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.

Only One Day to Make Twice the Difference! #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Today is a great day to give! Join your friends, family, and colleagues in celebrating #GivingTuesday, a global event dedicated to giving, by giving back to the organizations and charities that are important to you....

 

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

Friday, 20 November 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 ...

 

Make twice the impact when you celebrate #GivingTuesday with the League

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Save the date! #GivingTuesday is December 1, 2015.

The League of American Orchestras is participating in #GivingTuesday, which harnesses social media to transform how people participate in the giving season....

 

League releases unprecedented study on orchestra subscriptions

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

“Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model,” a study by the Oliver Wyman management consulting organization that was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras, is the first of its kind for American orchestras. …

 

Renew your League membership before November 30!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

If you haven’t renewed your membership in the League of American Orchestras, now is the time. Membership benefits have been extended to November 30....

 

Tech News

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Technology is changing—fast. To help you keep up with the accelerating pace, the League publishes Technology News of Note, a monthly summary of relevant news and information regarding changes, trends, and developments that may affect the electronic media activities that orchestras use....

 

Link Up: Partner with Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Want to know more about Carnegie Hall’s outstanding Link Up program for young people? Ken Cole, vice president of Learning and Leadership Development at the League of American Orchestras, will host a free webinar December 9 for…

 

Save the date! Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, Nashville, May 11, 2016

Monday, 09 November 2015

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is a prestigious showcase of talented conductors poised for music directorships and staff conducting positions of American orchestras. Over two days...

 

Save the date! #GivingTuesday is December 1

Wednesday, 04 November 2015

The League of American Orchestras is once again participating in #GivingTuesday, which harnesses social media to transform how people participate in the giving season....

 

Apply Now! League’s 2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants for Board Development

Tuesday, 03 November 2015

The League of American Orchestras is accepting applications for the 2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants for Board Development....

 

Learn the latest on engaging and growing audiences in “The Road to Results” webinar

Monday, 02 November 2015

Free, Thursday, November 19, 1:00-2:15pm ET

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

 

Help Your Schools & Districts Be Recognized for Their Music Programs!

Friday, 30 October 2015

The League is a partner in the national Best Communities for Music Education effort, which recognizes schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education.....

 

Take the Education and Community Engagement Survey!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Help the League tell your orchestra’s story of community-based programming and involvement by taking the 2013-14 Education and Community Engagement (EdCE) Survey. The EdCE Survey will be closed for submissions on Monday, November 2....

 

Youth Orchestra Survey—Be Counted!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Be sure to participate in the League’s 2014-15 Youth Orchestra Survey! The survey closes on Friday, October 30, 2015. Your participation in the Youth Orchestra Survey is vital—after all, …

 

Detroit Symphony’s free educational webcasts start on October 28

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The second year of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s free “Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition” webcast series will launch on October 28 at 10:30am and 11:45am at dso.org/classroom. Hosting the program will be D.J. Oliver.... 

 

Watch: New York Youth Symphony on late-night TV with American Ballet Theatre and Misty Copeland

Monday, 19 October 2015

The New York Youth Symphony is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, with American Ballet Theatre and ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland. The program airs on ABC at 11:35pm ET. Next month, the New York Youth Symphony’s…

 

Tune in: “SONiC: Sounds of a New Century,” spotlighting contemporary composers Oct. 15-23

Friday, 16 October 2015

The American Composers Orchestra and Music Director George Manahan will perform four world premieres at a free concert on October 16 at the Winter Garden in lower Manhattan, as part of the “SONiC: Sounds of a New Century” festival underway in New York City from October 15-23. SONiC concerts will be streamed at Q2 Music....

 

See you in Baltimore, Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

It’s time to make plans for the League’s 2016 National Conference, taking place June 9-11, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Registration details are still to come, but please reserve the days in your calendar....

 

Apply now! League’s 2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants

Friday, 09 October 2015

The League of American Orchestras is accepting applications for the 2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants for Board Development. These grants provide financial support to orchestra boards to strengthen their governance practice. Awards of up to $3,500 will be made....

 

NEA arts education webinar: restoring the arts to a school district

Tuesday, 06 October 2015

On Wednesday, October 14 at 3 pm, the National Endowment for the Arts will host a live webinar that examines how an innovative approach to reforming public education through the arts successfully transformed an entire school district....

 

What are your top 10 ways of measuring organizational health?

Thursday, 01 October 2015

Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR), which examines important issues in arts management and patronage, is gathering input from arts organizations of all sizes about how they measure their organizational health....

 

Memorial service planned in Philadelphia for cellist James Holesovsky

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has announced a memorial service honoring the life and legacy of cellist James “Jimmy” Holesovsky, a longtime member of the orchestra who died June 27 at the age of 72. The service is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, September 29....

 

New York Philharmonic opening gala concert to be telecast September 24

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert’s season-opening gala concert on September 24 will be broadcast on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” at 8pm ET. The concert marks the orchestra’s inaugural performance in Avery Fisher Hall under its new name, David Geffen Hall....

 

Kurt Weill Foundation invites grant applications

Monday, 21 September 2015

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is accepting applications through November 1 for its 2016 grant program, which supports performances of music by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein. Grants also support individuals and nonprofits for scholarly research...

 

Lincoln Center to live-stream global-exchange concert

Friday, 18 September 2015

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will live-stream a concert from Alice Tully Hall that concludes the first annual Lincoln Center Global Exchange on September 18. Performers will include conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the…

 

Free webinar: music therapy, music listening, and the cancer experience

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

People facing cancer face special challenges—and music therapy and music listening can help them and their families. The National Endowment for the Arts Task Force on the Arts and Human Development will present a free public webinar on the topic on September 16 from 3 to 4 pm ET....

 

Discount and special invitation for League members at NAMP Conference

Friday, 11 September 2015

Members of the League of American Orchestras Americans are being offered a discount to the 2015 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference, November 6-9 in Salt Lake City. The 2015 NAMP Conference brings together arts…

 

Grants for women composers

Wednesday, 09 September 2015

The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA) Group is currently accepting 2015 WPA Performance Grant applications from orchestras and ensembles in the United States. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., October 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in December 2015....

 

Renew your League membership now!

Thursday, 03 September 2015

Now is the time to renew your membership in the League, before it expires on September 30. Log in at my.americanorchestras.org to renew. As a member, you and your organization benefit from the League’s activities in a number of areas.... 

 

New Wallace Foundation case studies on reaching arts audiences

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Looking for ways to engage younger audiences or adapt to a changing community? The Wallace Foundation has released two new studies—available free of charge—that document successful strategies to connect with new arts audiences, using practices that are applicable at orchestras.

 

Apply Now for Paul R. Judy Center Grants for Innovative Ensembles

Friday, 07 August 2015

Proposals are being accepted through September 1 by the Paul R. Judy Center for grants for innovative ensembles ranging from $500 to $2,000. The three grant program categories are Research Support, Event Support, and New Initiative Support. Anyone from North America may apply....

 

Cliburn documentary “Virtuosity” to air on PBS

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Christopher Wilkinson’s documentary Virtuosity, about the 30 pianists in the 2013 Cliburn Competition, will air on PBS stations on July 31 at 9pm ET. Among competitors featured in the film are Vadym Kholodenko...

 

Proposed New Rules on Ivory Make Allowances for Musical Instruments

Monday, 27 July 2015

On July 25, President Obama announced draft regulations that would restrict trade in African elephant ivory while allowing for travel and commerce by orchestras and musicians with certain instruments containing small…

 

Youth Orchestra Survey 2014-15

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Now is the time for youth orchestras that are members of the League of American Orchestras to participate in the 2014-15 Youth Orchestra Survey. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 30, 2015. Only those orchestras that participate in the survey will receive the full Youth Orchestra Report...

 

League Fundraising Seminar: There’s Still Time to Register!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Time is running out but registrations are still being accepted for the League’s upcoming Building an Effective Fundraising Board seminar to be held on July 16, 2015 in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Concert Hall–Choral Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m....

 

Orchestra Statistical Report: Survey Deadline August 12!

Monday, 06 July 2015

The League of American Orchestras’ 2013-2014 Orchestra Statistical Report (OSR14) Survey is now open (for League member orchestras only). The deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Only those orchestras that participate in the survey will receive the full OSR report....

 

Thirty-one selected for League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Thirty-one participants with a wide range of professional backgrounds will join some of the most innovative leaders of the orchestra field at the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management program, July 7-16 in Los Angeles....

 

Apply now for Getty Grants from the League

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The League of American Orchestras has announced a fourth round of Getty Education and Community Investment Grants to help stimulate growth and excellence in orchestras' education and community engagement programming....

 

Alert: Technical difficulties at U.S. State Department delay visa processing

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The U.S. State Department has experienced a computer hardware failure, resulting in the halting of visa issuances to travelers. On June 23, the State Department website stated that repairs are being made and that…

 

Check it out: Conference photos

Friday, 19 June 2015

Photos from the League of American Orchestras’ recent Conference in Cleveland are now on our Facebook page. We wish we could post photos of all of the 1,068 participants at this year’s Conference! #Orch2015 ...

 

Watch the Tchaikovsky Competition live—for free

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Russia’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, now underway in Moscow and St. Petersburg through July 3, is being streamed live for free at Medici TV. Competitors in piano, violin, and cello are currently in the first round of the competition....

 

Take the guesswork out of arts marketing

Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Wallace Foundation has just released a free guide designed to help arts organizations use market research to identify ways to forge meaningful connections with different audiences. Taking Out the Guesswork: Using Research to Build Arts Audiences draws on evidence gathered from ten organizations across the United States....

 

Register now for the Board Fundraising Seminar in July!

Monday, 08 June 2015

Some spots are still open for the League’s Orchestra Governance Center seminar, Building an Effective Fundraising Board, to be held this year in Los Angeles on July 16, 2015 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s Choral Hall....  

 

Musical America reports on digital streaming of classical music

Friday, 05 June 2015

Catch up on some of the latest trends in video streaming with Musical America’s June 2015 online special report, entitled Digital Streaming: Reaching a Larger Audience through Digital Means. Among the orchestras covered in the report are the Detroit Symphony (“How the Detroit Symphony Live-streamed Its Way to Success”) and the Chicago Symphony (“Five Minutes with the Chicago Symphony: Where to Put Streaming in the Media Mix.”)....

 

Check out the summer issue of Symphony magazine, available online now!

Tuesday, 02 June 2015

A spate of new musical works evokes the histories, geographies, and life stories of the places where orchestras and their communities live. Composers with Arabic, Turkish, and Iranian roots are breaking down stereotypes with new orchestral works. On the increase: orchestra programs that address…

 

Conference Update

Thursday, 28 May 2015

In addition to a full slate of sessions exploring the latest thinking about nonprofit governance, pops programming, community engagement, and diversity, today the League’s 2015 Conference in Cleveland brought all delegates together for the League Luncheon and Annual Meeting. Highlights included an address by League President and CEO Jesse Rosen; an important announcement about SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras...

 

Conference Starts Today!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The opening session of this year’s League of American Orchestras’ Conference kicks off at 1:30 pm today in Cleveland. League President and CEO Jesse Rosen will welcome delegates, followed by Gary Hanson, executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, which is hosting the…

 

Connect to Conference Now: #Orch2015

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Couldn’t make it to Conference this year? Already at Conference and finding there’s so much to take in? Join the conversation on Twitter. Or connect to Twitter through the League’s 2015 Conference app, found in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store....

 

NEA asks Americans: share your arts stories

Thursday, 21 May 2015

For its 50th anniversary this year, the National Endowment for the Arts is collecting stories on how the arts have helped shape or change the lives of people and their communities. The agency asks for personal narratives about “how the arts have inspired you to do something unique, how they have made a difference...

 

Check out Detroit Symphony’s Mahler 1 rehearsal

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Detroit Symphony will offer a free live webcast of a portion of its May 20 rehearsal of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, at 10am (ET) at dso.org/live. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the rehearsal, for which both conductor and musicians will be outfitted with microphones....

 

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