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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • 1. What kind of business or society is the Musicians Guild of Singapore? Is it for profit or non-profit?
  • The Musicians Guild of Singapore is a non-profit company limited by guarantee, registered with the Accounting & Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) under the name Musicians Guild (Singapore) Ltd (201413856K) on the 14th May 2014 .

    This means that unlike a private limited or for-profit company, the company does not have private shareholders who own or stand to benefit from the activities of the company. The company is run by the Board of Directors appointed by the members of the company, in accordance with the objectives stipulated in its Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&AA) and bylaws. The company is must file annual returns and is subject to auditing by ACRA.

    In addition, the Musicians Guild of Singapore is a recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Seed Grant from 2014-2016. It is therefore also accountable to the NAC for the appropriate use of the grant, and the attainment of its objectives.

  • 2. Who initiated the formation of the Guild and why?
  • The Guild was initiated by a group of professional musicians who observed that there were numerous issues pertaining to music as a profession, including shortage of employment opportunities, level of remuneration or legal problems faced by many working musicians, that could not be addressed at an individual basis. It was decided that a non-governmental organization led and supported by members of the industry was needed to bring music professionals together as a community to agree on a certain professional code of conduct and to work together to gather resources and address important issues that will benefit the profession collectively.

  • 3. How were the objectives and functions of the Guild decided?
  • It was recognized that the music industry is extremely diverse, and it would not be practical to attempt to serve the needs of every sector. It was also recognized that there are many other genre, or specialization based organizations that also aim to serve the needs of their members. Instead of catering to specific musical genres or specializations, the Guild would attempt to provide tangible services and benefits to address livelihood, career and professional development needs, which are common to all working musicians. After an extensive series of Focus Group Discussions with various sectors of the industry including performers, educators, music production professionals and composers in July – August 2014, the basis of the Guild’s initial structure and activities was decided.

  • 4. Which membership category should I apply for?
  • We would recommend that all music graduates, and working musicians (full-time, part-time, freelance or self-employed) who derive a significant portion of their monthly income from musical activities to apply for Full Membership to gain access to the full range of services and benefits we have designed for our members

  • 5. Why are there stringent membership requirements for Full Membership?
  • One of the objectives of the Guild is to give recognition to and represent professional musicians who have academic qualifications, significant experience and have a good reputation for a consistently high quality of music-making (or in providing music-related services) as well as in their professional dealings.

    By bringing together like-minded music professionals, the Guild and its members will be able to inspire a greater level of trust and confidence, thereby extending its influence and boosting its credibility collectively to the industry, the public and the state – enabling it to represent its members and the profession more effectively.

    Secondly, while the Guild’s resources are limited, it is likely that there may be a high demand for its services and the benefits it provides. To ensure their availability and quality, access to these must be controlled and in this case, priority is given to those who need them most (i.e. professional or working musicians).

  • 6. Who vets the membership applications?
  • The applications for membership are vetted by the Membership Committee, comprising 10 members appointed by the Board representing different genres of music and different specializations led by a Board Director. The members of the Membership Committee are selected based on how active they are within their sectors to increase the chances of them being familiar with applicants or are able to connect the committee with musicians who are familiar with the applicants. On the other hand, the variety and diversity of the members in the committee ensures fairness and impartiality in their decisions.

  • 7. Why are members not registered as “constitutional members” from 2014-2016?
  • As there was a requirement to create a 3-year work plan for the Guild to meet the application requirements of the NAC Seed Grant, it was decided that it is only responsible and also important for the founding members and Board of Directors to have some degree of stability in this phase, before registering all members as “constitutional members” thereby enabling them to play an active role in influencing the future leadership of the Guild. Nonetheless, the Board of Directors will still call for an annual General Meeting or Annual Convention of all members to make a comprehensive report of the Guild’s activities and finances, as well as consult the members on important matters.

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