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.

Donating instrument strings for young musicians

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

As every musician knows, strings on stringed instruments wear out. And while professional musicians discard their used strings when they are no longer at peak performance, aspiring musicians in underprivileged schools often are unable to practice because they cannot afford to replace broken strings....

 

League members: take advantage of the best resources on board governance and fundraising!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

To share the latest research and best ideas with its members, the League of American Orchestras partners with groups such as BoardSource, a highly respected national organization...

 

League Giving Day a success!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation on League Giving Day and to those who helped spread the word. The League of American Orchestras not only met but surpassed the $75,000 goal, raising a total of $102,718 in one day....

 

Composers: Apply for ACO’s career development workshop, June 23

Friday, 09 June 2017

The American Composers Orchestra is offering a career development workshop for composers on Friday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DiMenna Center in Manhattan....

 

Watch free livestream of the League Conference’s Opening Plenary today

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

At 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 6, watch the Opening Plenary session of the League’s 2017 Conference as civic, business, and cultural leaders reveal the powerful interplay of their paths and how they’ve become change agents in building a new Detroit for all....

 

Applications now accepted for the League’s Emerging Leaders Program

Friday, 02 June 2017

For an unparalleled opportunity to learn and grow without leaving your orchestra, consider the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) from the League of American Orchestras. The ELP increases the leadership capabilities of high-potential orchestra professionals, benefitting…

 

One-day fundraiser on June 7 celebrates the League’s 75th anniversary

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the League of American Orchestras, and the celebrations begin with League Giving Day on Wednesday, June 7. …

 

Cliburn piano competition, streaming online and in movie theaters

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is now underway in Fort Worth, Texas, with 30 pianists ages 18 to 30 competing in preliminary rounds from May 25-28 at Bass Performance Hall. This year’s entire competition through June 10 will be live streamed at…

 

Is yours a fundraising “team”?

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ensure effective board-staff collaboration. Register today for the League of American Orchestras’ new leadership development seminar, Your Board’s Role in Fundraising, on Thursday, June 22, at the League’s New York office....

 

Group rate smorgasbord

Thursday, 18 May 2017

You can still save big on registration to the League’s 72nd National Conference. Group rates are available for volunteers, board members, colleges, youth orchestras, and for all members in orchestra groups 1-8.... 

 

League Honors Five Orchestra Musicians with Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras for their important work in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums, and more....

 

American Orchestras’ Futures Fund grants go to 21 orchestras

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The League of American Orchestras has announced grants to 21 large- and medium-budget U.S. orchestras. The grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each, focus on an array of programs incubating organizational innovation and experimentation....

 

“Better than early-bird” Conference discounts available

Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Missed the early-bird deadline? You can still save big on registration to the League’s 72nd National Conference. League group rates are still available, including the “Bring-a-Musician” Rebate, and so are discounts for... 

 

Digital Media Digest for May 2017 now available

Friday, 05 May 2017

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....

 

Deadline extended for quick-fire diversity presentations at Conference

Monday, 01 May 2017

The League of American Orchestras is seeking presenters for an informal quick-fire session—on June 7 at the National Conference in Detroit—showcasing the spectrum of diversity and inclusion in action at orchestras across the country....

 

Early-bird Conference registration ends Friday

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Save 20% on your registration for the League’s 72nd National Conference, June 6-8, 2017, hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Early-bird savings end on Friday, April 28....

 

Symphony magazine: on your laptop, your desktop, your phone

Monday, 24 April 2017

Check out the latest issue of Symphony online. Visit www.americanorchestras.org/spring to read the complete issue—with all the great articles, news, interviews, and photos you’ve come to expect. In the timely cover story, League President and CEO Jesse Rosen examines the new will to confront homogeneity in American orchestras....

 

NEA releases data tracking arts and cultural financial impact, state by state

Friday, 21 April 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that the latest findings from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) provide authoritative federal data on arts and cultural employment and compensation for each state. A press release from the Endowment…

 

Why pay retail?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Get 20% off the cost of your registration for the League’s 72nd National Conference, June 6-8, 2017, hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra...

 

New San Diego Youth Symphony video spotlights music education

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

This week, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory launched High Notes: The Case for Music Education, a video about the importance of music education in public schools, on University of California TV....

 

History of founding of ICSOM now available as ebook

Friday, 07 April 2017

More Than Meets the Ear, How Symphony Musicians Made Labor History, is now available on Amazon.com as an ebook. Written by Julie Ayres, a professional orchestra musician with experience in committee activity and labor negotiations, More Than Meets the Ear tells the story of a grassroots movement that…

 

Detroit Symphony opens competition for female composers

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is accepting submissions for the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. The award is granted annually to a living woman composer, of any age or nationality....

 

Develop your professional network at Conference

Monday, 03 April 2017

Come gather with the professionals in orchestra field at the League’s 72nd National Conference, June 6-8, 2017, hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra....

 

Sistema Connect matches volunteers with El Sistema programs

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

As El Sistema-inspired music-training programs emerge worldwide, so does the need for volunteers to help in many ways: supporting teachers, working with children, fundraising, curriculum development, making and fixing instruments, and more....

 

SHIFT Symposium examines orchestras and their new roles

Monday, 27 March 2017

As part of the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C., there will be a symposium at the Library of Congress on March 28 examining orchestras’ changing roles. League President and CEO Jesse Rosen will lead the 11:30 a.m. “Risk and Innovation” panel....

 

Early birds flock to Conference discount of 20%

Friday, 24 March 2017

The early birds registering for the League’s 72nd National Conference, June 6-8, 2017, hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, are getting 20% off the standard Conference registration rate...

 

Essentials of Orchestra Management applications due Friday

Monday, 20 March 2017

Applications are due on Friday, March 24, 2017, for the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management leadership development seminar, in Los Angeles, July 18-27, 2017. Essentials is hosted by the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music....

 

Digital Media Digest for March 2017 now available

Thursday, 16 March 2017

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 to achieve their institutional missions.... 

 

International Women’s Conducting Workshop in NYC this month

Monday, 13 March 2017

New York Conducting Institute will present a conducting workshop for women, to be led by Diane Wittry, March 17-20. Twelve conductors have been selected....

 

Updated information from the League about new executive order on U.S. travel restrictions

Thursday, 09 March 2017

The White House has revoked the executive order concerning international travel announced on January 27, 2017 and has issued a new executive order that takes effect on March 16, 2017....

 

New report from Wallace: How arts organizations can attract millennials

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

A new study from the Wallace Foundation examines millennial attitudes toward the performing arts—and offers clues to engaging this emerging audience....

 

Report from National Center for Arts Research tracks expenses at arts groups

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University has released the Expenses Report, the latest in a series of studies on the health of U.S. arts organizations. This edition, which focuses on expenses related directly to the cost of programming in multiple…

 

“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” on HBO Monday night

Monday, 06 March 2017

The 2016 documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will air Monday, March 6, on HBO. Directed by Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), the film...

 

Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot to be given Gold Baton award at League Conference

Friday, 03 March 2017

Ann Hobson Pilot will receive the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League’s 72nd National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, 2017....

 

League Conference registration now open

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Act now! The early bird rate for the League’s National Conference is 20% off the regular price. The Conference is June 6-8, 2017 in Detroit, hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra....

 

Funding for composers in New York State

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The New York State Council on the Arts has announced that funding from $2,500 to $10,000 is available for composers to create new work in any of a variety of musical genres through its Individual Artists Program....

 

New tips for musicians flying with instruments

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The League of American Orchestras has learned that Transportation Security Administration is using a new automated bin system at Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, and Atlanta airports....

 

Understanding arts audiences through research

Friday, 17 February 2017

The Wallace Foundation has released the first installment in its Building Audiences for Sustainability Stories series that looks at the early-stage efforts of arts organizations that are seeking to attract new audiences while retaining the ones they have, as part of a Wallace initiative....

 

Apply for Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The deadline is April 13 to apply for the Nashville Symphony’s second Composer Lab & Workshop, developed by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero with composer and program director Aaron Jay Kernis....

 

Financial aid available to attend Essentials of Orchestra Management

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A limited number of need-based tuition awards are available for participants in the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management leadership development seminar...

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for February 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017

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....

 

Out of Many, One—actions to take now

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

In a January 27 message to League of American Orchestras members about the new public policy environment, Jesse Rosen, the League’s president and CEO, said the League will “continue to directly represent orchestras before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies, and to mobilize our members for action when pivotal policy moments are upon us.” ... 

 

League issues statement on travel ban executive order

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The League of American Orchestras believes in the power of music to communicate across differences, express and animate the issues of our time, and advance international diplomacy and our democracy. With each concert U.S. orchestras perform here and abroad, as many as 100 musicians from diverse traditions, faiths, and political perspectives play in unison....

 

Essentials of Orchestra Management now accepting applications

Monday, 30 January 2017

The League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, Essentials of Orchestra Management, will take place in Los Angeles, July 18-27, 2017....

 

EarShot’s new free, online composer archive: music clips, program notes, and score samples from more than 140 composers

Friday, 27 January 2017

EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, has announced the launch of the EarShot Composer Archive, a new database of audio excerpts, program notes, and score samples by more than 140 composers whose works have been performed through the EarShot Network....

 

The new issue of Symphony magazine—in print, on your laptop, your desktop, your phone

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Check out the latest issue of Symphony, the League’s award-winning magazine, for free here. Discover the innovative ways that orchestras are using to connect with millennial audiences—it’s more than just tweeting every now and…

 

League webinar highlights new ideas on building arts audiences with Wallace research

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

As orchestras announce their coming seasons, now is the time think about cultivating new audiences while strengthening bonds with current attendees. A free webinar by the League of American Orchestras....

 

Applications open for NJSO’s Cone Composition Institute

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The deadline is February 1 for composers to apply for the 2017 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, which promotes new music and emerging composers.... 

 

None of us knows more than all of us

Friday, 20 January 2017

This year’s Mid-Winter Managers Meeting in Dallas is less than two weeks away—and there’s still time to sign up! This popular League of American Orchestras seminar takes place Sunday afternoon through Monday, January 29-30....

 

Nominate a musician by Feb. 3 for the League’s 2017 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 19 January 2017

This is your chance to recognize musicians making an impact! Nominations for the second annual Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are now open....

 

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