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.

Sphinx Tank Grants now open

Monday, 19 August 2019

The Sphinx Organization has opened applications for its 2020 Sphinx Tank Grants, in which four emerging arts and cultural entrepreneurs of color will “pitch” their projects to a panel of industry leaders before a live audience.... 

 

The League’s 2017-18 Orchestra Statistical Report survey is now open!

Thursday, 15 August 2019

The League of American Orchestras has been collecting data from the orchestral field since 1946, and its Orchestra Statistical Report (OSR) is the largest and most comprehensive orchestra data set in the United States....

 

Volunteers: Be recognized and inspire others!

Friday, 09 August 2019

The Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras is seeking the country’s most innovative volunteer-driven projects. Submit your work as a volunteer by Friday, August 30 to be considered for a Gold Award of Excellence or a Spotlight Award. Categories for projects include...

 

American Composers Forum to present Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum

Friday, 02 August 2019

On September 7, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the American Composers Forum will present the 2019 Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum, a daylong convening of artists, administrators, and advocates to discuss racially…

 

Now seeking: Emerging Leaders

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Apply now to the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program. The program offers a powerful curriculum to cultivate and strengthen the capabilities of high-potential orchestra professionals—and the application deadline for the 2019-20 program is August 16, 2019....

 

Summer 2019 Volunteer Notes available now

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Four times a year, the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras publishes Volunteer Notes, a newsletter that reports on the activities of the Volunteer Council and volunteers at orchestras nationwide.... 

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for July 2019

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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. For each monthly digest, the League’s digital media consultants...

 

Summer reading: Check out the latest issue of Symphony magazine

Monday, 22 July 2019

Every issue of Symphony, the League’s quarterly magazine, reports on the critical issues, emerging trends, and news of the orchestra world....

 

The League’s 2017-18 Orchestra Statistical Report survey is now open!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Members of the League of American Orchestras who complete the League’s annual Orchestra Statistical Report by the September 13 due date will receive a benchmarking report with financial and operating data about peer orchestras....

 

Apply now for the League’s Emerging Leaders Program

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program offers a powerful curriculum to cultivate and strengthen the capabilities of high-potential orchestra professionals....

 

2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management cohort announced

Friday, 12 July 2019

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ seminar for preparing early-career orchestra professionals to be effective and innovative administrators and leaders, runs from July 8-18 in Los Angeles at the University of…

 

Nineteen U.S. Orchestras receive grants from the League’s American Orchestras’ Futures Fund

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Nineteen U.S. orchestras have received grants from the League of American Orchestras’ American Orchestras’ Futures Fund to support innovation and organizational learning. The two-year American Orchestras’ Future Fund grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each...
 

Music Academy of the West to host third annual Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference, July 22-24

Tuesday, 09 July 2019

From July 22 to 24, the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, California, will present the Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference, at which artists, composers, arts executives, and media leaders will cover ...

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, 03 July 2019

The Hub will take a brief Independence Day break on July 4 and 5, and will return on Monday, July 8.

 

Now posted: resources from Wallace Foundation and California Symphony seminar at 2019 Conference

Monday, 01 July 2019

One of the most highly rated sessions at the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 Conference in June was New Strategies for Success in Audience Research and Development, which revealed ...

 

Now posted: excerpts from NEA address at League’s 2019 National Conference

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts has posted excerpts from “Orchestras Strengthening Ties to Their Communities,” an address by Ann Meier Baker, the NEA’s director of music and opera, at the opening plenary session of the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference in Nashville on June 3, 2019....

 

Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project invite performers to orchestrate their songs

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project are seeking five bands or solo artists from multiple musical genres to play with live orchestra. In the “Orchestrate”…

 

Streaming live: Russia’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, June 17-29

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The sixteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition is underway from June 17 to 29 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, with 231 contestants comprising pianists, violinists, cellists, vocalists, and, new this year, woodwind and brass players. The competition is being streamed live and on demand at medici.tv....

 

League’s 2019 Conference: highlights, videos, presentations, and more

Monday, 17 June 2019

More than 1,200 orchestra colleagues attended the League of American Orchestras’ 74th National Conference on June 3-5 in Nashville. The Conference was an extraordinary gathering of musicians, composers, board members, administrators, and volunteers, filled with provocative content and great music....

 

#SupportOrchestras with League Giving Day on June 4!

Monday, 03 June 2019

Tuesday, June 4 is the League of American Orchestras’ third annual League Giving Day. The goal: to raise $75,000 in 24 hours to support the League’s efforts on behalf of orchestras....

 

Download the League’s Conference app now

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Get everything you need to know about the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 National Conference, June 3-5 in Nashville, via the Conference app....  

 

League webinar: “Why Culture Matters to Mission”

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Culture—effective culture—is an essential ingredient for the successful, impactful influential organization. On Thursday, June 20, Lisa Brown Alexander, president and CEO of Nonprofit HR, will lead a League of American Orchestras webinar that will show League members how to cultivate the skills necessary to manage people effectively....

 

League announces orchestra recipients of Catalyst Fund grants advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion

Thursday, 23 May 2019

The League of American Orchestras has awarded grants to 23 U.S. orchestras to help deepen understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), improve practice, and strengthen organizational culture....

 

Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s new online radio station, featuring contemporary music

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which is dedicated to performing contemporary symphonic repertoire, has launched BMOP Radio, a commercial-free, 24/7 online radio station broadcasting the BMOP/sound label’s catalogue of more than 75 recordings....

 

Unforgettable music at League’s National Conference

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

MUSIC CentriCITY is the theme of the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference this June in Nashville—and a compelling musical experience from composer Hannibal Lokumbe will be a Conference…

 

#SupportOrchestras with the League’s third annual League Giving Day on June 4

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Tuesday, June 4 marks the League of American Orchestras’ third annual League Giving Day. The goal: to raise $75,000 in 24 hours to support the League’s efforts on behalf of orchestras....

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for May 2019

Monday, 13 May 2019

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....

 

Five orchestra musicians to receive League’s Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 09 May 2019

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the League’s National Conference in Nashville, June 3-5, 2019....

 

Webinar: Promoting access, equity, and inclusion for people with disabilities in the arts

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts and the nonprofit Art Beyond Sight will present a free webinar, “Careers in the Arts: Promoting Access, Equity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities,” on Thursday, May 16 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET....

 

League partners with Eastman School to co-produce orchestra management case studies

Tuesday, 07 May 2019

The League of American Orchestras and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY will collaborate on a one-year pilot program to co-produce and launch a new category of the Eastman Case Studies focused on orchestra management.... 

 

League arts journalism fellowship seeks candidates from underrepresented communities

Monday, 06 May 2019

The League of American Orchestras is accepting applications in its Equity Fellowship Program for an Equity Fellow in Arts Journalism. For this paid fellowship, the League seeks candidates from diverse communities ...

 

The League will be moving!

Friday, 03 May 2019

To strengthen its services to members, the League of American Orchestras is moving its office this fall to 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th streets in New York’s Garment District. The move will allow the League to…

 

Watch “Where to Start in Building Audiences” webinar for free on demand

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

More than 100 arts professionals tuned into the League’s live webinar, Where to Start in Building Audiences: Unpacking the Many Resources from The Wallace Foundation. If you missed it, you can watch it free of charge ...

 

Nézet-Séguin to lead masterclass with Juilliard voice students on free livestream

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

On Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm EDT, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, will lead a masterclass for voice students at the Julliard School in New York City. The class will be livestreamed for free ... 

 

Santa Rosa Symphony and Green Music Center launch photography contest

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

On July 28, 2019, California’s Santa Rosa Symphony will give a free “Four Seasons of Sonoma County” concert at the Green Music Center to celebrate the beauty of Sonoma County through the eyes of its residents.... 

 

Applications open for Ann Arbor Symphony’s Young Artist Competition

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for its 2019 Young Artist Competition. The juried competition, which culminates in a solo performance by the top prize winner at an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra youth concert ...

 

May 2 in NYC: Learn the habits of highly effective board members

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Learn the qualities that turn board members into champions for their orchestras at Is Your Board Optimized?, a leadership development seminar from the League of American Orchestras on Thursday, May 2 in New York City. Susan Howlett, the orchestra-savvy author

 

Come to Conference early and get extra smart: Monday, June 3, Nashville

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Planning to attend the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference in Nashville this June? Arrive early and depart even smarter by taking advantage of the rich array of Pre-Conference Seminars on Monday, June 3....

 

Reach the decisionmakers: advertise in the Conference Issue of Symphony—reserve by this Friday, April 12

Tuesday, 09 April 2019

The deadline to advertise in the Conference Issue of Symphony is approaching. Do you have news you want to share with everyone in the orchestra world? ...

 

Check out “Where to Start in Building Audiences,” April 23 webinar exploring resources from Wallace Foundation

Monday, 08 April 2019

Learn how to best use resources from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability program at Where to Start in Building Audiences: Unpacking the Many Resources from The Wallace Foundation, a no-cost, live webinar, hosted by the League of American Orchestras, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30pm ET....

 

Watch Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed”

Friday, 05 April 2019

On March 31, conductor David Morrow led the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Florida A&M Concert Choir, and the Morehouse College Glee Club in Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson (in photo). The work is set...

 

Register today for League human resources webinar on Thursday, April 4

Monday, 01 April 2019

Challenges in the workplace are unavoidable, but the way in which they’re handled is critical to organizational health. Learn how to cultivate the skills to manage people effectively at “The Challenges of Managing People,” a League of American Orchestras webinar that is a benefit of League membership....

 

Dallas Symphony to offer free simulcast plus livestream of concert led by incoming music director Fabio Luisi

Friday, 29 March 2019

On Thursday, April 18, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will offer a free, live-concert simulcast Fabio Luisi’s first appearance with the orchestra since he was announced as its next music director. The simulcast will be shown at Dallas’ Annette Strauss Square...

 

Harth-Bedoya announces 2019 Fundamentals of Orchestral Conducting Workshop

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, will lead a Fundamentals of Orchestral Conducting Workshop in Fort…

 

Apply by April 8 for League’s 2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Monday, 25 March 2019

Applications are due Monday, April 8 for Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ immersive professional-development seminar, which will take place in Los Angeles from July 8 to 18 ...

 

Is Your Board Optimized?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Find out the qualities that turn board members into champions for their orchestras at Is Your Board Optimized?, a leadership development seminar offered by the League of American Orchestras on Thursday, May 2 in New York City....

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for March 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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....

 

New from Wallace: Building loyalty and name recognition among audiences

Thursday, 14 March 2019

How does an arts presenter increase name recognition and attract younger audiences? A new article and video from The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative show how the Boston-based World Music/CRASHarts built loyalty and recognition among younger audiences ...

 

Listen: All-day radio marathon of women composers for International Women’s Day

Friday, 08 March 2019

New York classical music station WQXR is hosting a 24-hour marathon of all-women composers in celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8.... 

 

Financial aid available for League’s 2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ immersive professional development seminar, will take place in Los Angeles from July 8 to 18, hosted by the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program at the Thornton School of Music....

 

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