Arkansas Symphony gets MetLife Governance Grant

Posted on: December 22, 2010

Monday (12/20) on the website for the Central Arkansas-based Today’s THV channel 11, Lindsey Tugman reports, “The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is one of five orchestras to receive the 2010-2011 MetLife Governance Grant for Board Development from the League of American Orchestras. The grant provides financial support to strengthen board governance practice. The orchestras are selected through a competitive applications process that assesses their plan for board development, its long and short term impact, and the measurement of results. The grants range from $4,000 to $7,500. The ASO received $7,500. The four other orchestras honored with this year’s grants are Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. As a precondition to the application, the orchestra boards all participated in the League of American Orchestras/BoardSource self-assessment resource for orchestra boards. Participation in this process helped inform the grant applications. … ‘Strong board leadership is crucial to an orchestra’s artistic and financial health and its overall sustainability,’ said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. ‘We are very fortunate that MetLife Foundation provides orchestras with this valuable assistance in improving the performance of these key members of the orchestra community.’ ”

Posted December 22, 2010