On 4 November, over 120 attendees representing 100 member organisations, attended IFRRO’s first ever virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The AGM approved the annual report which was presented during the virtual meeting by Yngve Slettholm, IFRRO’s President. In his address to the meeting Yngve spoke about the key aspects of IFRRO’s work in 2020, which would not have been possible without the support of our members. He commented that when faced with challenges such as the one posed by the pandemic, IFRRO and its members adapt, develop and innovate, while responding to user’s needs and protecting the interests of rightsholders around the world. He also acknowledged the strong cooperation work with stakeholders such as WIPO and CISAC, among others.
Also, during the meeting, Dora Makwinja, IFRRO’s First Vice President, presented the Membership Report, and advised that IFRRO now has a total of 156 members of which 106 are RRO members and 50 are Creator or Publisher Association members. This represents an increase of 20% in RRO members, in the five years since the AGM in 2015.
Each of the Membership and the Nominating Committees were elected for a three year term at the AGM, until 2023. For the Membership Committee, Dora Makwinja (COSOMA) was elected as Chair and Board representative, José Borghino (IPA) and Barbara Hayes (ALCS) were elected as the Creator and Publisher Association representatives on the Committee and Sandra Csillag (Literar-Mechana) and Frédérique Couette (COPIBEC) were elected as the RRO Member representatives on the Committee. For the Nominating Committee Sandra Csillag (Literar-Mechana) was elected as the Chair, with Magdalena Iraizoz (CADRA), Anders Kristian Rasch (Copydan) and Paul Wee (CLASS) elected as the other Committee members.
Caroline Morgan, CEO and Secretary General of IFRRO, gave an update on activities, reporting on the impact of the pandemic on the work of our members, presenting preliminary findings of the member survey on the topic.
The Finance Report was presented by Tracey Armstrong, 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of IFRRO. Members reappointed the auditor; approved the audited accounts 2019-2020 and approved the budget 2020-2021.
The meeting concluded with the announcement that, circumstances permitting, the 2021 AGM will take place in Singapore, hosted by IFRROs RRO member, CLASS.