Qualifications

Article 2 Section 1. Classes of Membership

This Corporation shall have the following classes of Memberships and such other types and classes of memberships as may be created by vote of Two-Thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors.

A. Active
B. Associate
C. Career Achievement
D. Honorary
E. Student
F. Retired

Article 2 Section 2. Qualifications for Classes of Members

A. Active. A Sound Mixer whose achievements are deemed sufficient to be recommended for membership in the Cinema Audio Society. Eligibility for this classification shall be determined solely by the guidelines in Article 2 Section 3.

B. Associate. Any individual involved in cinematic sound, or a closely related field, while not qualifying for active membership may qualify for membership as an associate upon two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors.

Associate members are entitled to the rights and privileges of an Active member and enjoy the social and academic activity of the Cinema Audio Society. However, an Associate member may not have the right to use the letters “CAS” after their name on Screen Credits, or in publicity of any kind, or the right to vote.

C. Career Achievement. A person deemed worthy of such a membership by the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. A Career Achievement honoree shall be exempt from the initiation fees, dues and assessments for life. Career Achievement honorees shall have the status of Active membership for life.

D. Honorary. A person deemed worthy of such a membership by the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. An Honorary member shall be exempt from the initiation fees, dues and assessments for life.

E. Student. An individual actively enrolled in a recognized educational program with an interest in the Art of Cinematic Sound. The application shall be accompanied by appropriate substantiated records. This application must be resubmitted annually for review to confirm the continuation of student status.

F. Retired. An Active member who ceases to be actively employed in the field of Cinematic Sound for reasons of retirement, transfer to other fields, or illness may, by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors be granted, for services rendered to the Sound Profession, retired membership status. Such membership shall be exempt from initiation fees, dues and assessments so long as the recipient remains inactive as a Sound Mixer, but should such member again become actively employed in mixing, such fact to be determined by the Board of Directors, such member shall from that time resume paying current dues and assessments.

Article 2 Section 3. Admission to membership

The following steps and procedure shall be taken for the admission to active membership in the Cinema Audio Society:

A. As a minimum requirement to qualify for active membership, an applicant must have had no less than five (5) years experience as a professional sound mixer in motion pictures or television. The applicant must produce proof of said period of time, in the form of a list of confirmable Credits. The list shall be verified by the Board of Directors of the Cinema Audio Society. Upon their findings, the applicant shall pass or fail this requirement.

B. An applicant must be sponsored by two (2) active members in good standing. BOTH sponsors of CAS membership applicants must write a comprehensive letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant for consideration by the board.

C. Applications for membership shall be in writing, signed by the applicant, and submitted to the membership committee, together with a payment in an amount equal to the initiation fee, current dues and assessments.

D. Upon recommendation of the applicant by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors, his or her name shall be published in the CAS Quarterly. If thirty (30) days after publication no written objections have been received, the applicant shall be accepted to membership.

E. In the event that written objections are received, it shall be the sole discretion of the Board of Directors to pass upon such objections and, if found to be unsubstantiated or prejudiced, the applicant shall be accepted to membership.

F. If applicant is refused membership, any payment submitted by the applicant shall be refunded.

G. Any CAS membership applicant applying for Active membership whose application is denied (regardless of former Associate Membership status, or new acceptance of Associate Membership status) must wait a period of 12 months before submitting a new application.

H. The Board shall decide based upon verifiable years of credits and consideration of applicant’s overall dedication to the advancement of the art of sound.

ARTICLE 3

Privileges

Article 3 Section 1. Active members.

Only Active members in good standing shall have the right to put the letters “CAS” after their name on screen credits. Only Active members in good standing shall have the right to vote upon the business of the corporation. Each Active member shall have one vote and neither cumulative voting nor proxy voting shall be allowed.

Article 3 Section 2. Other Members.

Associate, Honorary, Student and Retired Members may attend meetings and participate in and enjoy the social, educational, and academic activities of the corporation, but shall not have voting privileges.

Article 3 Section 3. Termination of Membership.

Membership in the corporation shall not be transferable and shall cease together with all rights and privileges therein upon the death, withdrawal or expulsion of such member. No refund of any dues, fees or assessments shall be made upon such cessation.