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.

Applications open for Adelphi Orchestra’s young artist competition

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The deadline is February 1 to submit video applications for the Adelphi Orchestra’s annual young artist competition for string and wind musicians up to age 23....

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for January

Thursday, 12 January 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....

 

Hewlett Foundation launches new grants for music commissions in SF Bay Area

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts....

 

2017 Orchestras Feeding America materials are now available!

Friday, 06 January 2017

The League of American Orchestras is once again conducting its annual national food drive, Orchestras Feeding America. And once again we are asking for your help by participating in this year’s effort....

 

Orchestras: apply now for 2019 SHIFT festival

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Proposals are due by January 17, 2017 for the third annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, April 8-14, 2019, in Washington, D.C....

 

League of American Orchestras and New Music USA announce five new Music Alive residencies

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Five composer and orchestra pairs have been selected through a peer review panel process to participate in Music Alive, a national three-year composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA....

 

Activate trustees, optimize fundraising

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Attend Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising, a professional development seminar in San Francisco, February 16, 2017, offered through the League of American Orchestras’ Noteboom Governance Center in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO)...

 

2016 is almost over—now is the time to give!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Heartfelt thanks go out to those who made donations to the League of American Orchestras in 2016. If you haven’t yet given, we hope you will think of the League as you consider your year-end donations....

 

Nominations now open for the 2017 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Friday, 16 December 2016

The League of American Orchestras announces that Ford Motor Company Fund has renewed its support for the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. This award, entering its second year...

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for December

Thursday, 15 December 2016

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 of American Orchestras and EarShot announce composers for Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Three composers—Chen-Hui Jen, Wang Jie, and Hannah Lash—will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2016 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, which is administered by the American Composers Orchestra and EarShot and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation....

 

Free webinar explains new rules for musical instruments and protected species

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Is your orchestra ready to follow the new regulations for crossing international borders with musical instruments that contain protected species, such as ivory, rosewood, tortoise shell, and other material? In a free webinar, experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....

 

Sign up now for Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Monday, 12 December 2016

Executive directors: Now is the time to register for the League of American Orchestras’ popular Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 28-30, in Dallas, Texas, at The Westin Dallas Downtown....

 

Improve your board’s fundraising odds

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Attend Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising, a professional development seminar in San Francisco, February 16, 2017, presented by the League of American Orchestras in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras....

 

Free webinar from the League on building arts audiences with Wallace research

Monday, 05 December 2016

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts organizations. Even so, many orchestras shy away from research, often citing lack of money, time, or skills....

 

Free webinar on new rules for musical instruments and protected species

Friday, 02 December 2016

Is your orchestra ready to follow new rules for crossing international borders with musical instruments that contain protected species, such as ivory, rosewood, tortoise shell, and other material?...

 

Learn about Carnegie Hall’s free Link Up program in December 13 webinar

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Carnegie Hall invites orchestras to bring the free Link Up program to their communities in the 2017-18 season. Learn more during a 30-minute webinar...

 

SHIFT invites orchestras to apply for 2019 festival

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Orchestras are invited to submit proposals for the third annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, April 8-14, 2019, in Washington, D.C....

 

Free webinar for League members—Inside Exemplary Service: Ford Musician Awardees

Monday, 21 November 2016

Click here to watch a free webinar at which you’ll meet the five orchestra musicians who earned Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Each musician performs with an orchestra that is a member of the League of American Orchestras.... 

 

Register now for Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Friday, 18 November 2016

Executive directors may now register for the League of American Orchestras’ popular Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 28-30, in Dallas, Texas, at The Westin Dallas Downtown.... 

 

Check out Symphony magazine on your laptop, your desktop, your phone—for free

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Read all the latest news, provocative essays, in-depth articles, and cutting-edge research in the latest issue of Symphony, available online now free of charge....

 

’Tis the season…

Monday, 14 November 2016

Amid the festivities, shopping, and time with family, the holiday season is also an important time for charitable organizations, with about a quarter of annual donations being made in the last two months of the year. With AmazonSmile.... 

 

Free Wallace webinar on using research to build arts audiences

Tuesday, 08 November 2016

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts organizations. Even so, many orchestras shy away from research, often citing lack of money, time, or skills. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time....

 

Applications open for University of Michigan chamber music competition, with $100,000 prize

Thursday, 03 November 2016

The University of Michigan’s M-Prize chamber arts competition is now accepting applications for the 2017 competition, with a deadline of Feb. 1, 2017....

 

Free webinar for League members! Inside Exemplary Service: The Ford Musician Awardees

Tuesday, 01 November 2016

A free webinar for League of American Orchestras members on Friday, Nov. 4 will shine a spotlight on the five orchestra musicians who earned Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service....

 

Free Wallace webinar on using research to build arts audiences

Friday, 21 October 2016

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts organizations. Even so, many orchestras shy away from research, often citing lack of money, time, or skills to carry it out....

 

Applications open for composers to apply for Underwood New Music Readings

Thursday, 20 October 2016

December 12 is the deadline for composers to apply for the American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood New Music Readings. Up to seven composers in the early stages of their careers will be selected, and one will receive a $15,000 commission....

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for October

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

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....

 

Meet the recipients of the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A free webinar for League of American Orchestras members on Friday, Nov. 4 will shine a spotlight on the five orchestra musicians who earned Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service....

 

Watch it now: League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Monday, 17 October 2016

Check out five conductors on the rise in a new video from the League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. The video—featuring Conner Gray Covington, Roderick Cox, Paul Ghun Kim, Rebecca Miller, and Stefan Sanders—is available through Wednesday, November 9, 2016....

 

Learn more about League’s new American Orchestras’ Futures Fund

Friday, 14 October 2016

A 60-minute orientation webinar and a “Frequently Asked Questions” document about the League’s new American Orchestras’ Futures Fund are now available on the League website.... 

 

Apply now for Early Music America’s 2017 Young Performers Festival

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Early Music America is accepting applications through Friday, December 19, for its 2017 Young Performers Festival....

 

Lincoln Center opens its doors—onstage and off—with daylong Facebook Live broadcast

Thursday, 06 October 2016

On Friday, October 7, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will livestream A Day in the Life at Lincoln Center, a daylong Facebook Live broadcast featuring the eleven performing arts organizations resident at Lincoln Center in New York City....

 

Apply for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Performance Grants through Oct. 14

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is currently accepting 2016 WPA Performance Grant applications from orchestras and ensembles in the United States. Grants are offered to encourage orchestras to perform music composed by historic and contemporary women composers....

 

Futures Fund webinar this Friday, October 7

Monday, 03 October 2016

Learn all about the new American Orchestras’ Futures Fund in an orientation webinar this Friday, October 7, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Presenters, including League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen, will cover the grant guidelines and application process....

 

Teenage women composers invited to submit scores for Luna Composition Lab

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The deadline is September 30 for female composers from eighth grade through college freshman to submit scores to apply for the Luna Composition Lab, a new initiative of Kaufman Music Center in New York City....

 

Watch it now: League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

This year, for the first time, you can watch video of the concert led by the five conductors in the League’s Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview....

 

League launches $4.5 million American Orchestras’ Futures Fund

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The League of American Orchestras has launched the American Orchestras’ Future Fund, a new grantmaking program funded by the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. The $4.5 million program will offer two-year organizational grants as well as short-term technical assistance grants....

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for September

Friday, 16 September 2016

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....

 

Orchestra Statistical Report survey now open—responses due Oct. 31

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The League’s 2014-15 Orchestra Statistical Report (OSR) survey is open. DataArts is now providing the data collection platform for the League’s OSR, making this new OSR survey quicker to complete than ever. It has up to a third-fewer questions than prior years....

 

League selects nine orchestra executives for 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Nine orchestra administrators have been chosen to take part in the League of American Orchestras’ ten-month Emerging Leaders Program, which begins this month and will culminate with a joint presentation with the program participants at the League’s 2017 National Conference in Detroit....

 

Celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 11-17

Thursday, 08 September 2016

Next week is National Arts in Education Week. Here are some ways for orchestras and their supporters to get involved....

 

Apply for Sphinx Organization’s first administrative diversity fellowship

Tuesday, 06 September 2016

The deadline is September 16 to apply for the Sphinx Organization’s first diversity fellowship, which provides a stipend of $20,000 for approximately 30 hours per week with Sphinx from October 2016 through June 1, 2017....

 

New Music Gathering accepting proposals for next conference

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The deadline is October 1, 2016 to submit proposals for the third annual New Music Gathering, a three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support, and creation of new concert music....

 

Call for applications: Music Alive composer-orchestra residencies

Friday, 19 August 2016

The deadline is September 30 for orchestras to submit letters of intent for composer-orchestra residencies through Music Alive, a joint program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The three-year residencies begin during the 2016-17…

 

“Taking Out the Guesswork” Conference video now online!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Nearly 1,000 orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League's 71st National Conference this June, and one of the highlights was Taking Out the Guesswork: Using Research to Build Arts Audiences, a session led by marketing and research expert Bob Harlow....

 

Now posted: August edition of Technology News of Note

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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 electronic media activities that orchestras use....

 

Study in England offers new approaches to arts funding

Monday, 08 August 2016

The city of Birmingham, England has announced the findings of a three-month inquiry into how cultural investment in Birmingham can be grown through public and private sources.... 

 

Check it out! New issue of Symphony magazine

Friday, 05 August 2016

American orchestras are responding to tragic U.S. and world events by harnessing the healing power of music. The new issue of Symphony examines the ways that orchestras are using music, heartfelt commentary, and even moments of silence to offer…

 

New England Conservatory to offer 1,000 free events in 2016-17

Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Among the many conservatories and university music programs offering free concerts this coming season is Boston’s New England Conservatory, which has announced 1,000 free performances and events leading  up to the school’s 150th anniversary in…

 

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