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.

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....

 

Live from Cuba: the Minnesota Orchestra

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Tune in on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16 for live radio broadcasts of the Minnesota Orchestra’s groundbreaking concerts at the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba, led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Each concert will be broadcast at 7pm (Central Daylight Time) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio....

 

Former Lincoln Center President Levy to discuss nonprofit leadership

Monday, 11 May 2015

On Wednesday, May 20 at 12 pm ET, as part of the American Express Leadership Academy, Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation, will interview Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2002 to 2014 and author of the new book They Told Me Not To Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center....

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s free streamed Beethoven 9

Friday, 08 May 2015

May 7 was the day that Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was given its world premiere in 1824, and May 7 of this year is the date that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra started making its 2014 performance of the work available online for free....

 

League’s 2015 Conference theme announced: “The New Work of Orchestras”

Monday, 04 May 2015

With the theme of “The New Work of Orchestras,” the League of American Orchestras’ 2015 Conference will examine how arts organizations are addressing civil needs while sharing their artistry with new audiences. Nearly 1,000 stakeholders from the orchestra field will attend...

 

Conference Early Registration Deadline Is Here

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The League’s 2015 Conference Early Registration period is closing—soon. Now is your opportunity to save $130 off the full registration price before our early-registration deadline of April 17. Visit our Conference website here and click on the Registration option.... 

 

Essentials Application Deadline: April 14

Monday, 06 April 2015

There are only a few more days left to submit your application for Essentials of Orchestra Management—the League’s acclaimed leadership development program. For ten days, you’ll live and breathe orchestras, interacting with the best and brightest of the field. Essentials is open to anyone with fewer than three years of performing-arts experience...

 

Save $ Now

Wednesday, 01 April 2015

The Early Registration deadline for the League’s 2015 Conference is approaching. Register by April 17 and receive $130 off the basic registration price. This year’s Conference, to be held in Cleveland May 27-29 and hosted by the Cleveland Orchestra, explores the question, “What next practices will orchestras embrace to be an increasingly vital part of America’s cultural and civic landscape in the years to come?” ...

 

Essentials Deadline April 14!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Do you really know what it takes to run an orchestra? Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League’s acclaimed leadership development program, immerses you in the rewards and challenges of managing an orchestra in the 21st century. For ten days, you’ll live and breathe orchestras, interacting with the best and brightest of the field....

 

Join Us in Cleveland

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Don’t forget to register early for the League’s 2015 Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted by the Cleveland Orchestra. Complete your registration before April 17 to take advantage of the $130 early registration discount....

 

Free eBook: “ePolicy Sampler—Ethics and Accountability”

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The League’s latest eBook from BoardSource, ePolicy Sampler—Ethics and Accountability, is now available to League members. This useful document contains downloadable policy samplers in ten different topic areas to help you create specific policies for your organization....

 

New Study from Wallace Foundation: Effective Practices in Building Arts Audiences

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Wallace Foundation has released two new case studies examining successful audience-building initiatives at performing arts organizations. The releases are part of the Wallace Foundation’s series of studies about what it takes to engage audiences today, and their findings provide evidence-based information about audience-building that can be applied by arts organizations including orchestras....

 

League Launches Orchestra Governance Center

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Seven Orchestras Receive 2014-15 Governance Center Grants

The League of American Orchestras has launched an Orchestra Governance Center, offering a comprehensive range of support, strategies, and programs designed to strengthen governance practice in orchestras. Newly developed regional seminars for board chairs, orchestra CEOs, and development staff.... 

 

Arts Administrators Track at Baltimore Symphony Academy Week

Monday, 02 March 2015

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced the sixth annual BSO Academy Week. From Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, June 27, instrumentalists from across the country are invited to rehearse and perform side-by-side with BSO musicians under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop in an intensive music “fantasy camp.” ...

 

The League announces Orchestras Feeding America 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Food banks in America provide service to 46.5 million people in need across the country, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Orchestras that participate in the Orchestras Feeding America campaign help those in need by providing urgently needed assistance to…

 

League Initiative Supporting Women Composers Renewed For 2015

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

American Composers Orchestra and New York Philharmonic to Premiere Works by 2014 Commission Recipients

The League of American Orchestras’ program supporting women composers will be renewed for a second year, the League and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, announced today.... 

 

New Member Benefit: Discount Car Rental

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The League of American Orchestras has partnered with Advantage Rent A Car to secure discounted rental rates on all categories of cars throughout the United States. League members can now get an additional 10% off Advantage Rent A Car’s lowest internet rates....

 

Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar to move from NYC to LA for 2015

Wednesday, 04 February 2015

The League of American Orchestras and the University of Southern California have established a new strategic partnership to develop future orchestra leaders. The League, in association with USC’s Arts Leadership program (ARTL), will present Essentials of Orchestra Management in Los Angeles for the first time, from July 7-16, 2015....

 

Free eBook: “Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards”

Monday, 02 February 2015

The League’s latest e-book from BoardSource, Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, is now available for download. This informative resource is free to all League members. Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards shows board members how to support fundraising efforts, no matter the…

 

The new issue of Symphony magazine: available online now!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Orchestras are getting close to their communities in unexpected new ways: side-by-side concerts for professional and avocational musicians, intensive training, and “pro-am” events. Emerging artists are commissioning composers and reshaping the canon. Boston’s Handel and Haydn…

 

League selects 22 orchestras for Getty Education and Community Investment Grants

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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....

 

Audience Quest

Thursday, 15 January 2015

How to build new and enduring audiences for an orchestra? How to deepen an orchestra’s engagement with existing concertgoers? The Wallace Foundation’s in-depth studies and reports document innovative strategies that work for arts groups ...

 

Take the NFF’s Annual Nonprofit Sector Survey

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (nff.org) is now conducting its seventh annual nationwide survey examining the state of the nonprofit sector, and seeks responses to the survey. The survey, which is anonymous and takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on challenges and trends among nonprofits. Findings from…

 

Free BoardSource eBook: “Building the Governance Partnership”

Monday, 05 January 2015

Building the Governance Partnership: The Chief Executive’s Guide to Getting the Best from the Board, Second Edition is now available for download—free to all League members. This updated book provides practical tips and perspectives to help you build a partnership with your board that is based on support, trust, …

 

New study from Wallace Foundation: effective practices in building arts audiences

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Wallace Foundation has released the first in a new set of case studies analyzing strategies used by arts organizations to build audiences. Stemming from the foundation’s Wallace Excellence Awards initiative, the Wallace Studies in Building Arts Audiences series provides evidence-based information about audience engagement that can be applied by performing arts organizations including orchestras....

 

Volunteer Project of the Month: Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Friday, 19 December 2014

Challenged by their executive director to develop a new fundraiser in a few months, the special events committee of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Montana came up with the concept of a pre-concert New Year’s Eve party at the Great Hall, a beautiful and historic setting at a local…

 

Sphinx’s annual diversity conference takes place January 30-February 1

Friday, 12 December 2014

This winter the Sphinx Organization will host “Sphinxcon: Engage 2015,” its third annual conference bringing together leaders and practitioners to discuss solutions to the challenges of diversity in the performing arts. The event takes place in Detroit, Michigan from January 30 to February 1. Featured speakers include…

 

Orchestras’ Impact Profiled in League's New Story Bank

Friday, 05 December 2014

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's story bank houses video, articles, and infographics featuring these individual voices. It’s a great place to point…

 

Volunteer Project of the Month: San Francisco Symphony’s Deck the Hall

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

One of the San Francisco Symphony’s marquee events is Deck the Hall, a holiday tradition every December since 1980. It includes a concert, silent auction, youth-oriented activities, and the unveiling of fir trees decorated by non-profits and placed throughout the lobbies at Davies Symphony Hall. …

 

Seminar: Building an Effective Fundraising Board

Monday, 24 November 2014

Board participation is critical to fundraising success. And the League’s in-depth Building an Effective Fundraising Board seminar will help you understand how to develop the kind of fund-raising board that orchestras need to succeed. To be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 1 pm to 5:30 pm and Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm, this two-day seminar will...

 

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with the League

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Save the date! #GivingTuesday is December 2, 2014.

The League of American Orchestras has joined #GivingTuesday, which harnesses the collective power charities, families, business, and individuals to transform how people participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of holiday shopping ...

 

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