The League of American Orchestras has announced that six orchestras are recipients of 2013-14 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development. They are the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Chorus and Youth Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, and Virtuosi of Houston. The grants range from $2,700 to $7,200, and provide financial support to strengthen board governance practice. Orchestras were selected through a competitive application process that assessed their plan for board development, its long- and short-term impact, and the measurement of results. Applicants were also required to have board members complete the League’s Board of Directors Self-Assessment Tool to analyze and define strengths and weaknesses, roles and responsibilities, and priorities for board development. Orchestras of all budget sizes were eligible to apply. “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. “Strong governance is essential to the functioning of nonprofit organizations, and we are proud to partner with the League of American Orchestras to develop and strengthen orchestra boards,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation.
Posted November 20, 2013