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.

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....

 

Applications open for Adelphi Orchestra’s young artist competition

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The deadline is February 1 to submit video applications for the Adelphi Orchestra’s annual young artist competition for string and wind musicians up to age 23....

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for January

Thursday, 12 January 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....

 

Hewlett Foundation launches new grants for music commissions in SF Bay Area

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts....

 

2017 Orchestras Feeding America materials are now available!

Friday, 06 January 2017

The League of American Orchestras is once again conducting its annual national food drive, Orchestras Feeding America. And once again we are asking for your help by participating in this year’s effort....

 

Orchestras: apply now for 2019 SHIFT festival

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Proposals are due by January 17, 2017 for the third annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, April 8-14, 2019, in Washington, D.C....

 

League of American Orchestras and New Music USA announce five new Music Alive residencies

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Five composer and orchestra pairs have been selected through a peer review panel process to participate in Music Alive, a national three-year composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA....

 

Activate trustees, optimize fundraising

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Attend Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising, a professional development seminar in San Francisco, February 16, 2017, offered through the League of American Orchestras’ Noteboom Governance Center in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO)...

 

2016 is almost over—now is the time to give!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Heartfelt thanks go out to those who made donations to the League of American Orchestras in 2016. If you haven’t yet given, we hope you will think of the League as you consider your year-end donations....

 

Nominations now open for the 2017 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Friday, 16 December 2016

The League of American Orchestras announces that Ford Motor Company Fund has renewed its support for the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. This award, entering its second year...

 

Now posted: Digital Media News for December

Thursday, 15 December 2016

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....

 

League of American Orchestras and EarShot announce composers for Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Three composers—Chen-Hui Jen, Wang Jie, and Hannah Lash—will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2016 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, which is administered by the American Composers Orchestra and EarShot and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation....

 

Free webinar explains new rules for musical instruments and protected species

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Is your orchestra ready to follow the new regulations for crossing international borders with musical instruments that contain protected species, such as ivory, rosewood, tortoise shell, and other material? In a free webinar, experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....

 

Sign up now for Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Monday, 12 December 2016

Executive directors: Now is the time to register for the League of American Orchestras’ popular Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 28-30, in Dallas, Texas, at The Westin Dallas Downtown....

 

Improve your board’s fundraising odds

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Attend Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising, a professional development seminar in San Francisco, February 16, 2017, presented by the League of American Orchestras in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras....

 

Free webinar from the League on building arts audiences with Wallace research

Monday, 05 December 2016

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts organizations. Even so, many orchestras shy away from research, often citing lack of money, time, or skills....

 

Free webinar on new rules for musical instruments and protected species

Friday, 02 December 2016

Is your orchestra ready to follow new rules for crossing international borders with musical instruments that contain protected species, such as ivory, rosewood, tortoise shell, and other material?...

 

Learn about Carnegie Hall’s free Link Up program in December 13 webinar

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Carnegie Hall invites orchestras to bring the free Link Up program to their communities in the 2017-18 season. Learn more during a 30-minute webinar...

 

SHIFT invites orchestras to apply for 2019 festival

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Orchestras are invited to submit proposals for the third annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, April 8-14, 2019, in Washington, D.C....

 

Free webinar for League members—Inside Exemplary Service: Ford Musician Awardees

Monday, 21 November 2016

Click here to watch a free webinar at which you’ll meet the five orchestra musicians who earned Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Each musician performs with an orchestra that is a member of the League of American Orchestras.... 

 

Register now for Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Friday, 18 November 2016

Executive directors may now register for the League of American Orchestras’ popular Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 28-30, in Dallas, Texas, at The Westin Dallas Downtown.... 

 

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