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.

League of American Orchestras and American Composers Orchestra announce three new Women Composers commissions

Friday, 01 March 2019

Composers Courtney Bryan, Cindy Cox, and Fang Man will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the 2018 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation....

 

Last chance to apply for the League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Applications close on March 4 for the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Currently in its fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards program, made possible through…

 

League of American Orchestras to honor composer Joan Tower with Gold Baton award at 2019 National Conference in Nashville

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Composer Joan Tower will receive the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League’s 74th National Conference, June 3-5, 2019 in Nashville....

 

Registration is open for the League’s 74th National Conference!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Register now for the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 National Conference, June 3-5 in Nashville, and receive an early-bird discount of 20% off the regular rate....

 

Volunteers: Gold Book Awards of Excellence announced

Friday, 15 February 2019

Volunteer associations at six orchestras have won a 2019 Gold Book Award of Excellence from the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras—and now you can check them out here....

 

Orpheus@Mannes launches free weeklong chamber-orchestra seminar, focusing on shared musician leadership

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Mannes School of Music in New York City have announced Orpheus@Mannes, a weeklong chamber orchestra intensive inspired by Orpheus’s collaborative leadership model....

 

Apply by March 4 for League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Friday, 08 February 2019

Now through March 4, the League of American Orchestras is accepting nominations for the 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Currently in its fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards program ...

 

Apply now to the League’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar

Thursday, 07 February 2019

Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ professional development seminar, will be at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School from July 8 to 18. Presented in association…

 

Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop now accepting applications

Monday, 04 February 2019

Now through March 8, the Nashville Symphony is accepting applications for its Composer Lab & Workshop, which offers young composers the opportunity to hear their music performed by the Nashville Symphony, receive mentoring and feedback ...

 

Advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at your orchestra with the League’s Catalyst Fund

Friday, 01 February 2019

Interested in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at your orchestra? Apply for a grant from the League of American Orchestras’ new Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is a three-year pilot program that awards annual grants to member orchestras...

 

Watch Sphinx musicians at World Economic Forum in Davos

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Four musicians from the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which aims to increase diversity in classical music and the arts, performed at the World Economic Forum last week in Davos, Switzerland. The forum convenes…

 

The Hub turns ten!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

In January of 2009, the League of American Orchestras launched The Hub, a daily online overview of breaking news and insights about orchestras, classical music, and the changing cultural scene. Every week day, the editors of Symphony magazine create new content for The Hub, posting some 2,000 individual news items per year—and racking up a cumulative 20,000 articles over The Hub’s ten years....

 

Urgent concerns about new federal tax policies—and their impact on orchestras

Monday, 28 January 2019

A new tax on nonprofits that was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), implemented one year ago, is diverting substantial resources away from activity at nonprofit organizations, according to a new report, “How the TCJA’s New UBIT Provisions Will Affect Nonprofits.” ...

 

Hot off the presses: Winter 2019 Issue of Symphony Magazine

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Every issue of Symphony, the League’s quarterly magazine, reports on the critical issues, trends, personalities, and developments of the orchestra world. What’s in the latest edition of Symphony, available now in print and online? ...

 

Orchestras offer free tickets for furloughed government employees

Friday, 18 January 2019

In response to the ongoing government shutdown, multiple orchestras are offering free tickets to furloughed federal employees. The orchestras are taking a variety of approaches: some are offering free tickets for a performance on a specific date, others are making free tickets available for concerts during a limited period, and others are making free tickets available through the…

 

Sign up now for 2019 Orchestras Feeding America food drive

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in Orchestras Feeding America, an unprecedented coordinated effort to collect and donate food...

 

Learn all about the League’s new Catalyst Fund in a free webinar on Friday, January 18

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Catalyst Fund is the League of American Orchestras’ new grant-making program to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in America’s orchestras. Catalyst Fund grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be given to adult and youth orchestras to support the costs of retaining a skilled EDI practitioner to advance EDI learning objectives....

 

Apply now for League’s 2019 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

Monday, 14 January 2019

The League of American Orchestras invites nominations for the 2019 Ford Musicians Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Now in their fourth year, the Ford Musicians Awards, made possible through the generosity of Ford Motor Company Fund, celebrate and honor professional orchestra musicians who ... 

 

Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial concert on PBS “Great Performances”

Friday, 11 January 2019

Public television’s Great Performances series will broadcast The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration on Friday, January 11 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings). Conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the concert commemorates the centennial of the orchestra’s founding ...

 

League of American Orchestras launches Catalyst Fund to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in orchestras

Thursday, 10 January 2019

The League of American Orchestras has announced The Catalyst Fund, a three-year pilot program of annual grants to adult and youth orchestras that aims to advance their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and to foster effective EDI practices....

 

Bassist in the television spotlight

Wednesday, 09 January 2019

On Thursday, January 10, bassist Xavier Foley, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, will be featured on the NYC-ARTS program on public television’s Thirteen/WNET....

 

What makes some board members highly effective?

Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Find out the qualities that turn board members into champions for their orchestras on Friday, February 1 at Is Your Board Optimized?, a leadership development seminar in Los Angeles offered by the League of American…

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for January 2019

Monday, 07 January 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....

 

On PBS: “Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake”

Wednesday, 02 January 2019

The documentary “Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake” is airing on PBS stations from New Year’s Day through January 4. The film chronicles the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s Natural History ...

 

Tech alert!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

You might have experienced technical difficulties when logging into The Hub. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. Thanks for your patience. …

 

2018 is almost over—now is the time to give to the League!

Monday, 17 December 2018

The League of American Orchestras gives heartfelt thanks to everyone who made a donation to the League in 2018. The League shares your passion for orchestral music and believes that orchestras are vital to the health and vibrancy of communities....

 

Important (and timely) League seminar next month

Friday, 14 December 2018

Get the tools you need to create a workplace free of sexual misconduct in Sexual Harassment Prevention in Orchestras: Building Cultures of Respect, a seminar from the League of American Orchestras....

 

Juilliard offers free live-streams of master classes

Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Juilliard School is presenting a series of free, live-streamed master classes this season. Cellist Steven Isserlis led a class on December 7, and coming up are master classes with violinist Ronald Copes and cellist Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet (Tuesday, December 18) ... 

 

Apply now for Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

Thursday, 06 December 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition, an annual program that has helped build the musical careers of young talent for more than 30 years.... 

 

New study from Wallace shows opera company built audiences through market research

Monday, 03 December 2018

How can performing arts groups use market research to develop programs that appeal to new audiences? A just-released study from the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative shows how the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis used market research to understand and reach new audiences—with lessons that orchestras can apply....

 

Reed alert: Oberlin to livestream recital during daylong F. Lorée Oboe Day

Friday, 30 November 2018

On December 2 at 1:30 p.m., Oberlin Conservatory will livestream a recital spotlighting music for oboe and English horn, as part of its F. Lorée Oboe Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. devoted to the instruments and hosted by Oberlin Oboe Professor Robert Walters....

 

Music students: Apply now for Nashville Symphony’s Curb Concerto Competition

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the Nashville Symphony’s annual Curb Concerto Competition, to place at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on February 23-24, 2019. The competition is open to classically trained, instrumental music students ages 14 to 18...

 

Pittsburgh Symphony to livestream free concert honoring Tree of Life Synagogue victims on Nov. 27

Monday, 26 November 2018

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s November 27 “Music for the Spirit: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free performance honoring the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders, will be broadcast live online at 7:30 p.m. on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Facebook page and on Pittsburgh radio station WQED-FM 89.3....

 

Looking to connect your orchestra with new audiences? A new video shows how

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Downtown Seattle is a boomtown right now, and the Seattle Symphony saw fresh opportunities to connect with the newcomers who were settling into the neighborhoods surrounding Benaroya Hall, the orchestra’s home. But how to connect with these untapped audiences? ...

 

Check it out: Digital Media Digest for November 2018

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

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.... 

 

Shop for a cause and support the League!

Monday, 19 November 2018

Amid all of the shopping, festivities, and family get-togethers, the holiday season is also an important time for charitable organizations: close to a quarter of annual donations are made in the last two months of the year....

 

New from Wallace: taking down practical hurdles to the arts

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

How to tackle the everyday, real-life concerns of potential audience members about attending a performance? A new post from the Wallace Foundation, Taking Down Practical Hurdles, explores some of the concrete worries—from scheduling and cost to where to park and what to wear—of people who are interested in the arts, and offers tactics to allay those concerns and engage newcomers....

 

Register now for the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The League of American Orchestras invites executive directors and youth orchestra administrators to attend the annual Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 27-28 at the Marriott East Side Hotel in New York City. This is…

 

Suggestions for programming an orchestral Veterans Day concert

Monday, 12 November 2018

Composer and conductor Brian Dix, a former director of the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, in Washington, D.C., has posted advice at the Association of California Orchestras website for how symphony orchestras can best craft Veterans Day programs....

 

After the Midterms… “Playing Your Part: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy”

Friday, 09 November 2018

Everyone involved in an orchestra, whether as an administrator, musician, volunteer, or concertgoer, cares deeply about the future of orchestras and the communities they serve—which means we cannot afford to rest when there is advocacy to be done....

 

Available now: “Reflecting Our Communities Through Music” video

Thursday, 08 November 2018

A video of the “Reflecting Our Communities Through Music” panel at the League of American Orchestras’ 2019 Conference highlights the creative initiatives that orchestras are using to reach wide swaths of community members....

 

Grant opportunity for League-member orchestras in Groups 1-4

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Now through December 11, the League of American Orchestras is accepting letters of intent for support from its $4.5 million grants program, the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund. The Futures Fund program, made possible through the generous support of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation...

 

Memorial concert announced for classical-music artist manager Charles Hamlen

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

A memorial concert for Charles Hamlen, an influential figure in the classical music field who co-founded a leading classical talent management agency, will be held at the New York Ethical Culture Society on Wednesday, November 7....

 

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra calls for scores for Young Composers Competition

Friday, 02 November 2018

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is accepting new orchestra scores for its 2018-19 Young Composers Competition....

 

American Composers Orchestra profiled on WNET’s NYC-ARTS telecast

Thursday, 01 November 2018

The New York City-based American Composers Orchestra, which is dedicated to the creation and performance of orchestral music by American composers, is currently being featured on WNET television’s NYC-ARTS series....

 

Check it out: new issue of Symphony magazine

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Inspiring speeches by musicians and arts advocates Vijay Gupta and Jennifer Koh. First-person perspectives from young Black and Latinx classical musicians. A close-up portrait of legendary film composer John Williams, whose works are performed...

 

Ravinia announces second annual “Bridges” classical/jazz competition for young composers

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The Steans Music Institute at Ravinia, the annual music festival in Highland Park north of Chicago, is seeking new scores that fuse jazz and classical music by composers ages 18 to 30 for its “Bridges” competition....

 

Student musicians invited to enter Hartford Symphony’s Young Artists Competition

Monday, 29 October 2018

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is now accepting applications for its Young Artists Competition. The competition takes place in three rounds. The preliminary round consists of an online registration and…

 

National Sawdust seeks scores from female, nonbinary, and trans composers for Hildegard Competition

Thursday, 25 October 2018

National Sawdust, the Brooklyn-based center for new music, has announced the second annual Hildegard Competition, named for medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen. Launched last season to give female, nonbinary, and trans composers opportunities for their work to be recognized ... 

 

Yo-Yo Ma, Vijay Gupta, Jennifer Koh, and more: must-watch videos from League’s 2018 National Conference

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Yo-Yo Ma’s stirring remarks from the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 National Conference are now posted—and must-see Conference highlights video and more are available now....

 

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