On March 29, League President & CEO Jesse Rosen spoke to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body for the National Endowment for the Arts. Before an audience that included Council members, NEA program directors, Congressional staff, and leaders of national arts service organizations, Rosen described the breadth and depth of orchestras' actions to fully engage with their communities, drew on examples of work underway by orchestras across the nation, and highlighted results from the League's research reports. The full webcast of the meeting is available online, and Rosen's presentation begins at the one hour, 32 minute mark.
Read Jesse Rosen's speech on diversity in American Orchestras at the recent conference of the Association of British Orchestras
Read a transcript of "The Richness of Difference," Jesse Rosen's remarks at the Opening Plenary of the League of American Orchestra's 71st National Conference, Baltimore, MD, July 9-11, 2016 and watch the video here.
Jesse Rosen was interviewed on WWFM’s “A Tempo” about the League’s 71st National Conference and its focus on diversity
Listen to an interview with Jesse Rosen on the National Center for Arts Research website about the subscription model.
Jesse Rosen was a panelist at “What’s Next for Classical Music?,” a symposium hosted by Baltimore’s Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Watch here.
Jesse Rosen spoke on NPR's Marketplace, public radio's program on business and the economy, about the challenges facing orchestras in today's economic climate. Hear the full interview!
In London at the recent Association of British Orchestras Convention, Jesse Rosen introduced a panel titled New Directions for Orchestras: The USA – What’s Going On? His speech gave a wide-ranging view of the state of the orchestra field. Read the speech here.
Jesse Rosen was named one of 2013's 50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts! Read about Jesse and some of the other leaders who are making an impact in the arts.
- The New Work of Orchestras
- What's Next for Classical Music?
- It's About Time
- Imagining 2023
- Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk
- Red Alert!
A feeling of possibility and promise is weaving its way into the fabric of the field. Innovation and experimentation have become the norm, not the exception, for orchestras. Imagining 2023 looks at the next ten years and what's possible—for you and your orchestra. Keynote address at the League's 2013 National Conference. Read the transcript of this speech.
League President and CEO Jesse Rosen shares some of the ways orchestras are realigning their strategy to meet community needs and reach out to a diverse and changing population. Presented at the League's 2012 National Conference. Read the transcript of this speech.
The warning signals have been there for years: persistent deficits, less-than-packed houses, concerned patrons and funders questioning continued support, communities in transition asking more of us than we ably deliver, and too many concerts amidst changing and shrinking demand.
Despite great sacrifices from musicians and staffs and stepped up giving from boards and volunteers, too many orchestras --not all, for sure--but far too many, are in critical condition. We can and must act -- first, by speaking openly and frankly about our challenges, and next by looking deeply at how we operate. Presented at the League's 2011 National Conference. Read the transcript of this speech.