next two calendar years;
• A Special Class “E” Membership lapses and ceases to exist at the end of the second consecutive calendar year during which the member does not meet the “Minimum Earnings Criterion”.

How do I know if and when I qualify as a Special Class “E” Member and what additional rights does that give me?
• Promptly upon receiving confirmation that a performer has met the Minimum Earnings Criterion, the Secretary informs the performer of his status as a Special Class “E” Member. Members are entitled to receive notice of, attend and participate in all meetings of Members and to nominate and elect the director to be elected by the Special Class “E” members;
• Any Special Class “E” Member who does not intend to attend a meeting at which the Director from Special Class “E” is to be elected may vote by mail-in ballot, in accordance with procedures set out in the By-law. A Member who has already cast a mail-in vote can also attend the meeting but must advise the Secretary that he previously voted and, of course, cannot vote again.

As a Special Class “E” Member, can I take part in discussions and vote on motions at meetings of Members?
• You can attend and take part in discussion on all topics at meetings of Members, and you can also nominate candidates for the position of Director from Special Class “E”. But you can only vote on the election of the Special Class “E” Director. It is that elected representative who votes on behalf of the Class for all other motions at meetings of Members.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to call or email the MROC office.

The first opportunity for Special Class “E” members to exercise their new “rights” under the revised Bylaws will arise in preparation for the 2017 AGM (to be held this year in Hamilton in August) at which the first Special Class “E” Director will be elected. The MROC Staff and current Directors look forward to seeing you there.

MROC is now the only Canadian performers’ rights society whose performers can nominate and elect a director from within their own ranks to sit on its Board of Directors.

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