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Conference 2012 registration is now open! 

Join us June 5-8 for the 67th National League Conference – and yes, it will be bigger, better, Texas-style! Hosted by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, this year’s Conference will be jam-packed with learning for board members, staff, musicians, and volunteers.

We encourage you to take a look around the site and see what’s in store – provocative General Sessions and Perspectives, a wide variety of Toolboxes, and plenty of time with your peers. And don’t forget the music - it’s why we’re all here! The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra are ready to show you what they can do.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned for more – more speakers, more sessions, more of what you requested. The League’s National Conference is where you’ll want to be in June!

Posted March 6, 2012

Featured Resource: Governance Vlog: Governing Toward the Future—Parts I and II 

In this four part series, Governing Toward the Future, organizational consultant Fred Miller describes four critical issues that orchestra boards and management must address.

I.  Avoiding the Tyranny of Mission
In this vlog organizational consultant Fred Miller defines the differences between mission, vision and strategy and warns of the consequences of relentlessly pursuing an organizational mission when changes in the external environment require a different approach.

II. The Imperative of Positive Net Financial Margins and Capitalization

Fred discusses the consequences of poorly understood and deficient business models and undercapitalization. 

To register for parts I and II, click here.

Viewers can also sign up for a group conference call with Fred to discuss points raised in Governing Toward the Future—Parts I and II on Friday, April 13th from 3:00pm-4:30pm EST.  Register for the call here.

Governance resources are made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation.

Additional support for these resources is made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Posted March 6, 2012