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how does it all work?

Photo Cred Kai Oberhauser

What Is A Co-operativE?

Across the world, all co-operatives are guided by 7 voluntary, universal co-operative principles.

These are central to a co-operatives’ DNA and help decision makers in a co-op accomplish dual, financial and social goals:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership – Everyone is Welcome!
  2. Democratic Member Control – Members elect Board of Directors
  3. Member Economic Participation – Each member owns the business
  4. Autonomy and Independence – No corporate control
  5. Education, Training and Information – Share, learn and grow
  6. Co-operation among Co-operatives – Together we achieve more
  7. Concern for Community – Building strong communities

What does it mean to be a member-owner?

You contribute to shaping and growing your co-op, are part of the governance, are kept informed about details.

What are the benefits of a co-op?

Democratic Economic Autonomy. Members are co-owners. 

We can make sure our artists and members are treated fairly and with respect. 

Currently EvMC offers members the opportunity to help build a r-evolutionary music culture and community. Inquire about work opportunities, volunteer (timebanking equity). Once the co-op is established, EvMC can obtain group insurance rates, and explore best dental/health benefits plans for working members.

I’m an emerging Musician/Artist,
Can I apply to be an artist member?

Yes! We accept applications from music, arts and media creators. Send us your portfolio and we will get back to you to talk about possibilities. 

What is time banking?
How does EvMC use time banking?

Time Banking is a method by which EvMC Artist and Community Members can barter their time and skills, goods and services, such as: use of equipment or recording time, a producer can barter with a singer, a singer with a coach…a photographer with an artist, a videographer with an actor…a venue with a band…

There are many ways to trade and create together as a co-operative!

Wages/dividends/bartering for EvMC members are paid from a revenue/investment stream based on work-time equity (current standard rate $20/hour). For example, a member who works 10 hours helping the co-op get started or supporting an event, etc. can receive $200 in services,
or in payments, as revenue/surplus grows. As the timebank grows, the variety of services will be able to expand beyond arts; haircuts, cooking, garden help etc, and members can trade in other timebanks as well.

When you are approved as a member, you will receive a Welcome Package that provides access to our easy-to-use online time banking platform. We provide support for creating your profile and getting started with training resources.