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.

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.....

 

Be heard!

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Raising your voice about key issues before Congress is essential. Contacting Congress is easy to do, and your communication with elected officials will ensure that communities nationwide continue to benefit from orchestral music....

 

Learning Online: Organizational Planning

Tuesday, 08 October 2013

The League has curated content specifically to help orchestras organizational planning—all available online!...

 

Culture of Inquiry: Healthy Debate in the Boardroom

Monday, 07 October 2013

In the new book Culture of Inquiry: Healthy Debate in the Boardroom from BoardSource, you can learn how to create a culture of inquiry within the boardroom—one marked by mutual respect and constructive debate that lead to sound and shared decision-making....

 

Resources and Tools from the League

Thursday, 03 October 2013

The League gathers materials such as orchestras’ long-range and strategic plans, job descriptions, and economic impact studies, plus information on immigration, fundraising, and more, to help you connect with your…

 

New League Resources for NEA Report

Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Initial findings from 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), tracking 37,000 Americans’ arts activity, were released by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) last week.... 

 

America’s Orchestras Need You

Tuesday, 01 October 2013

You have big ideas. You know you can make a difference.

 

Essentials of Orchestra Management

Monday, 30 September 2013

Get ready for Essentials 2014! 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…

 

October Deadline for MetLife Governance Grants

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The League is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development. The deadline to complete this online application is October 15, 2013. ...

 

Advocating for Orchestras

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Advocacy and Government department of the League acts to improve policies that increase public access to orchestral music and supports orchestras as they advocate for the vitality of music in communities nationwide...

 

Learning Online: Volunteerism

Tuesday, 24 September 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...

 

Show orchestras some love. Then show off how much you love orchestras.

Monday, 23 September 2013

We know you love orchestras. Wear your heart on your sleeve by making a gift to the League. Get a free I ♥ Orchestras t-shirt when you donate $50 to the League by…

 

New on-line courses from Nonprofit Finance Fund begin Tuesday

Friday, 20 September 2013

Introduction to Nonprofit Financing, a new series of six webinars, is a guided tour led by Nonprofit Finance Fund staff experts that surveys the current landscape and compelling new…

 

Health Care Law Implementation: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The League has arranged access for member orchestras to a comprehensive webinar examining how nonprofit employers are and will be affected by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the health care reform law....

 

Free live fundraising webinar, October 9: “Moves Management and Developing Your Major Donor Pipeline”

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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.

 

Learning Online: Finance

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The League has developed content specifically to help orchestra professionals—and it’s all available online! ...

 

Special Deal for League Members with Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, Volume II

Monday, 16 September 2013

Kultur’s first boxed set of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts was one of the most eagerly awaited DVD releases in classical-music history. The set has sold many tens of thousands of copies and continues…

 

Music Director Search Handbook

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Unlock the secrets of the music director search process! For those thinking about looking for a new music director, already in the process of searching, or just interested in the journey, this step-by-step eBook...

 

Learning about Electronic Media

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The League has developed content specifically to help orchestra professionals—all available online! From podcasts to iTunes, movie theater simulcasts to On Demand HDTV, complete performances streamed on websites to ...

 

Renew your orchestra's membership this week!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Orchestra memberships expire on September 30, so please don't delay—if you haven't already done so, renew now...

 

Technology News of Note, September 2013

Monday, 09 September 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…

 

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