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.

Conference Rates Go Up on Friday!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Don’t delay—register for Conference now, before the rates go up by $50 on Friday, April 25. We know you can use that $50 for a million other things—tickets to the Seattle Symphony, dinner with your colleagues, or Seattle Mariners caps for the kids, just to name a few....

 

Featured Resource: Facility Projects: Planning, Funding and Financing Strategies

Monday, 21 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

This three-part webinar will demystify the various fundraising and financing strategies available to pay for a facility project. Study the impact acquisition…

 

SymphonyOnline, Spring Issue Now Available

Friday, 18 April 2014

Read the latest issue of Symphony now! Find out how electric guitars are helping orchestras rock, what lessons have been learned from the Spring for Music experiment, and get the inside scoop on the ongoing love affair between orchestras and libraries...

 

Free, Live Webinar: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising—A Staff’s Guide

Thursday, 17 April 2014

May 21, 2014 from 12 to 1pm EST

Board participation in fundraising is a perennial struggle for many nonprofit organizations. The “Engaging Your Board in Fundraising” webinar approaches the issue by asking, What is keeping the staff from being more successful in engaging the board in fundraising?...

 

Featured Resource: Endowments & Capitalization for Orchestras

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

In this webinar, learn about traditional endowments and cash reserves, including benefits, tradeoffs, and capitalization planning....

 

League Salary Survey

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

We are pleased to announce that the League’s annual Salary Survey is open for 2013-14 and can be found here. If you participated in last year’s survey, you should have received your username and password via email. ...

 

Featured Resource: Developing a Useful Financial Model

Monday, 14 April 2014

In the “Developing a Useful Financial Model” webinar, learn how to assemble the financial picture of your orchestra and present the information in a total of three concise pages. This model offers flexibility as well as expense/revenue detail that is helpful to all budget…

 

Featured Resource: Critical Elements in Nonprofit Financial Statements

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

This webinar is designed to increase the comfort of nonprofit managers and board members in reading and interpreting financial statements....

 

Check This Out!

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Calling for Submissions to Present at Conference as part of the Check This Out! Sessions

Every year, you are leading your organization in new directions, testing out new ideas, business models, audience initiatives, artistic projects, and more. What did you try this year? We want to hear from you!

 

Featured Resource: Cash Flow Planning

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

This timely, practical webinar will provide participants with tips and tools to understand how to appropriately plan and monitor cash needs by analyzing your incoming and outgoing cash, including learning to use a monthly cash flow projection.

 

Board of Directors Self-Assessment Tool

Monday, 07 April 2014

Boards that have engaged in self-assessment are rated more effective by chief executives than those that have not. BoardSource recommends that boards self-assess approximately every two years or when there is major change in board composition and/or board…

 

Goldbook Project of the Month: Teaching Adults to Play—Society of Strings: A String Orchestra for Adult Beginners

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Since 2007, twenty-five adults enroll annually in “Be the Orchestra,” an introductory educational program of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and the OKC Philharmonic geared to teaching adults how to play string instruments. “It started with a small group of music lovers who approached our education director and asked about taking violin lessons,” says Philharmonic Marketing Director Michelle Winters....

 

Offer from the Berlin Philharmonic

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

The Berlin Philharmonic invites all League members to explore their online concert venue, the Digital Concert Hall, for free. In this virtual concert venue, all concerts are broadcast live and later become available in a video archive....

 

Accessing and Managing Credit

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

How is an organization assessed for creditworthiness? Learn how to assess your organization in its ability to qualify for and access credit. At the end of this webinar, nonprofit managers and board members will be more comfortable understanding how their organization can consider a variety of credit scenarios and identify the various approaches available to you....

 

If you haven’t yet registered for Conference 2014, what are you waiting for?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Let Gabriel Prokofiev help you wrap your mind around the possibilities with Exploding and Exploring the New, New Music Landscape. Kate Prescott will inspire you to think differently at Looking Forward—Acting Now. And Janet Brown...

 

Introducing the Creative Community Fellows Program

Thursday, 27 March 2014

National Arts Strategies is introducing a new program for young cultural entrepreneurs: the Creative Community Fellows program. National Arts Strategies is looking for 50 exceptional individuals whose work sits squarely at the intersection of culture and community...

 

Engaging Your Board in Fundraising

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Studies show that board member participation in fundraising is considered to be inadequate by executive directors and board members alike, so it’s important to look at what is keeping staff members from being more successful at engaging board members in fundraising. ...

 

Support the League with AmazonSmile

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

From now through March 31, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of the League (listed as: American Symphony Orchestra League)....

 

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

Monday, 24 March 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? In Meeting and Exceeding

 

Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements

Thursday, 20 March 2014

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

 

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...

 

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