Orchestras in Advocacy

Orchestras Support In-School Music Education
The statement of common cause, Orchestras Support In-School Music Education, was drafted with input from more than 50 orchestras and reflects a collective opportunity for all orchestras to take individual, community-specific action to improve access to music education in schools nationwide. The League is encouraging all adult and youth orchestras to endorse this statement of common cause, take action in their own communities, and share information about their advocacy experiences.

“Music Education for All Students”
The Fall 2016 issue of Symphony includes a feature on the Every Student Succeeds Act and the role of orchestras in advocating for a complete education that includes music for all students. The article highlights the work of several orchestras, includes insight from policy leaders, and identifies local action steps for orchestras.

Playing Your Part: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy
The most important education policy decisions are made at the local level, in your community, and by your state legislators. The best advocate for the arts is not the full-time lobbyist in Washington or the state capitol - it's you: the orchestra volunteer, the trustee, the musician, the staff member, the audience. Through the guide Playing Your Part, the League offers simple, easy-to-read advice on how to get engaged in the policy process and build successful relationships with policymakers.

Orchestra Facts
For a quick guide to frequently-asked questions about America's orchestras, download our Orchestras at a Glance. For a more in-depth look, register to download Orchestra Facts: 2006-2014 – the first in what will become a regularly published and publicly available series of longitudinal reports commissioned by the League of American Orchestras. Lastly, the 2017 League study, Of and for the Community, yields many helpful key findings among its detailed report on the scope and scale of orchestras’ education and community engagement work over a five year period.

"Enough" is Not Enough
This article by Jesse Rosen and Heather Noonan is excerpted from the Fall 2012 issue of SYMPHONY magazine. “’Enough’ is Not Enough” addresses the disparity that persists in our nation’s schools when it comes to the availability of a complete arts education for all students; the students who have the most to gain from an arts education have the least access to arts learning. The article urges orchestras to get involved

Rally The Troops
This article by Karin Brookes is excerpted from the July/August 2005 issue of SYMPHONY magazine. "Rally the Troops" describes how orchestras can get involved in music education advocacy at the local level, provides tips for coalition-building, and includes further links to online advocacy resources.