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.

The Board Chair Handbook

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Board Chair Handbook, a BoardSource eBook, focuses on helping board chairs carry out their responsibilities for the good of the organization. Whether you are a seasoned board chair wanting to brush up and learn something new...

 

The Source: 12 Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Nonprofit Boards

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations, making discernible differences in their advance on mission. How does a board rise to this level? Are there standards that describe this height of performance? This BoardSource eBook defines governance not as dry, obligatory compliance, but as a creative and collaborative process...

 

Now available on-demand: Capital Campaign Trends and Fundamentals for Success

Monday, 17 March 2014

Capital campaigns are an important part of the fundraising cycle for any orchestra, large or small. While many of the tried and true principles of effective campaign fundraising remain the same, changing demographics and global and industry trends…

 

Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance

Thursday, 13 March 2014

What is governance? What is the role of the board? What is expected of board members? And how does an effective board operate? Board Fundamentals, a BoardSource eBook, answers these questions and more....

 

Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

It might be tomorrow; it might be 10 years from now. But someday, your chief executive is going to leave your organization. Is there a well-thought-out plan in place? ... 

 

The Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center

Monday, 10 March 2014

At the League’s Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center you will find hundreds of free resources that will aid you and your orchestra in this important area. The heart of this work is a deeper connection with your community—and ensuring that…

 

Member Appreciation Month Wrap Up

Thursday, 06 March 2014

We hope you enjoyed the League’s Member Appreciation Month as much as we did. Although our gratitude for our members can’t be contained to one short month, we were so excited to tell everyone just how much we loved you all throughout February....

 

You have questions. We have answers.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Come to Seattle. We’ll drink coffee, wear flannel, and get to it.

From Gabriel Prokofiev to Claire Chase, Joshua Roman to Alan Brown, we’re bringing the best minds and talent together to saturate you with new ideas, and to help answer the questions we’re all pondering....

 

Post-Conference Cruise to Alaska – Deadline: March 7

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

A special offer for League of American Orchestras members! 

Planning to attend the League Conference in Seattle this June? Holland America Line and the Seattle Symphony invite you to extend your visit and embark on a round-trip cruise to Alaska, June 7–14, 2014, following the Conference.... 

 

Gold Book Project of the Month: It’s in the Bag!

Monday, 03 March 2014

It’s in the Bag! is an auction of handbags filled with gifts, and is a successful fundraiser that has been done for several years now by the Spokane Symphony Associates. The associates begin with new and gently used bags given by members; …

 

Member Appreciation Month wraps up today!

Friday, 28 February 2014

The League’s Member Appreciation Month may be coming to an end, but our appreciation for you continues year-round. Thank you for all the support you have given us over the years—and we will continue to be there for you, too...

 

Audience Engagement Research

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The League is your resource for useful information about audience engagement. Our ever-expanding collection offers research and studies designed to help orchestras grow and engage audiences....

 

Orchestras Feeding America

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Orchestras Feeding America is a project that has seen over 250 orchestras from across the country collect nearly 450,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how and why orchestras are so necessary to their communities. Join the effort this sixth-anniversary year to help those in need in your community.

 

Deadlines Extended: ASCAP Awards and Helen M. Thompson Award

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The deadlines for submission to the ASCAP Awards and the Helen M. Thompson Award have been extended to March 10, 2014!...

 

Member Appreciation Month: Week 3 Roundup!

Monday, 24 February 2014

As the League’s Member Appreciation Month draws to a close, we’re ramping up our excitement about everything you do for orchestras. This month has already been full of giveaways and League members sharing via Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to…

 

Moves Management and Developing your Major Donor Pipeline!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Moves Management isn’t just about portfolios, coding, and moves. It is a comprehensive approach for your development operation that will bring major gift prospects closer to your orchestra through a series of strategic steps....

 

Member Appreciation Month: Week 2 Roundup!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

We’re halfway through the League’s Member Appreciation Month and are excited to keep celebrating everything our members do for orchestras. This month has already been full of giveaways and League members sharing via Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to everyone who has participated! A big congrats to last week's winners: ...

 

Applications for the ASCAP Awards are now open!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming are made up of three award categories: Awards for Contemporary Music, the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming, and the Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours....

 

Hitting the Right Notes: Capital Campaign Trends and Fundamentals for Success

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Capital campaigns are an important part of the fundraising cycle for any orchestra, large or small. While many of the tried-and-true principles of effective campaign fundraising remain the same, changing demographics and global and industry trends require…

 

Explore Alaska with Holland America Line

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A special offer for League of American Orchestra members! Deadline: March 7, 2014

 

Member Appreciation Month Week 1 Roundup!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Member Appreciation Month is in full swing here at the League! Last week was full of giveaways and League members sharing via Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to everyone who has participated! …

 

Quick Orchestra Facts

Thursday, 06 February 2014

Key facts about orchestra attendance, concerts, and finances can help the public understand how orchestras contribute to community vitality, participate in the nonprofit sector, and improve our nation’s creative capacity. Quick Orchestra Facts provides an annual view of orchestra industry data and other interesting information....

 

Tips for Your NEA Application

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

The NEA’s FY15 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines are now available online. To be fully prepared for the NEA grant application process, read the guidelines very carefully, check out the NEA’s List of Frequently Asked Questionss, and be in touch with a specialist... 

 

Meeting, and Exceeding, Expectations: A Guide to Successful Nonprofit Board Meetings

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Are your board meetings inspiring, productive, and efficient? Or are they tedious, unproductive, and dominated by one or two people? Do they leave your board members wondering why they volunteered in the first place? …

 

February is Member Appreciation Month at the League

Monday, 03 February 2014

Welcome to League Member Appreciation Month! To thank you for all the support you have given us over the years, we will be giving away daily prizes to members throughout February. Simply just for being you. How can you be entered to win? …

 

Recipes for Success

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Encore Recipes is a collection of recipes from volunteers and musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, with quotes about music and food interspersed among the recipes. Drawing from the Springfield and Bloomington-Normal communities in which the Illinois Symphony Orchestra regularly performs, this joint fundraiser brought the two communities closer together....

 

Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

It might be tomorrow; it might be 10 years from now. But someday, your chief executive is going to leave your organization. Is there a well-thought-out plan in place? Can you expect a smooth transition? If not...

 

New Developments in Music Education

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Check out these opportunities for your orchestra to participate in national efforts to advance and acknowledge the impact of music education for young people...

 

Earlier NEA Grant Deadlines Ahead!

Monday, 27 January 2014

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced deadlines for their major categories of FY15 grant applications, and the timing is earlier than usual. …

 

More than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education

Friday, 24 January 2014

A recording of the live webcast, “More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education” is now available online, free of charge. This presentation at Opera America’s National Opera Center...

 

Apply now for the 2013-14 ASCAP Awards

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The League is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. This year’s application deadline is March 3, 2014.

Each year the American Society of Composers, Authors, and…

 

Submit Your Nominee for the Helen M. Thompson Award

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The 2014 Helen M. Thompson Award will be given to an outstanding early-career music director who has exhibited excellence and dedication to orchestras through exceptional leadership, artistry, and a commitment to organizational vitality....

 

Volunteer Notes, Winter 2014

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The winter issue of Volunteer Notes is now available online. This edition includes an update from Volunteer Council President Laura Hyde, a call for collaborative fundraising projects, Henry Fogel’s top ten list for volunteer associations, and information about a post-conference cruise to Alaska....

 

Explore Alaska with Holland America Line

Thursday, 16 January 2014

A special offer for League of American Orchestras members!

Planning to attend the League Conference in Seattle this June? Holland America Line and the Seattle Symphony invite you to extend your visit and embark on a round-trip cruise to Alaska, June 7–14, 2014, following the Conference.

 

Orchestras Support In-School Music Education

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Join the national effort and commit to local action! In a 2005 League survey of orchestras, the presence of music education in the schools ranked as a top national priority. As civic-minded community-based organizations, America’s adult and youth orchestras can help to improve access to the benefits of music learning by advocating locally for in-school music education....

 

Your Board and Fundraising

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The “Your Board and Fundraising” eCourse helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising...

 

Orchestras Feeding America

Monday, 13 January 2014

Orchestras Feeding America is a project that has seen over 250 orchestras from across the country collect nearly 450,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how…

 

Destination: Seattle

Thursday, 09 January 2014

We’re heading to Seattle for the 2014 Conference (June 4-6, 2014; Pre-Conference June 3-4), so why not start planning now? Sign up for Destination: Seattle and you can make low monthly payments...

 

Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements

Wednesday, 08 January 2014

Every nonprofit organization exists to provide value and benefits. Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements, a BoardSource eBook, concentrates on one major and widely recognized method of measuring value: financial statements and their implications for outcomes....

 

The BCA 10: Nominate and Celebrate Arts and Business Partnerships!

Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Know of a business with outstanding arts partnerships? Work for one? Nominate now for Americans for the Arts’ BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America! The BCA 10 recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community.

 

2014 Mid-Winter Managers Weekend

Monday, 06 January 2014

Join us in New York City for the 2014 Mid-Winter Managers Weekend! Executive directors from groups 1-8 and youth orchestras are gathering to learn and network this January. …

 

Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance

Thursday, 02 January 2014

What is governance? What is the role of the board? What is expected of board members? And how does an effective board operate? Board Fundamentals, A BoardSource eBook, answers these questions and more....

 

12 Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Nonprofit Boards

Monday, 23 December 2013

Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations, making discernible differences in their advance on mission. How does a board rise to this level? Are there standards that describe this height of performance? This BoardSource eBook...

 

Mid-Winter Managers Weekend—Hotel Deadline Approaching

Thursday, 19 December 2013

If you are planning to attend the Mid-Winter Managers Weekend, please reserve your hotel room by January 3, 2014 at the New York Barclay to receive the special League rate of $190 plus 14.75% tax per night....

 

The Board Chair Handbook

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Board Chair Handbook, a BoardSource eBook, focuses on helping board chairs carry out their responsibilities for the good of the organization. Whether you are a seasoned board chair wanting to brush up and learn something new...

 

Opening the Concert Hall to Disadvantaged Children

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

It’s not about the orchestra. It’s not about the hall. It’s not about the games and activities. It’s about the kids....

 

Workgroup on Diversity & Inclusion—Sessions Begin December 17

Friday, 13 December 2013

Andrés Tapia, an international expert on diversity and inclusion, will be one of several guest speakers at the League’s Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup designed for staff, board members, and musicians interested...

 

Meeting and Exceeding Expectations: A Guide to Successful Nonprofit Board Meetings

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Are your board meetings inspiring, productive, and efficient? Or are they tedious, unproductive, and dominated by one or two people? Do they leave your board members wondering why they volunteered in the first place? In this BoardSource eBook, you’ll find ready-to-use information...

 

Visa, Tax and Travel Information

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The League is proud to provide information and guidance for navigating complicated visa, tax, and travel regulations. Resources include current information about Endangered Species Material, a Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirement for Foreign Guest Artists, Requesting a Visa Support Letter....

 

Orchestras Feeding America

Monday, 09 December 2013

Orchestras Feeding America is a project that has seen over 250 orchestras from across the country collect nearly 450,000 pounds of food since 2009. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how and why orchestras…

 

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