Code of Ethics

Guild of Temple Musicians

Code of Ethics

Approved by the Board June 30, 2013

I.          Introduction and Membership Eligibility

            A.        The Guild of Temple Musicians includes a broad range of professionals and volunteers dedicated to creating and promoting Jewish music and worship.  We all are servants of the community, Sh’licheiTzibur.  As members of the Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM), an affiliate of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), we are responsible to uphold the highest level of ethical behavior.  Therefore, in alignment with the GTM Mission State­ment and the GTM Membership Policy Document, the Guild of Temple Musicians establishes this Code of Ethics.

            B.        The Guild welcomes anyone currently involved with Jewish Music at any level or anyone with an interest in Jewish music.  There are, however, three caveats to membership:

1.         All ACC Cantors are eligible to be GTM members, but they must also be members ingood standing of the ACC, their primary organization.

2.         All Cantorial Soloists must be Jewish.

3.         GTM reserves the right to refuse membership to those individuals who  promote values contrary to the Mission of the GTM.

II.  Standards of Behavior

            A.        Personal Responsibility:  Members shall exemplify and promote the highest standards of moral behavior in their personal and professional lives.  Even the appearance of miscon­duct or impropriety is unacceptable.  “Rabbi Shimon said, ‘There are three crowns–the crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of a sovereign; but the crown of a good name surpasses them all.’” (Pirkei Avot 4:1)    

            B.        Financial Responsibility:   Members shall conduct all personal and professional financial affairs with honesty and integrity.

            C.        Professional Integrity: Members shall not misrepresent their professional or academic credentials, status, or achievements.

III.       Publicity/Advertising

            A.        When publicizing or advertising religious services, programs and concerts, recordings, or publications, members shall ensure that all communications display good taste and dignity.

            B.        Members may not use the Shamash listserv for the purpose of self-promotion, as it is intended solely for the discussion of liturgical and musical issues and important notices to membership.  Direct solicitation or advertisement of services is prohibited.  Members are encouraged to send information on CD releases, concerts, life cycle events, and any other information they wish to share with membership to the Publicity Vice-President for inclusion in the e-newsletter.  Information and articles on special events / concerts, with photos, can also be sent in for inclusion in the website.

            C.        At no time shall one member denigrate another or compare her/himself to another on his or her personal profile page on the GTM website, his or her personal website, social networking sites, or by means of other media.

IV.  Copyright

            As we are reminded in Leviticus 19:13, “You shall not defraud your neighbor nor rob him.” With this moral obligation firmly in mind, members are responsible for making themselves aware of and for following copyright law.  When in doubt, we urge members to consult a legal expert.

V.  Placement

          Guild members seeking employment as cantorial soloists may not contact congregations under contract with the Joint Cantorial Placement Commission (JCPC). Congregational officers, clergy, and search-commit­tee members may not solicit applications from Guild members if the congregation is under contract with the JCPC.

VI.  Inappropriate Use of the Title “Cantor”

            A         Members of the GTM must use appropriate titling as outlined in the GTM membership document of February 10, 2013.  A cantorial soloist or song leader may not make use of the title “Cantor” unless proof of Ordination or Investiture from an approved school is demonstrated.  Without proof of Ordination or Investiture as described above, members of the GTM may not use the title “Cantor” on e-mail addresses, letterheads, business cards or in any titled portion of the Temple website. The title “Cantor” may not be used by members of the GTM in any publication or public recognition, such as a newspaper article or the like.

            B.        If a congregation insists that a Guild member use the title Cantor (and the member is not a Cantor), the member shall inform the congregation about this policy in writing and urge compliance.

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