Statutes of the association
“Jewish Music and Theater Week Dresden e.V.”
of 20.06.2011 in the version of 17.07.2014
§1 Name, Seat, Fiscal Year
(1) The name of the association is “Jewish Music and Theater Week Dresden”.
(2) The Association is registered in the Register of Associations of the District Court of Dresden.
After its entry in the Register of Associations at the Local Court of Dresden, the Association shall bear the name “Jüdische Musik- und Theaterwoche Dresden e.V.”, hereinafter referred to as the “Association”.
(3) The registered office and place of jurisdiction of the Association shall be the state capital Dresden. (4) The fiscal year is the calendar year.
§2 Purpose of the Association
(1) The purpose of the Association is to promote Jewish art and culture as well as education and upbringing.
(2) The purpose of the association in particular is the annual realization of a festival.
§3 Activities of the Association
(1) The purpose of the association is realized in particular through: cultural contacts at home and abroad, the organization of concerts, readings, theater and film performances, exhibitions, lectures and other suitable forms for the presentation, promotion and mediation of Jewish culture and corresponding contemporary historical information the presentation, promotion and mediation of Jewish culture with the 3 equally important focal points:
a) Jewish culture of Dresden, Saxony and Germany, b) Yiddish culture worldwide and
c) international Jewish culture and contemporary history.
(2) The association may join forces with other institutions to form working and interest groups.
§4 Assets of the Association
The following are available for the purposes of the Association:
Grants from public funds,
donations and grants from third parties,
other assets procured with funds of the association,
Income from admission fees of the events held,
§5 Non-profit status
(1) The Association shall act selflessly; it shall exclusively and directly pursue charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code (AO). The Association does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes.
(2) Funds of the Association may only be used for purposes in accordance with the Articles of Association. Members shall not receive any benefits from the funds of the Association.
(3) No person may be favoured by expenses that are alien to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remuneration.
(1) Membership in the Association may be acquired upon written application by any natural person or legal entity of full legal capacity who is willing to promote the purpose of the Association.
The board of directors decides on the admission of members.
(2) A rejection of the application for membership is not contestable and does not have to be justified.
(3) Members of the Association are ordinary members or sustaining members.
(4) Membership ends:
a) for natural persons by death, for legal entities by dissolution,
b) by resignation,
c) by exclusion from the Association.
(5) Resignation shall be effected by written declaration to the Executive Board.
(6) A member can be excluded from the Association by resolution of the Executive Board if it violates fundamental interests of the Association or remains in arrears with the membership fee for 6 months despite a reminder. Before the decision is made, the member must be given the opportunity to justify his or her reasons to the Executive Board within a period of one month. An appeal against the decision may be lodged with the Executive Board within one month of receipt. The appeal has a suspensive effect. The General Meeting shall make the final decision on the appeal.
(7) The goals and activities of the Association may be supported by a sustaining membership. A supporting member is not an ordinary member in the sense of the statutes, thus the corresponding rights and obligations do not apply.
§7 Membership fees
(1) The membership fee is an annual fee, its amount is determined by the general meeting. A simple majority of the voting members present at the general meeting is required to determine the amount and due date of the membership fee.
(2) Supporting members pay a self-determined annual support fee. A minimum amount of this contribution shall be determined by the General Assembly.
§8 Organs of the Association
Organs of the association are:
1. the General Meeting,
2. the board of directors.
§9 General meeting
(1) Every full member has one vote in the general meeting.
(2) The General Meeting is responsible in particular for the following matters:
a) Acceptance of the general annual report and the annual economic report,
b) Resolution on the annual financial statement and on the discharge of the Executive Board,
c) election and dismissal of the members of the Executive Board
d) Election of two auditors,
e) Resolution on the structure and on the cultural-political principles of the Association,
f) passing of resolutions on the economic plan,
g) Resolution on the exclusion of a member,
h) passing of resolutions on amendments to the statutes and on the dissolution of the Association, i) passing of resolutions on the amount of membership fees.
§10 Convocation of the general meeting
(1) An ordinary general meeting must take place at least once a year. It shall be convened by the Executive Board with at least three weeks’ notice in writing, stating the agenda. The period of notice begins with the date of the postmark on the letter of invitation. The letter of invitation shall be deemed to have been received by the member if it is addressed to the last address notified to the Association in writing.
(2) The Executive Board may convene an extraordinary General Meeting at any time for compelling reasons and without delay. It must be called if the interest of the Association requires it or if it is demanded by one third of all members in writing, stating the reasons. The same procedural rules apply to the extraordinary general meeting as to an ordinary general meeting.
§11 Agenda of the General Assembly
(1) The agenda of the General Assembly shall be set by the Board and sent to the members with the invitation letter.
(2) Each member may request in writing to the Board to add further matters to the agenda no later than one week before the date of the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall vote on the final agenda. The General Assembly shall also vote on requests for additions to the agenda that are not submitted until the General Assembly. A majority of two thirds of the valid votes cast is required for acceptance.
§12 Resolutions of the General Assembly
(1) Every general meeting convened in accordance with the statutes is recognized as having a quorum without regard to the number of members of the Association present. Each full member has one vote.
(2) The general meeting passes its resolutions with a simple majority of the valid votes cast. In the event of a tie, a motion shall be deemed rejected. Abstentions shall not be taken into account.
(3) In the case of elections to the Executive Board, the person who has received more than half of the votes cast shall be elected. If no one has received more than half of the votes cast, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates who have received the most votes. The candidate who received the most votes shall then be elected. In the event of an equal number of votes, the decision shall be made by drawing lots by the chairman of the meeting.
(4) Proposals for amendments to the Articles of Association and changes to the purpose of the Association as well as for the dissolution of the Association can only be dealt with in an ordinary General Meeting and must be announced in the wording in the corresponding letter of invitation.
(5) Resolutions on amendments to the Articles of Association require a majority of three quarters of the valid votes cast. Resolutions on changes to the purpose of the Association require the approval of three quarters of all members. Resolutions on the dissolution of the Association may only be passed with a majority of three quarters of the votes cast. Votes may also be cast in writing.
(6) The resolution on the dissolution of the Association can only be passed with a majority of three quarters of the votes cast by all members.
(7) Minutes shall be kept of the meeting. The keeper of the minutes is determined by the chairman of the meeting. He can also be a non-member. The minutes shall be signed by the chairman of the meeting and the keeper of the minutes.
§13 Board of Directors
(1) The Executive Board manages the Association; it prepares and implements the resolutions of the General Assembly. It manages the association’s assets.
(2) The board consists of at least 3 and up to 5 regular members of the association: the chairman, a deputy chairman and up to 3 assessors. The chairman and the vice-chairman are directly elected to their respective positions by the general meeting. Both legal entities and natural persons can be elected to the Board.
(3) The board members are elected by the general meeting for a period of two years. They remain in office until a new election is held. If a board member resigns prematurely, the remaining board can elect a successor by unanimous resolution for a limited period until the next general meeting.
(4) The board shall adopt rules of procedure.
(5) The Association shall be represented in and out of court by two members of the Executive Board, one of whom must be the Chairperson or the Deputy Chairperson.
(6) Amendments to the Articles of Association required by supervisory, judicial or financial authorities for formal reasons may be made by the Executive Board on its own initiative. These amendments to the Articles of Association must be communicated in writing to all members of the Association as soon as possible.
(7) The chairperson shall issue a written invitation to the board meeting with a notice period of three weeks, stating the agenda. A board meeting must be convened at the request of at least two board members.
(8) Without convening a meeting of the Board of Management, the Board of Management may pass a resolution in an expedited procedure by means of a written survey of its members if this is unanimous.
(9) The Executive Board shall constitute a quorum if more than half of its members are present. It shall decide by a simple majority of votes. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.
(10) Legal transactions with a business value of € 10,000 or more are only binding for the Association if they have been concluded with the consent of the General Assembly.
(1) The board of directors appoints a managing director for the business of the current administration, who is also the head of the festival according to §2 (2).
(2) The managing director is responsible for the current administrative business.
The managing director is the superior of all employees of the association and decides on their hiring and dismissal or commitment.
(3) The Managing Director’s power of representation is limited in such a way that he is obliged to obtain the approval of the Executive Board for legal transactions for material and capital expenditures with a value of more than 10,000.00 EUR.
§15 Accounting and Auditing
(1) Accounting shall be carried out in accordance with the principles of commercial double-entry bookkeeping. The annual financial statement shall be prepared by the managing director by March 31 of the following year. The grantors shall immediately receive a copy of the annual financial statement signed by the Executive Board.
(2) Two auditors shall be elected by the General Assembly for a period of two years; they need not be members of the Association. Their re-election is permissible. The two auditors may jointly and at any time have unrestricted access to all documents of the Association that are relevant to their tasks.
§16 Business plan
In due time – but no later than November 30 of the current fiscal year – the Executive Board shall draw up an economic plan for the following fiscal year.
Its income and expenditure must be balanced and – if necessary – adjusted to the current development of the year. The business plan shall indicate the intended focus of the tasks in accordance with the Articles of Association. For the execution of the business plan, any requirements and conditions of the grantors are to be observed.
(1) The offices of the association and its organs shall be held on an honorary basis.
(2) If necessary, association offices can be exercised against payment on the basis of a service contract or against payment of an expense allowance according to § 3 No. 26 a EStG (Income Tax Act) within the scope of the budgetary possibilities.
(3) The decision on a remunerated association activity according to No. 2 shall be made by the Executive Board. The same shall apply to the content and termination of contracts.
(4) The Executive Board is authorized to commission activities for the Association against payment of an appropriate remuneration or expense allowance. The budgetary situation of the association is decisive.
The executive committee is liable only with the association’s assets, as far as there are no intentional or grossly negligent tortious acts.
§19 Dissolution of the Association
(1) The dissolution of the Association requires a three-quarters majority of the votes of all members. At the same time, a liquidator is to be elected by the general meeting.
(2) In the event of dissolution of the Association or discontinuation of its charitable purpose, the assets of the Association shall pass to the Association HATiKVA e.V. or its legal successor, which shall use them exclusively and directly for charitable purposes.