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.

Watch: Bang on a Can music marathon live stream, July 30

Friday, 29 July 2016

This year’s Bang on a Can Marathon will be streamed live from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. The marathon is taking place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts as part of the Bang on a Can Summer Music…

 

Registration for SphinxConnect 2017 now open

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Sphinx Organization, which works to expand opportunities for African-American and Latin musicians in classical music, has opened registration for SphinxConnect, its annual conference for musicians of color, industry leaders, students, and diversity advocates.... 

 

Check out the League’s Conference photo album

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Nearly 1,000 orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League of American Orchestras’ 71st National Conference, June 9-11, 2016....

 

July edition of Technology News of Note now posted

Thursday, 14 July 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.... 

 

Happening now: League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management program

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Thirty-one participants from across the country and beyond are currently experiencing the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management program in Los Angeles....

 

New Wallace case study on building arts audiences

Wednesday, 06 July 2016

The Wallace Foundation has released Converting Family into Fans: How the Contemporary Jewish Museum Expanded its Reach, a case study analyzing the strategies used by San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum to broaden its audience and engage families of diverse backgrounds....

 

FY16 is almost over—now is the time to give!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Everyone at the League of American Orchestras gives heartfelt thanks to those who have already given to the 2016 Annual Fund. We are grateful for your generosity and support, and are fortunate to have you as a part of the League family....

 

New board diversity resource from Irvine Foundation

Monday, 27 June 2016

As part of its blog series highlighting key issues in the arts, the California-based James Irvine Foundation has launched an online resource for arts organizations aiming to attain diverse and inclusive boards of directors....

 

Conference videos now posted!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The League’s 71st National Conference is over, but the learning continues. From the combined OrchKids–Baltimore Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra performance of Brian Prechtl’s moving “One Baltimore” to the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings’s impassioned speech
at the closing plenary session....

 

Applications now open for League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program increases the leadership capabilities of high-potential, early-career orchestra executives, benefitting individuals and the orchestras they work for alike. This ten-month program...

 

Conference calls!

Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Answer affirmatively. Help yourself and your organization by registering today for the League’s 2016 Conference, which will be held next week (June 9-11) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront....

 

BoardSource’s “Leading with Intent” survey open now through June 7

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

On Tuesday, May 10, BoardSource launched the tenth edition of its key research initiative, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices....

 

A new BoardSource e-book, free to League members

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Exceptional boards provide more than good governance; they are the impetus behind organizational progress. They see their governance role not merely as ...

 

Applications are now open for League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program

Monday, 23 May 2016

The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program increases the leadership capabilities of high-potential, early-career orchestra executives, benefitting individuals and the orchestras they work for alike....

 

Overtime explained in free online sessions

Friday, 13 May 2016

Is your orchestra currently in compliance with overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act? And, how will you adapt when the proposed new federal overtime rules are finalized? The League’s partners at Independent Sector are presenting…

 

Smarter sooner

Friday, 06 May 2016

Get a head start on the learning curve. Come to the League’s 2016 Conference early for the pre-Conference seminars including a Seminar for New Executive Directors. Pre-Conference seminars take place June 7-9....

 

Reduced-rate hotel rooms available at Conference

Thursday, 05 May 2016

The League’s 2016 National Conference will be held June 9-11 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. To ensure you get the League-negotiated reduced room-rate of $209 per night (plus applicable state and local tax), you must book your reservation by May 16.... 

 

Applications are now open for League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program increases the leadership capabilities of high-potential, early-career orchestra executives, benefitting individuals and the orchestras they work for alike.... 

 

Pre-Conference Seminars for the knowledge-hungry

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Come to Conference early for the pre-Conference seminars including: Foundations of Collective Bargaining, Education and Community Engagement (EDCE) Pre-Conference Convening, Seminar for New Executive Directors....

 

Worms still available … briefly

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Early birds wanting to save 20% on their registration for the League’s 2016 National Conference must register by this Friday, April 29.

 

Read all about it! The new issue of Symphony magazine is available now

Friday, 22 April 2016

Are gender stereotypes about musical instruments finally eroding? Even today, when male-female parity at U.S. orchestras is 50-50, women players remain concentrated in instruments like harp, violin, and flute. In the Spring issue of Symphony, female orchestral musicians speak out on the topic....

 

League names five musicians to receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The League of American Orchestras has selected five orchestra musicians to receive the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra…

 

Early-bird descending

Monday, 18 April 2016

Get the same advantage your peers are getting. The deadline for receiving a 20% discount on registration to the League’s 2016 National Conference draws near. The 20% discount is valid now through 4/29/16....

 

Technology News of Note for April

Wednesday, 13 April 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 to achieve their institutional missions.... 

 

U.K. culture white paper: improve arts access, develop new income streams

Friday, 08 April 2016

In March, a new 72-page white paper on culture was released by Britain’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and presented to Parliament. The Culture White Paper, the first in 50 years, has been published and is available here....

 

New stories now posted in League’s Story Bank

Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Health care providers, parents, musicians, orchestra administrators, and students—they all have unique, first-person perspectives illustrating the powerful impact of orchestras on communities. The League of American Orchestras’ Story Bank showcases videos, articles, and infographics featuring these individual voices....

 

New e-book: “Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards”

Tuesday, 05 April 2016

The League’s latest e-book from BoardSource, Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, is now available for free to League members.... 

 

Give and Take

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

It’s our duty to share what we know with those coming up behind us—and to our benefit to learn from those ahead! This year the League’s National Conference will be held June 9-11 in Baltimore, hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra....

 

Sign up for the 2016 Orchestras Feeding America food drive

Monday, 21 March 2016

Over the past seven years the League’s Orchestras Feeding America food drive has seen over 450 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 475,000 pounds of food to people struggling with hunger. The efforts of these…

 

Thursday, March 24, is the application deadline for Essentials seminar

Friday, 18 March 2016

Completed applications for Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional-development seminar, are due Thursday, March 24. Scholarships are available....

 

Arts Administrators Track at Baltimore Symphony Academy Week

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced the seventh annual BSO Academy Week. From Saturday, June 18 through Saturday, June 25, instrumentalists from across the country are invited to rehearse and perform side-by-side with BSO musicians in an intensive music “fantasy camp.” ...

 

New League seminar: Boards on Fire! Maximizing Board Fundraising and Engagement

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Board officers and development-committee members, executive directors, and senior development officers are invited to join the League of American Orchestras on Friday, May 13 for Boards on Fire! Maximizing Board Fundraising and Engagement, a stimulating full-day seminar in Chicago led by Susan Howlett.... 

 

Conductors for Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview announced

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The League of American Orchestras has announced the five conductors selected for the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview: Conner Gray Covington, Roderick Cox, Paul Ghun Kim, Rebecca Miller, and Stefan Sanders. On May 11, they will lead sessions with the Nashville Symphony.... 

 

Technology News of Note for March

Wednesday, 09 March 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 to achieve their institutional missions.... 

 

March 24 is the application deadline for Essentials of Orchestra Management

Friday, 04 March 2016

Essentials of Orchestra Management is the League of American Orchestras’ professional-development seminar, which will again be hosted by the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music....

 

Applications open for NJSO’s summer composition institute

Tuesday, 01 March 2016

The deadline is March 4 for composers to apply to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, held at Princeton University from July 11 to 16, 2016....

 

Reserve your ad in Symphony magazine today!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Symphony, the League’s award-winning magazine, is now accepting ad reservations for the annual Conference issue, which is given to all delegates at the League Conference in Baltimore this June, in addition to all regular distribution and…

 

Reaching New Audiences

Friday, 26 February 2016

Want to find out the latest thinking on how orchestras can reach new audiences? Read an excerpt from the Wallace Foundation’s Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences...

 

Network for Less

Friday, 19 February 2016

Don’t forget to register early for the League’s 2016 Conference to be held June 9-11 in Baltimore, hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This year’s Conference theme is The Richness of Difference....

 

2016 League Conference Registration Open

Friday, 12 February 2016

Register today for the League’s 2016 Annual Conference in Baltimore from June 9-11, hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Early-bird registrants get 20% off the regular price.* This year’s conference theme is “The Richness of Difference.” ...

 

League launches 2016 Orchestras Feeding America food drive

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Over the past seven years the League’s Orchestras Feeding America food drive has seen over 450 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 475,000 pounds of food to the needy. The efforts of these orchestras have helped…

 

Nine orchestras receive 2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants for Board Development

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The League of American Orchestras has announced that nine orchestras have been selected to receive 2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants for Board Development. The orchestras are: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Duluth…

 

Grant guidelines announced for Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA, with instrumental training for low-income and underserved students

Monday, 08 February 2016

Carnegie Hall has announced grant guidelines for the 2016-17 season of PlayUSA, which offers financial and programmatic support to programs or projects across the country that extend the accessibility of high-quality instrumental music instruction to low-income, underrepresented, and underserved K–12 students....

 

Watch live-stream of Detroit’s “SphinxCon: Ignite to Action” conference

Friday, 05 February 2016

Beginning this afternoon, February 5, the Sphinx Organization will live-stream its fourth annual conference on diversity in the arts in Detroit, which runs through Sunday, February 7....

 

Tech News of Note

Friday, 05 February 2016

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

 

Deadline Feb 9 to apply for Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 04 February 2016

The League of American Orchestras is accepting nominations for the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service, a new program supporting orchestra musicians and the important ways they share their artistry in their communities....

 

League selects 22 orchestras for Getty Education and Community Investment Grants

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Twenty-two orchestras from across the United States have been selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants for innovative educational, health and wellness, and artistic programs....

 

Composer calls for scores: Cabrillo Festival, Eugene Symphony, New England Philharmonic

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The deadline is March 1 for composers age 30 or younger to submit scores for consideration to the 2016 Cabrillo Composers Workshop from July 30 to August 3 in Santa Cruz, California. Three composers will be selected to have their work rehearsed and…

 

Tech News of Note

Thursday, 21 January 2016

With the accelerating pace of technological change, the League of American Orchestras posts a monthly summary of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the electronic media activities that…

 

“None of us knows more than all of us.”

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The League of American Orchestras’ Mid-Winter Managers Meeting is just days away: January 24-25, 2016 in New York City at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. But there’s still time to register!...

 

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