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 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…

 

Mid-Winter Managers Meeting Weekend January 2014

Thursday, 05 December 2013

Executive directors from groups 1-8 and youth orchestras will gather to learn and network at the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting Weekend, January 25-27. Join us for the general session, group meetings, and pre-meeting seminars....

 

National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

“New Ingredients for Success”

What could be better than coming to the most vibrant city in the world and exploring new ingredients for success for your arts organization? League members are entitled to a $130 discount off the registration price to the upcoming National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference in New York City, March 20-22....

 

#GivingTuesday is here!

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Invest in one, invest in many.

Your gift to the League of American Orchestras is the best way to ensure a bright and confident future for all orchestras.

 

Mergers and Creative Alliances

Monday, 02 December 2013

Orchestras and other non-profits are looking at what organizational mergers and creative alliances bring to the table. Some are looking for opportunities for back-office savings, others at expanding the creative…

 

Giving Tuesday, A Dedicated Day of Giving

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…#GivingTuesday!

 

Workgroup on Diversity & Inclusion

Monday, 25 November 2013

This workgroup is designed for staff, board members, and musicians interested in promoting diversity and inclusion at their orchestras. 

Meeting via phone, the group will work to create a “safe place” for…

 

Video: “Raising New Money”

Thursday, 21 November 2013

We all work hard to demonstrate our larger public value and build the confidence of those that invest in us over time, and funding our work with new dollars is urgent. Opportunities like community- and state-based grants and social media fundraising platforms are just a few of the ways “Raising New Money” will help you increase your bottom line....

 

Deadline Extended: Essentials of Orchestra Management, December 2

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

It’s orchestra boot camp!

Managing an orchestra today takes strength, dedication, perseverance, and a passion for music. Essentials of Orchestra Management is a ten-day journey that will prepare you for the challenges orchestras are facing today and tomorrow...

 

Gold Book Project of the Month, November 2013

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Volunteer groups that support orchestras across the country have assembled some of their best projects in the Gold Book Online, a valuable resource of successful projects with years of helpful information. The Gold Book Project for this month is the Celebrity Conductor Contest....

 

2014 National Arts Strategies Seminars

Monday, 18 November 2013

National Arts Strategies announces two Business of Arts and Culture seminars to be presented in 2014—mark your calendars now for Digital Strategies and Extending Your Reach...

 

Learning Online: Technology and Innovation

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The League has developed content specifically to help orchestra professionals—all available online! In these financially challenging times, distance learning is an excellent way to save money, while continuing to learn new skills and grow professionally....

 

Essentials of Orchestra Management Deadline, November 29

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

It’s orchestra boot camp! Managing an orchestra today takes strength, dedication, perseverance, and a passion for music. Essentials of Orchestra Management is a ten-day journey that will prepare you for the challenges orchestras are facing today and tomorrow....

 

Smile with the League this Holiday Season

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

This holiday season the League has registered with AmazonSmile, a new service provided by Amazon where 0.5% of purchases goes to a charitable organization of the consumer’s choice...

 

Updated: Quick Orchestra Facts

Monday, 11 November 2013

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…

 

Technology News of Note, November 2013

Thursday, 07 November 2013

With the accelerating pace of technological change, Technology News of Note is a monthly summary 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....

 

Destination: Seattle

Wednesday, 06 November 2013

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... 

 

Learning Online: The Governance Center

Tuesday, 05 November 2013

Through distance learning, seminars, peer-to-peer discussions, and other tools, the League’s Governance Center will help you address the issues your organization is facing now, while taking steps towards a stronger, brighter future....

 

The Fall issue of SymphonyONLINE is now available

Monday, 04 November 2013

Our subscribers should be receiving the printed version of Symphony magazine any day now, if they haven’t already. However, if you can’t wait to find out how to forge successful contract negotiations, where to…

 

Still available from the League: Fearless Journeys

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Innovation in Five American Orchestras

Published in 2010, Fearless Journeys is a first-of-its-kind case study about innovation in orchestras. The five stories featured in the book are only a few examples of how the orchestra…

 

Making the case: advocacy resources

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Orchestras add value and meaning to American life by fostering the creativity of musicians and engaging the public in the extraordinary experience of orchestral performance. League resources can help your orchestra advance its significant artistic, social, and economic contributions to community life....

 

Learning Online: Fundraising

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The League has developed content specifically to help orchestra professionals—all available online! In these financially challenging times, ...

 

Get ready for Essentials 2014!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Essentials of Orchestra Management: It’s orchestra boot camp!

Managing an orchestra today takes strength, dedication, perseverance, and a passion for music. Essentials of Orchestra Management is a ten-day…

 

Volunteer Notes, Fall 2013

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Fall issue of Volunteer Notes is now available online. Find out what happened at Conference, what to think about when archiving, and how you can join the volunteers’ discussion group on League360....

 

Emerging Leaders Program Deadline, November 1

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The League is seeking up to seven young leaders with imagination, ambition, and discipline who are ready to be inspired and challenged. The Emerging Leaders Program is a two-year program for those who want to be a driving force in the future of America’s orchestras....

 

Registration is Now Open for Mid-Winter Managers Meeting Weekend 2014

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Executive directors from groups 1-8 and youth orchestras will gather to learn and network at the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting Weekend, January 25-27. Join us for the general session, group meetings, and pre-meeting seminars...

 

Orchestras Feeding America

Monday, 21 October 2013

This year, the League celebrates the sixth anniversary of Orchestras Feeding America, a project that has seen over 250 orchestras from across the country collect over 400,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread…

 

May we help you with that?

Thursday, 17 October 2013

At the League it is important to us that our members are able to reach us easily and get the answers they are looking for quickly. You will now find a tab at the bottom of every page of The Hub (hub.americanorchestras.org)…

 

Music education advocacy tools

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Orchestras are committed to improving music-education opportunities in local schools. Consider using resources from the League to support your advocacy at the local level...

 

Diversity in Action

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

In order to function at the highest level, nonprofit boards need to ensure that their members represent diverse points of view. And it is not enough to “diversify” a board; boards must be inclusive in their policies and practices, thereby creating a culture that encourages and nurtures diverse expression...

 

Audience Growth Initiative

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Performing arts organizations have known that long-term audience members are incredibly loyal and generous. It turns out that orchestras are attracting large numbers of newcomers, but are not effectively converting them to long-term customers and supporters.....

 

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