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.

2014-15 Orchestra Governance Center Grants

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Apply now for the League of American Orchestras’ 2014-15 Governance Center Grants, which provide financial support to orchestra boards to strengthen their governance practice. Grants range from $2,500 to $7,500, and those selected via a competitive application process will be informed by mid-January 2015....


Seminar: Building an Effective Fundraising Board

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Board members are critical components in fundraising for orchestras—but are they comfortable as fundraisers? Are they engaged in meaningful fundraising? The League of American Orchestras will present Building an Effective Fundraising Board, an interactive seminar for orchestra board members and CEOs, on November 6, 2014....


Panel discussion on engaging new audiences to be live-streamed

Monday, 29 September 2014

On Wednesday, October 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, the Wallace Foundation will host a panel discussion on innovative practices in building arts audiences. Joining moderator Kurt Andersen, host of Public Radio International’s Studio 360, will be…


Application deadlines announced for EarShot composer readings

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

“The American Composers Orchestra has announced its deadline for all EarShot submissions for the 2014-15 season,” writes Ian Holubiak in Friday’s (9/19) Classicalite website. “Various reading opportunities are available for emerging composers for the upcoming season with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Modern Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony and the ACO’s own Underwood New Music Readings and Commission.... 


Panel discussion on engaging new audiences to be live-streamed

Monday, 22 September 2014

On Wednesday, October 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, the Wallace Foundation will host a panel discussion on innovative practices in building arts audiences. Joining moderator Kurt Andersen, host of Public Radio International’s Studio 360, will be Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts... 


Composers: 2015 Rome Prize applications now being accepted

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The American Academy in Rome is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Rome Prize fellowships. The Rome Prize is awarded annually to about thirty candidates in the arts, including musical composition, selected by a jury of distinguished peers through a national competition. Winners are invited to Rome...


Volunteers’ Gold Book Project of the Month: The Run for Music

Friday, 29 August 2014

In its fourth year, The Run for Music has grown into a very successful fundraiser for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and its youth music-education programs. In partnership with the local running club, Gulf Coast Runners...


Free eBook! “Engaging Your Board in Fundraising”

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A BoardSource eBook

Studies show that board member participation in fundraising is considered to be inadequate by executive directors and board members alike, so it’s important to look at what is keeping staff members from being more successful at engaging board members in fundraising.


New! SoundWaves in “Symphony”

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Beginning with its fall issue, Symphony magazine will introduce SoundWaves, a new advertising section in which readers can find out about new and historic recordings. SoundWaves will feature four ads per page at an introductory price of $350 for a ¼ page color ad....


Live Webinar: Applying for the League’s Getty Education and Community Investment Grants

Monday, 07 July 2014

July 16, 2014 from 12-1 pm EST

The League is offering a free webinar to introduce the third round of its Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. These one-year grants…


Volunteers’ Gold Book Project of the Month

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Orchestra volunteers: Need to raise a quick $20,000? Looking for a unique fundraising event? Get out the checkered tablecloths and bibs and have a Lobster Fest Picnic!

Here’s how the Oklahoma City Orchestra League does it ... 


Conference 2014 Highlights

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Start your summer out right—visit to experience just some of what you missed in Seattle!

Highlights include: Keynote addresses from Claire Chase, Alan Brown, and Jesse Rosen. Sessions such as Acting Up: Urgent Civic Priorities, Achieving Impact: Funders’ New Expectations, Get a Grip on the New Music Education Ecosystem, and Mind the (Generation and Diversity) Gap! ...


Watch Sessions from Conference—and More!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Whether you missed Conference or just want to see a presentation again, check out the videos, transcripts, and PowerPoints that are now available. Read Jesse Rosen’s speech, “It’s About Time,” and watch Alan Brown’s keynote address and Doug…


Featured Resource: The Board Chair Handbook

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Board Chair Handbook, a BoardSource eBook, focuses on helping board chairs carry out their responsibilities for the good of the organization. Whether you are a seasoned board chair wanting to brush up and learn something new... 


The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Applications for Round 3 of the League's Getty Grants are now open! The League of American Orchestras is pleased to announce a third round of grants to orchestras that help to stimulate growth and excellence in education and community engagement. With funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, these one-year grants, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 ....


The Source: 12 Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Nonprofit Boards

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations, making discernible differences in their advance on mission. How does a board rise to this level? Are there standards that describe this height of performance?...


Celebrate Father’s Day—and support the League—with AmazonSmile

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The League of American Orchestras has joined AmazonSmile, a new service provided by Amazon where 0.5% of purchases are given to a charitable organization of the consumer’s choice. To celebrate Father’s Day, from now through June 15, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at


Watch the Opening Session!

Friday, 06 June 2014

Missed the livestream of our Opening Session? Watch it now! You can also see videos of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jesse Rosen and Simon Woods’ welcome and Gold Baton presentation, the keynote address from Claire Chase, and the performance by Gabriel Prokofiev and Joshua Roman.


Conference: Live Stream of Opening Session from Seattle

Tuesday, 03 June 2014

We’ll be live-streaming the opening session of the League’s National Conference tomorrow, June 4, at 3:45pm PST (6:45pm EST), featuring a keynote address from flutist Claire Chase and performances by cellist Joshua Roman and composer/DJ Gabriel Prokofiev—and we invite you and your colleagues to watch and discuss...


SMART: Strategy and Money Alignment Readiness Tool

Friday, 30 May 2014

You have the vision. You have the plan. Can you afford it? The answer is right there on your balance sheet—and SMART (Strategy and Money Alignment Readiness Tool) will help you see it clearly...


Conference Opening Session Live Stream and Discussion Guide

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Even if you aren’t able to come to Conference in Seattle, be sure to save this date: Wednesday, June 4, 3:45pm PST (6:45pm EST). We’ll be live streaming the opening session—featuring a keynote address from flutist Claire Chase and performances by cellist Joshua Roman and composer/DJ Gabriel Prokofiev...


Grant applications now open for Performing Ensembles Program

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The grant cycle for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music is now open, with a deadline of June 30, 2014. The Copland Fund’s Performing Ensembles Program supports performing organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music.... 


Hitting the Right Notes: Capital Campaign Trends and Fundamentals for Success

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Capital campaigns are an important part of the fundraising cycle for any orchestra, large or small. While many of the tried and true principles of effective campaign fundraising remain the same, changing demographics and global and industry trends have…


Conference = Business Partners

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Remember part of the benefit of attending Conference is you can meet with over 60 different exhibiting companies – who cover everything you need for the perfect performance. From ticketing to artist managers, acousticians to music publishers, you can get your questions answered in Seattle....


Deadline Approaching: Carnets Play the World Scholarship for Conference

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Corporation for International Business, a League business partner, is still accepting applications for its Play the World Scholarship Program. Executive directors, general managers, and operations managers are eligible to receive $500-$600 scholarships to assist recipients with the costs of attending the League's 2014 Conference....


Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

What is governance? What is the role of the board? What is expected of board members? And how does an effective board operate? Board Fundamentals, a BoardSource eBook, answers these questions and more....


Tap into Your Inner Futurist

Friday, 16 May 2014

Join professional futurist Garry Golden for the Pre-Conference seminar Tapping Your Inner Futurist and imagine how your organization can evolve and grow based on emerging trends in the environment. Participants who enroll in this seminar also have the opportunity to become part of an ongoing workgroup....


Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs

Thursday, 15 May 2014

It might be tomorrow; it might be 10 years from now. But someday, your chief executive is going to leave your organization. Is there a well-thought-out plan in place?...


The Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

At the League’s Diversity & Inclusion Resource Center, you will find hundreds of free resources that will aid you and your orchestra in this important area....


Reminder: League Salary Survey

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to fill out the League’s annual Salary Survey for 2013-14. The deadline for participation is May 16, 2014. If you participated in last year’s survey, you should have received your username and password via email. If you did not participate last year, but would like to do so this year, please contact ...


Board of Directors Self-Assessment Tool

Monday, 12 May 2014

The Board Self-Assessment Tool is newly updated! Now it’s even easier to address the issues that are unique to your orchestra board. This online, confidential survey is a customized questionnaire that provides important insight to your board, specifically: …


Sign up for free consultations at Conference!

Thursday, 08 May 2014

Don’t forget to sign up for free consultations at Conference in Seattle with specialists from the National Endowment for the Arts, CCS, and EarShot. For more details or to reserve your spot, visit


Rates Go Up Next Week—Book Your Hotel Room Today!

Wednesday, 07 May 2014

Most Conference activities will be held at the Westin Seattle, so book your room now to ensure you are in the center of all the action. Rooms can be reserved at a rate of $199 per night + tax....


Orchestras Support In-School Music Education

Monday, 05 May 2014

Join the national effort and commit to local action!

In a 2005 League survey of orchestras, the presence of music education in the schools ranked as a top national priority. As civic-minded…


Building Public Support: A ToolKit for Orchestras

Friday, 02 May 2014

The stakes have never been higher for America’s nonprofit orchestras to effectively convey how they are serving their communities. Today’s philanthropic and public decision-makers want to see and understand how orchestras are meeting the needs of their local communities and their citizens from all walks of life....


Volunteer Fundraising Webinar

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

This webinar covers the fundamentals of fundraising for symphony volunteer organizations regardless of budget size....


Moves Management and Developing your Major Donor Pipeline

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Moves Management isn’t just about portfolios, coding, and moves. It is a comprehensive approach for your development operation that will bring major gift prospects closer to your orchestra through a series of strategic steps....


Featured Resource: Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for Arts Organizations

Monday, 28 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

This webinar is designed for executive directors and other senior staff and will examine how partnerships, alliances, and mergers can be positive, strategic decisions for organizations with…


Conference Rates Go Up Beginning Tomorrow!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Don’t delay—register for the League’s National Conference in Seattle now, before the rates go up by $50 at the end of the day today....


Featured Resource: Sound Financial Planning

Thursday, 24 April 2014

This timely, practical webinar will provide participants with tips and tools to lead their organizations during challenging times and beyond. The Nonprofit Finance Fund will offer guidance to enhance staff’s understanding of the interplay...


Introducing the Creative Community Fellows Program

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

National Arts Strategies is introducing a new program for young cultural entrepreneurs: the Creative Community Fellows program. National Arts Strategies is looking for 50 exceptional individuals whose work sits squarely at the intersection of culture and community....


Conference Rates Go Up on Friday!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Don’t delay—register for Conference now, before the rates go up by $50 on Friday, April 25. We know you can use that $50 for a million other things—tickets to the Seattle Symphony, dinner with your colleagues, or Seattle Mariners caps for the kids, just to name a few....


Featured Resource: Facility Projects: Planning, Funding and Financing Strategies

Monday, 21 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

This three-part webinar will demystify the various fundraising and financing strategies available to pay for a facility project. Study the impact acquisition…


SymphonyOnline, Spring Issue Now Available

Friday, 18 April 2014

Read the latest issue of Symphony now! Find out how electric guitars are helping orchestras rock, what lessons have been learned from the Spring for Music experiment, and get the inside scoop on the ongoing love affair between orchestras and libraries...


Free, Live Webinar: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising—A Staff’s Guide

Thursday, 17 April 2014

May 21, 2014 from 12 to 1pm EST

Board participation in fundraising is a perennial struggle for many nonprofit organizations. The “Engaging Your Board in Fundraising” webinar approaches the issue by asking, What is keeping the staff from being more successful in engaging the board in fundraising?...


Featured Resource: Endowments & Capitalization for Orchestras

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

In this webinar, learn about traditional endowments and cash reserves, including benefits, tradeoffs, and capitalization planning....


League Salary Survey

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

We are pleased to announce that the League’s annual Salary Survey is open for 2013-14 and can be found here. If you participated in last year’s survey, you should have received your username and password via email. ...


Featured Resource: Developing a Useful Financial Model

Monday, 14 April 2014

In the “Developing a Useful Financial Model” webinar, learn how to assemble the financial picture of your orchestra and present the information in a total of three concise pages. This model offers flexibility as well as expense/revenue detail that is helpful to all budget…


Featured Resource: Critical Elements in Nonprofit Financial Statements

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Developed in association with the Nonprofit Finance Fund

This webinar is designed to increase the comfort of nonprofit managers and board members in reading and interpreting financial statements....


Check This Out!

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Calling for Submissions to Present at Conference as part of the Check This Out! Sessions

Every year, you are leading your organization in new directions, testing out new ideas, business models, audience initiatives, artistic projects, and more. What did you try this year? We want to hear from you!


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