Saturday, March 28, 2009
MEIEA General Meeting
Berklee College of Music,
Present: Kemmerer, Schreiber, Wangler, Garfrerick, Bulla,
Sanchez, Wujcik, Johnson, Hicks, Lawrence, Kellogg, Ronkin,
Baskerville, Leonard, Gloor, Knisely, Progis, Haines, Zaremski,
Armstong, Knisely, Elton, Bingham, Leonard, Murciano, Pierson, Wynne,
Ashbourne, Gaber, Palmer, Terrill, Walker, Rothschild, Stein, Zeigler,
Guthrie, Rains, Roberts, Perry, Strasser, Krant, Gorder, Hays,
Salzenstein, Lewis, Nelson, Moore, Williams, Hatschek, Piechocinski,
Waller, Viscardi, Burch, Schenbeck, Elton, Alhadeff, Brabec,
Eichelberger, Gatling, Mager, Taylor, Vassall-Gore, Neill, McLaughlin,
The meeting was called to order by Sanchez at 8:38 am.
President’s Report (Sanchez)
Welcome and announcements. Sanchez extended a thank you to the
Berklee conference committee for a wonderful event. Sanchez made
the announcement of the 2010 conference in Miami and call for ideas on
panels was solicited.
Summary of the past three years included doubled membership, an
increase in conference attendance and an overall surge and momentum. He
is pleased with the continued progress and is looking forward to
focused growth and a more formalized structure. This was the
first year an online conference registration was done on-site.
Membership system is gathering data and goal is to have automated
membership system with individual profiles in the coming years.
Sanchez announced a sponsorship package that was formalized this
year. Discussion about content followed.
Sanchez thanked the membership for allowing him to serve the past 2
Approval of the Minutes
Motion to approve minutes as presented:
Vice-President’s/Election Report (Wangler)
• 18 people ran for Board positions
• 62 people voted in elections, an increase in
number, but decrease in percentage of membership.
• A tie occurred in this year’s election between two
general board positions
This year's positions up for election:
• Director of Student Relations
• 4 general board positions
Call went out for suggestions on improvement in the process. A
few members mentioned they had difficulty in receiving correspondence
about the election and emails being sent thereto. Bulla stated
that the Secretary sends out messages every 3-4 weeks and for members
to be diligent about checking spam filters. Records show that
people are receiving them, but are not opening them. Schreiber will
follow-up with a post conference announcement within 1 week for
confirmation of receipt. Wangler encouraged institutional reps to
approach colleagues to check emails as well.
Mager asked about any difficulties regarding browsers and voting
format. Bulla mentioned that voting is done in HTML to make the
process more accessible. Knisley made the suggestion of posting
pictures when elections are being made. It could help in
connecting the name with the individual. Bulla mentioned that it
might add complexity and more difficulty to the process. Knisley also
expressed a concern about the timing of the elections and the possible
consideration of changing them. Wangler explained the rational
behind the current system. A suggestion was made by Knisely to have the
nomination process start in October and voting begin in November.
Motion to move the election process to begin in
October, elections in November: Guillermo
Sanchez acknowledged outgoing board and welcomed in new board.
Sanchez explained to the membership the voting procedures as to the tie
that occurred and the 1-year appointments filling the vacant
Tonya Butler-University of Memphis
Andrea Johnson-Berklee College
Kim Wangler-Appalachian State
Becky Chappell-Anderson University
2009-10 elected board members
Director of Membership-Elton
1-year appointments-due to vacant
Immediate Past President- Rey Sanchez
Treasurer’s Report (Bulla)
Bulla discussed the financial position of the organization. (See Appendix
& Appendix B
Bulla briefly discussed conference attendance and record attendance,
cost is up, but so is expected net profit. Final report will follow
Students expected: 225
Faculty Expected: 60
Discussed three-year strategic plan and the reasoning behind the
negative net 2008 revenue. Numbers were in-line with expectations
taking into consideration of the strategic plan. Brief discussion
about sponsorships followed. Concerns about tracking advertising
and its effectiveness were brought up. Bulla discussed “clicks”
on website and increase from 500,000 clicks a year since inception to
over 3,000,000 a year currently. A question was brought to the
membership on the Billboard ads and the profile portrayed.
Membership seemed positive to the branding being done in Billboard thus
Membership Report (Bulla, Elton) (See Appendix
170 Active Members, increase from 140 last year
668 Student Members
65 Institutional Members
Bulla went through general membership report (See Appendix
Bulla mentioned 113 schools have activity of some kind, including
faculty, MEISA chapters etc, but are not officially institutional
Discussion ensued about the motion that was understood as tabled last
year, but was eventually noticed as withdrawn by the membership.
The Motion Withdrawn included:
“Should an Institutional Membership be a requirement for having a MEISA
The discussion went as follows:
Ronkin expressed concern about budget cuts and pushing to hard on
institutions to join at this time. A question was posed by the
membership as to the rational behind making it a requirement. It
allows for closer control, liability and concerns over the brand
association. Kemmerer mentioned that someone on campus may be
have oversight over the group but may not be a member i.e. Dean of
Sanchez made clear there are three options:
1. Has to have a MEIEA member as an advisor (current
2. Should it be an institutional membership?
(current motion on the floor)
3. Should there be any? (Up for discussion if so
Concerns that center on the institutional membership requirement have
more to do with oversight and to finalize liability, than any
else. What is the advantage to an institutional membership?
Why wouldn’t the chapter be a member? Sanchez mentioned that
there currently isn’t a chapter membership. An issue for further
discussion should be done. Students could be required to register
their chapters as institutional members. Guillermo suggested that
we untable the motion and come back to it next year.
Progris mentioned that the original intention was to model after the
MENC chapters and suggested that we take a look at those guidelines and
policies to potentially model. Gorder mentioned that once decided
we would have to enforce it. A compliance timeline could be given to
those chapters that could not immediately comply. Kemmerer
suggested that we firm up our current policy before moving ahead with
becoming an institutional member.
No further discussion continued or action taken after awareness was
made that the motion was withdrawn.
Bulla mentioned a job posting that was added from an outside source
that generated revenue for the organization. It revolved around
the benefits to membership including access to the job board.
Journal Report & Research Stipends (Ronkin)
Ronkin discussed research grant proposals and the process of
involvement. Encouraged submissions and to check the website in a
couple of weeks for details.
Deadline: Priority Consideration - May 31, 2009
2008 Grants Offered
1. Senior Faculty Grant
2. Collaborative Educator and Industry Practitioner
3. Junior Faculty Grant
Ronkin identified the current research grant recipient and stated that
the demand for academic papers has been increasing.
Ronkin mentioned that the 2008 MEIEA Journal came out in fall and that
he was seeking submissions for 2009.
Current rejection rate: 40%, last year 50%
Circulation goes to all members and to EBSCO subscriptions
Deadline: End of May, posted on Website as well
Current Sections of the Journal:
• Research Papers
• Pedagogy Section
• Student Papers
• Book Reviews
Ronkin Solicited for interest in being Journal reviewers.
The next step is to raise availability and visibility. Ronkin is
seeking volunteers to assist in making that happen, including help to
increase citations and other activities surrounding electronic
Call for MEIEA Conference Hosts
Sanchez put out the call for future conference hosts.
2010 Conference Update - (Elton, Sanchez)
2010 Conference: Miami, FL
Dates: March 26 & 27
Wangler announced a project she is undertaking that involves more
activity in CMS and notified the membership that they do not have a
music business board position. She has been appointed as a
committee member to represent the interests of music business education
for CMS and would like help providing that cause.
Schenbeck proposed having MEISA chapters in high schools. She
briefly went through her ideas with the membership that included having
each MEIEA or MEISA Chapter target individual schools – have an intern
or liaison. High Schools chosen should be considered
carefully. Rochester areas has already has small music business
majors and thinks it would be a good idea. Another idea could
include having those clubs do small projects on “how to put on a
concert” Start training them early and getting high school students
involved in business activities. “A first and unique.”
Haynes mentioned some ideas about Brand building. Micro-lectures
or podcasts could be posted as a way to build value. Bulla
mentioned Media site, that we are currently recording papers and panels
to do just that.
Knisley mentioned her millennial student panel.
Motion to adjourn: Kellogg
The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 am.