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.

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…

 

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....

 

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