Help Yourself

Help Yourself is an update on League activities and programs. It includes information on upcoming seminars, events, and meetings, as well as League announcements, Conference updates, award programs, and application deadlines.

New World Symphony to live-stream premiere of crowdsourced work

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Project 305, a nearly yearlong project to crowdsource a symphony and accompanying film about Miami by its residents, will culminate in a free concert celebrating the diversity of Miami-Dade County on Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida....

 

Southwest Florida Symphony to hold Hurricane Irma relief benefit concert

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Southwest Florida Symphony and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers will hold a Hurricane Irma Relief Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Art Center....

 

Juilliard offers free live-streams of master classes with Nézet-Séguin, Perahia, Schiff, and DiDonato

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Juilliard School will present a series of free, live-streamed master classes this season with pianist Murray Perahia on Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. (Eastern time); pianist András Schiff on Monday, October 16 at 4 p.m.; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on Tuesday, October 17 at 4 p.m.; and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 4 p.m....

 

ICSOM works to assist musicians of Puerto Rico Symphony affected by Hurricane Maria

Friday, 06 October 2017

The International Conference of Symphony and Orchestra Musicians (ICSOM) has launched a fundraising drive to help the musicians of the Puerto Rico Symphony, who have experienced severe hardship due to Hurricane Maria in September. “News reports of the…

 

Calling all conductors: apply now for League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Applications are now open for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, April 3-4, 2018. The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is a program of the League of American Orchestras. …

 

National Sawdust launches Hildegard Competition for women composers

Monday, 02 October 2017

Brooklyn’s National Sawdust organization has launched an annual Hildegard Competition for emerging women composers. The competition’s judges, all composers, will be National Sawdust Artistic Director Paola Prestini...

 

Check it out: 2018 Media Kit for Symphony magazine and The Hub

Friday, 29 September 2017

Reach the people who matter via Symphony magazine and The Hub. The League of American Orchestras’ communication vehicles offer access into the world of orchestras like no other publications can....

 

Digital Media Digest for September 2017 available now

Monday, 25 September 2017

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the digital media activities that orchestras use....

 

Free stream of New York Philharmonic’s season-opening Mahler 5 concert on Facebook Live

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The New York Philharmonic’s September 19 season-opening gala concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden will be streamed free on Facebook Live....

 

Report: positive results on health for older adults who participate in the arts

Monday, 18 September 2017

Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither, states a report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at ... 

 

Conductors: Apply now for League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Friday, 15 September 2017

Applications are now open for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, hosted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, April 3-4, 2018....

 

Your orchestra’s League membership expires September 30

Thursday, 14 September 2017

It’s time to renew your orchestra’s membership in the League of American Orchestras, the only national association dedicated to orchestras....

 

Celebrate National Arts in Education Week

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Every year, members of the League of American Orchestras state that one of their top concerns is the status of music education available to students. A prime opportunity to speak up and display strength in numbers is to celebrate...

 

League posts resources on disaster relief for orchestras, updates on orchestras affected by Hurricane Harvey, and how to help

Monday, 11 September 2017

The League of American Orchestras has posted several pages on its website offering resources for musicians and orchestras affected by natural disasters....

 

Documentary about Cleveland Orchestra’s “Cunning Little Vixen” production broadcast on Sept. 8

Friday, 08 September 2017

Opera Reimagined: Animating the Cunning Little Vixen, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the Cleveland Orchestra’s 2014 performance of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, will be broadcast on September 8 at 9 p.m. ET in Northeast Ohio on Cleveland’s WVIZ/PBS ideastream station....

 

League posts updates on orchestras affected by the hurricane and information about disaster relief

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

The hearts and thoughts of everyone at the League of American Orchestras are with those in Texas and Louisiana who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. After contacting all member orchestras in Texas that we knew to be affected by the hurricane, the League has heard back from…

 

Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Hub will take a brief hiatus from August 30 to September 4. We will be back in full swing on Tuesday, September 5.

 

Readiness planning for the arts

Monday, 28 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to hit coastal Texas in decades, causing damage in many areas and affecting several performing arts organizations. Everyone in the path of the hurricane is in the thoughts of the League of American Orchestras, and the League stands ready to assist member organizations....

 

Resource: Reaching arts audiences on a budget

Friday, 25 August 2017

Are you looking for ways to reach new audiences? Be sure to check out the Wallace Foundation’s session from the League’s recent Conference in Detroit. Bold and Informed: Researching Audiences on a Budget is a recently posted video of that session featuring Sara Billmann and…

 

Applications now open for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy performance grants

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is currently accepting 2017 WPA Performance Grant applications from orchestras and ensembles in the United States....

 

Digital Media Digest for August 2017 available now

Monday, 21 August 2017

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the digital media activities that orchestras use....

 

Grant requests for League’s Futures Fund due August 31

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a $4.5 million grants program launched by the League of American Orchestras and made possible through the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, supports a select number of orchestras making significant investments in organizational learning and innovation....

 

New report from League on orchestras’ education and community engagement work reveals growth in activity

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Of and For the Community, a new report from the League of American Orchestras, details the growth of orchestras’ education and community engagement (EdCE) work and examines the purpose and scope of those activities.... 

 

Paul R. Judy Center now accepting grants proposals focusing on innovative ensembles

Friday, 04 August 2017

Proposals are being accepted through October 1, 2017 by the Paul R. Judy Center for grants for research and projects related to innovative ensembles. The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research...

 

SphinxConnect diversity conference, February 1-4, 2018

Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Registration is now open for SphinxConnect, the annual conference held in Detroit by the Sphinx Organization for artists and leaders in diversity in classical music....

 

Resource: Researching arts audiences on a budget

Monday, 24 July 2017

The League’s 2017 Conference in Detroit may be over—but the learning from the great sessions continues. Video of the highly rated Bold and Informed: Researching Audiences on a Budget session is posted on the League’s post-Conference site, along with the detailed PowerPoint…

 

Discounts for League members to National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

League of American Orchestras members get $180 off the registration fee to the National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference in Los Angeles, October 17 and 18. The “super early bird” registration deadline is July 30.... 

 

Digital Media Digest for July 2017 now available

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League posts a monthly digest of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the digital media activities that orchestras use.... 

 

League announces faculty and participants in Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Monday, 17 July 2017

Thirty-two professionals from across the country will take part in the League of American Orchestras’ ten-day Essentials of Orchestra Management program in Los Angeles, July 18-27....

 

Emerging Leaders Program applications due Monday, July 31

Friday, 14 July 2017

Apply today for the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), an unparalleled opportunity for high-potential orchestra professionals to learn and grow without leaving one’s orchestra.... 

 

Update: Details emerge on how Supreme Court immigration decision affects traveling artists

Thursday, 13 July 2017

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the injunction on the March 6 executive order, allowing for the reinstatement of travel restrictions, with certain limits. The Court’s decision specified that travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or…

 

Detroit Symphony to live-stream Sunday’s send-off concert before Asia tour

Friday, 07 July 2017

On Sunday, July 9, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at Orchestra Hall, which will be live-streamed as part of the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series....

 

Check it out: Symphony magazine’s summer issue

Thursday, 06 July 2017

The new issue of Symphony, the League’s award-winning magazine, is available now—in print and online. This keepsake edition celebrates the start of the League’s landmark 75th year with up-to-date news about the orchestra field as well as in-depth coverage of the vital work the League has long done to support orchestras....

 

Happy July 4!

Friday, 30 June 2017

The Hub will return following the Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 5. …

 

FY17 is almost over—now is the time to give to the League!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Our heartfelt thanks to those of you who have already given to the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 Annual Fund. We are grateful for your generosity and support, and are fortunate to have you as a part of the League family. …

 

Orchestras in Groups 5-8 and youth orchestras invited to apply for the League’s American Orchestras’ Futures Fund

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Across the country, orchestras are vigorously engaged in groundbreaking work, embracing opportunities presented by the current environment. To support this innovative work, the League of American Orchestras launched the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, made possible through…

 

Check out 2017 Conference highlights and photos!

Friday, 23 June 2017

The League of American Orchestras’ 2017 National Conference in Detroit may be over—but the excitement and great content continue at the post-Conference website....

 

Welcoming summer with “Make Music”

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Make Music, a free celebration of music around the world on June 21, the summer solstice, was launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique. Ten years ago, the festival crossed the Atlantic ...

 

Donating instrument strings for young musicians

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

As every musician knows, strings on stringed instruments wear out. And while professional musicians discard their used strings when they are no longer at peak performance, aspiring musicians in underprivileged schools often are unable to practice because they cannot afford to replace broken strings....

 

League members: take advantage of the best resources on board governance and fundraising!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

To share the latest research and best ideas with its members, the League of American Orchestras partners with groups such as BoardSource, a highly respected national organization...

 

League Giving Day a success!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation on League Giving Day and to those who helped spread the word. The League of American Orchestras not only met but surpassed the $75,000 goal, raising a total of $102,718 in one day....

 

Composers: Apply for ACO’s career development workshop, June 23

Friday, 09 June 2017

The American Composers Orchestra is offering a career development workshop for composers on Friday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DiMenna Center in Manhattan....

 

Watch free livestream of the League Conference’s Opening Plenary today

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

At 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 6, watch the Opening Plenary session of the League’s 2017 Conference as civic, business, and cultural leaders reveal the powerful interplay of their paths and how they’ve become change agents in building a new Detroit for all....

 

Applications now accepted for the League’s Emerging Leaders Program

Friday, 02 June 2017

For an unparalleled opportunity to learn and grow without leaving your orchestra, consider the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) from the League of American Orchestras. The ELP increases the leadership capabilities of high-potential orchestra professionals, benefitting…

 

One-day fundraiser on June 7 celebrates the League’s 75th anniversary

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the League of American Orchestras, and the celebrations begin with League Giving Day on Wednesday, June 7. …

 

Cliburn piano competition, streaming online and in movie theaters

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is now underway in Fort Worth, Texas, with 30 pianists ages 18 to 30 competing in preliminary rounds from May 25-28 at Bass Performance Hall. This year’s entire competition through June 10 will be live streamed at…

 

Is yours a fundraising “team”?

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ensure effective board-staff collaboration. Register today for the League of American Orchestras’ new leadership development seminar, Your Board’s Role in Fundraising, on Thursday, June 22, at the League’s New York office....

 

Group rate smorgasbord

Thursday, 18 May 2017

You can still save big on registration to the League’s 72nd National Conference. Group rates are available for volunteers, board members, colleges, youth orchestras, and for all members in orchestra groups 1-8.... 

 

League Honors Five Orchestra Musicians with Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras for their important work in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums, and more....

 

American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants go to 21 orchestras

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The League of American Orchestras has announced grants to 21 large- and medium-budget U.S. orchestras. The grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each, focus on an array of programs incubating organizational innovation and experimentation....

 

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