Volunteers are an important resource to the orchestra community. The League thanks them for supporting orchestras everywhere. See below, and in the left hand menu, for all the resources the League has to offer.

Fundraising Fundamentals: An Introduction to Grassroots Fundraising

League of American Orchestras’ Volunteer Council members, Margarita Contreni and Elaine Cousins, conduct this latest installment of the Volunteer Council’s webinar series. In this webinar they will focus on the fundamentals of fundraising, and the elements required to succeed in fundraising for your home orchestra.

Watch it now!

Goldbook Project of the Month: The Run for Music

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, this professionally managed 10k race is staged from Artis-Naples’ campus in beautiful Pelican Bay. As the race starts on a crisp Saturday morning, 1,000 runners/walkers are treated to the national anthem played by an enthusiastic collection of Naples Philharmonic musicians. Then, all along the 6.1 mile course, race participants hear motivating music played by casually dressed Phil musicians, situated along the center median of Pelican Bay Boulevard.

This event is successful for several reasons:

  1. Running is at an all-time high in the USA, and is enjoyed by all ages.
  2. This event puts the orchestra musicians “up close and personal” with the public … no tuxedos allowed!
  3. Sponsors are given great exposure to a sizable audience through logo’d race tee shirts, race day banners, orchestra and running club websites, and local media coverage.
  4. Race participants pay an entry or registration fee of $20-$35, depending upon when they sign-up for the race; 500 runners X $30 equals $15,000!
  5. The race is an opportunity to partner with another organization in the community. Aligning with a local running club is recommended. Teaming up with a local high school running program is another option.

For questions, contact Mitch Norgart, Vice President of the Naples Philharmonic League at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 239 404 7007.

For more information on this Gold Book Award winning project, please visit 10K Run for Music on the Gold Book site. For other project ideas visit Gold Book and search for projects of interest to you. Gold Book is a resource for successful projects dating back to 2005, and facilitates easy networking and information sharing organizations.

Volunteer Council

The Volunteer Council and the League of American Orchestras provide leadership skills and assistance to orchestra volunteers through ongoing education and communication.

The Council works as your link to the League, by informing the League of critical volunteer issues and delivering the most pertinent learning and leadership development to your volunteer association.

The Volunteer Council is celebrating 50 years of serving America's orchestras! See the video for some of the highlights of the past 50 years.

The League recognizes and thanks the Volunteer Council and Sustainers for their longtime support of the Annual Fund, Campaign, and National Conference, and in particular for their countless hours providing assistance to volunteers in the field.

League Resources and Programs

League Publications

Other Resources

  • Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers
    The Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers (AMSOV) is a networking and support organization for volunteer leaders of major symphony orchestras with top tier budgets in the United States and Canada