About Air Guitar UK
|AGUK run the annual Air Guitar UK Championships, the competition to crown the greatest air guitarist in the United Kingdom and send them to represent the nation at the annual Air Guitar World Championships. We were founded by 2-time World Air Guitar Champion Zac ‘The Magnet’ Monro, who brought the international phenomenon of air guitar to the UK for the first time in 2006 (see our History). Air Guitar UK are the only air guitar organisation in the country who are officially part of the World Air Guitar Network.|
|AGUK is a non-profit association run by volunteer devotees to air guitar. We are members of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and our official aims include supporting Teenage Cancer Trust (see our Constitution, below).|
As well as running the Air Guitar UK Championships, we engage in all kinds of creative partnerships with all kinds of people, from air guitar Guinness World Records to air guitar karaoke nights. To find out what we get up to and see if we could work together, check out Work With Us.
|“This is always such a fun event in our music fundraising calendar, plus, it has raised lots of money over the years for young people diagnosed with cancer.” |
- Jen Walker, Music Coordinator, Teenage Cancer Trust
|Air Guitar UK is kindly supported by Ovation, who's production arm Ovation Productions create, organise and produce all types of corporate events, and who's highly successful theatre arm Ovation Theatres run Upstairs at the Gatehouse, an award winning London Fringe Theatre with a varied programme of drama, musicals and fringe theatre productions.|
The Air Team
|Danny "The Midnight Moses" Robertson|
Association Chair and Artistic Director
Acting Association Treasurer
|Zac "The Magnet" Monro|
Association Secretary and AGUK Founder
The Philosophy of Air Guitar
Air guitar will save your life.
Instant therapy and a force for world peace, air guitar cannot be underestimated. All of humanity may be found there. It is the last remaining true and pure art form. As the only activity on stage that takes place without rehearsal, props, a voice or indeed anything but the soul bared to the baying crowd, it is the humanity.
And as the legend has it, a time will come when all will pick up their air guitars together as one, and on that day a new civilisation will begin. You can steal our mobile phones, our cars and the shoes on our feet, but you cannot steal something that is invisible.
"All that is solid melts into air." - Marshall Berman
"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." - Indira Gandhi
"Thanks. I like to play." - Garth Algar
The joy of air guitar is that it's as free as the wind, it doesn't matter who you are or what you've got, all you need is a good tune and at least one arm (we've actually witnessed some pretty amazing one-armed air guitar!). But AGUK does have running costs, so any donations are always gratefully received!
- To hold the annual Air Guitar UK Championships to find the greatest air guitarist in the United Kingdom (the Air Guitar UK Champion).
- To send the Air Guitar UK Champion to represent the nation at the annual World Air Guitar Championships.
- To promote and advance the art, culture and heritage of air guitar in the UK by providing a focus for all things air.
- To support and raise awareness of our primary partner charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.
- To promote world peace.
2. Powers in furtherance of the Objects
- To work together as members irrespective of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, religious or non-religious beliefs, and political views.
- To seek out and foster the nation's air guitar talent through the organisation of and participation in events and activities involving air guitar and other related air art forms.
- To disseminate information to all members informing them of the Association's activities and plans, and to encourage participation in the same by publicising and promoting the work of the Association through social media, email and other appropriate means.
- To invite and receive contributions and raise funds where appropriate to finance the work of the Association and to open and maintain a bank account to manage such funds.
- To work with groups of a similar nature and exchange information, advice and knowledge with them, including cooperation with other voluntary bodies, charities, statutory and non-statutory organisations.
- To take any form of action that is lawful which is necessary to achieve the objects of the Association.
- Membership shall be open to any person who has an interest in assisting the Association to achieve its objects and is willing to adhere to the rules of the Association.
- Where it is considered that an applicant's membership or member's continued inclusion within the Association could be detrimental to the objects and activities of the Association, the Management Committee will have a right to refuse membership and may terminate or suspend membership by means of a resolution passed at a meeting.
- Suspended members shall have a right of appeal to an independent adjudicator determined by the mutual agreement of the Management Committee.
4. Management Committee
- The Association shall be administered by a Management Committee of no less than three (3) and no more than fifteen (15) members, who must all be at least 18 years of age.
- The Management Committee shall have an elected Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
- These officers shall serve for a period of 12 months from the date of the ratification of the constitution, or from the date of the previous election. Elections thereafter shall be by a show of hands at the AGM. Additional officers may be identified by the Management Committee as deemed necessary to achieve required activities.
- The Management Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year, and more often as activities require. The meetings shall enable the committee to discuss actions, monitor progress and consider further developments. The Chair reserves the option to take “Chair's Action” between meetings in the immediate interests of the Association should an urgent measure be required.
- Management Committee members shall be given 14 days’ notice of meetings unless it is deemed an emergency.
- Two thirds of Committee members must be present in order for a meeting to take place.
- It shall be the responsibility of the Chair or their designated deputy to chair the meetings.
- All meetings will be minuted and made accessible to all interested parties.
- The AGM shall take place no later than three months after the end of the financial year.
- All members are entitled to vote at an AGM. Voting will be by a show of hands on a majority basis. In the event of a tie, the Chair or their designated deputy in the absence of the Chair will have the final decision.
- Any monies acquired by the Association, including donations, contributions and bequests shall be paid into a bank account administered by the Management Committee.
- All funds will be applied in furtherance of the objects of the Association and for no other purpose. A bank account will be opened in the name of the Association.
- Any deeds, cheques etc. relating to the Association's bank account shall be verified by at least two and signed by one of the following: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary.
- Any income/expenditure shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer who will ensure that funds are utilised effectively and that the association stays within budget.
- An annual financial report shall be presented at the AGM. The Association's accounts shall run from April 1st to March 31st.
7. Amendment of the Constitution
- Any changes to the constitution will be by majority vote at a Special General Meeting.
- Amendments to the constitution or proposals for the dissolution of the Association must be submitted to the Secretary of the Association formally in writing.
- The Secretary and other officers will convene a Special General Meeting to consider these, giving members twenty eight (28) days’ notice.
- The Association may be dissolved if deemed necessary by members following a majority vote at a Special General Meeting. Any assets or remaining funds after debts have been paid shall be returned to their providers or transferred to charities or similar unincorporated groups.
- This constitution was adopted by the Air Guitar UK Management Committee in February of 2013:
- Chair: Mr. Daniel Michael Robertson
- Acting Treasurer: Mr. John Plews
- Secretary: Mr. Zachary Monro