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.

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!...

 

The new issue of Symphony magazine now available!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

How can orchestras become more diverse? That question is the heart of a thought-provoking discussion among five distinguished African-American orchestra professionals and League President and CEO Jesse Rosen in the latest issue of Symphony....

 

Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar dates announced

Friday, 15 January 2016

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, will be held at the University of Southern California again this year from July 12 to 21....

 

League announces new Strategic Plan

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The League of American Orchestras has announced its blueprint for the future: Creativity, Engagement, Impact: The League of American Orchestras’ Strategic Plan, 2016-2020....

 

League urges U.S. Dept. of Education to support arts in high-poverty schools

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

At a public meeting at U.S. Department of Education headquarters on January 11, the League of American Orchestras urged the Department to close gaps in access to music and arts education in high-poverty…

 

Apply now for Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Monday, 11 January 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....

 

PBS to air program honoring NEA’s 50th anniversary

Friday, 08 January 2016

On Friday, January 8, PBS will broadcast “A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House,” marking the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities....

 

Copland Fund for Music accepting proposals for 2016 Recording Program

Thursday, 07 January 2016

The deadline is January 15 to apply for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music’s 2016 Recording Program. The program supports recordings of recent works by American composers....

 

Eugene Symphony’s “Play It Again!” for adult amateur musicians

Wednesday, 06 January 2016

The deadline is January 7 to apply for the Eugene Symphony’s Play It Again! Adult Chamber Ensembles program. The program is open to amateur musicians age 18 and above....

 

Tomorrow is the hotel-discount deadline for the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Don’t miss out on the League of American Orchestras’ Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 24-25, 2016 in New York City. At the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, executive directors (and for youth orchestras, administrators)…

 

Tech News of Note

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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....

 

Application deadline approaches for Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and Conducting Masterclass with Marin Alsop

Friday, 18 December 2015

The League of American Orchestras is now accepting applications for two events focusing on conductors....

 

SHIFT invites orchestras to apply for 2018 festival

Thursday, 17 December 2015

SHIFT, a week-long festival in Washington, D.C spotlighting North American orchestras of all sizes, is now accepting applications for 2018....

 

League launches Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The League of American Orchestras is now 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....

 

Showcase your music festival in Symphony’s annual Festival Listings!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Symphony magazine is now accepting submissions for its annual Festival Listings, which will be featured in the Spring issue. The comprehensive listings spotlight fall, spring, and summer festivals in 2015-16, and is indexed by the state where…

 

League discounts for the National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

Friday, 11 December 2015

League of American Orchestras members get $130 off the registration fee to the National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference in New York City, Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19, 2016...

 

Register now! Mid-Winter Manager’s Meeting, January 24-25

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Don’t miss out on the League’s Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 24-25, 2016 in New York City. At the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, executive directors (and for youth orchestras, administrators) connect with fellow executives and learn the latest ...

 

Now accepting applications! Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and Conducting Masterclass with Marin Alsop

Tuesday, 08 December 2015

The League of American Orchestras is now accepting applications for two events focusing on conductors....

 

Now available: “Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model” webinar

Friday, 04 December 2015

A webinar by Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model author Namita Desai is now available free of charge. The subscription model study by the Oliver Wyman management-consulting organization was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras...

 

“Road to Results” webinar

Friday, 04 December 2015

Looking to engage and grow your audiences? Recent research from the Wallace Foundation reveals nine actions that deliver successful results for arts organizations...

 

Two composers receive $15,000 orchestral commissions from League

Wednesday, 02 December 2015

Andreia Pinto-Correia and Xi Wang have been selected to receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 each as part of the League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, administered with the American Composers Orchestra and EarShot and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation....

 

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