Musicians association meeting hits sour note

The CMEA executive committee elected at a 12 Jan. meeting were, from left, Cashas 'Super C' Stewart (director), Isadora Ferrao (assistant secretary), James Geary (vice president), Michael Wilks (president), Vashti Bodden (secretary), Clive Scotland (treasurer), and Eden Hurlston (director). - Photo: Supplied

Controversy has erupted over the leadership of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association following an annual general meeting earlier this month.

Members who attended the meeting voted to replace Jean-Eric Smith as president with Michael Wilks.

The newly elected board was announced in a press release last week. However, Smith is challenging the validity of the election and the AGM.

In his own press release, Smith said the meeting on 12 Jan. was invalid as it was held before the scheduled annual meeting on 1 March.

“It is therefore with great regret that, as the legal President of the Association, I must notify all members of the Association, and the Cayman public, that the purported AGM … held on the 12th of January 2020, is null and void,” Smith said.

He said a “proper constituted” AGM would go ahead on 1 March at Constitution Hall in George Town, adding, “Accordingly, any interaction with the person(s) who claimed to be elected as Executive pursuant to the meeting held on January 12th, 2020 will be at the sole risk of those persons so doing.”

Eden Hurlston, who was appointed a director of CMEA at the meeting, told the Cayman Compass that the 12 Jan. meeting was held in accordance with CMEA’s constitution.

“The previous AGM was held on 4 Nov. 2018, more than a year ago. As the constitution dictates that these meetings should be called within a year of each other, the members, including founding and distinguished members and former executive officers, were within their rights to call the meeting,” Hurlston said.

He said a majority executive committee decision was made on 13 Dec. 2019 to hold the AGM on 12 Jan.

“As far as the members of this democratic organisation are concerned, following the rules of the constitution, it was a proper and official meeting. We therefore cannot speak to [Smith’s] opinion on the matter,” Hurlston said.

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