Electives

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Belief and Confidence: Creating an Environment in which Philanthropic Partnership Thrives

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 26C

Everyone—including board members, staff, musicians, and volunteers—has an important role to play in building and sustaining a strong philanthropic culture throughout an organization. Engaging all stakeholders in this process is critical in building the belief and confidence necessary for productive philanthropic partnerships. Leaders from various orchestras will share their strategies and successes in developing long-term, effective fundraising efforts.

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Building Bigger Pops Audiences

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 26A

Orchestras are challenged to align pops programming with rapidly changing tastes. Yet some orchestras are finding success with new formats, new genres, and innovative presentation elements. These approaches have been successful in growing the pops audience. Join our panel of artistic planners to discuss what can make a successful pops season.

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Developing and Sustaining High Impact Community Engagement Programs

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 25C

Music can serve as a powerful tool for addressing civic priorities. Yet effective community engagement practice requires orchestras to work in new ways—as artistic collaborators and facilitators of community creativity—and on long time horizons. This is true whether your orchestra is working with public schools, healthcare providers, community development corporations, tribal councils, or other agencies. When done right, these types of projects can enhance an orchestra’s artistic vibrancy, powerfully demonstrate relevance, and even unlock new streams of funding.

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Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Talent

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 12

Recruitment, development, and retention of talented personnel—from trustees to executive and artistic directors to staff and volunteers—are key determinants of organizational success. Yet orchestras devote few resources to talent development, and many underestimate the costs of turnover. Discover strategies your orchestra can employ to improve its performance by developing and keeping good people.

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The Music Paradigm: Demonstrating Relevance and Building Audience Through the Power of Music and Metaphor

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 24

During his years as music director of the Jacksonville and Stamford symphonies, Roger Nierenberg realized that many important community leaders didn’t feel connected to symphonic music. He created The Music Paradigm to illuminate the music and demonstrate its relevance in all corners of the community. The Music Paradigm is now presented worldwide, using music of the great masters to provide organizations—from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies—with fresh insights about driving superior performance, aligning the workforce, and inspiring innovation […]

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The Subscription Model: Dead or Alive?

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 26B

Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm and the League have partnered to conduct a nationwide study of the subscription model using data provided by member orchestras. They will present their findings on revenue and sales trends, patterns of patron engagement, and the benefits patrons value most. Come hear what they have discovered and their recommendations for innovative models to increase patron acquisition, retention and engagement.

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Unleashing the Power of Collaboration (VIDEO)

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 25AB

Teams in which all members strive toward a common goal are more successful. To that end, a number of orchestras are focusing on motivating musicians, artistic directors, staff, trustees, and volunteers to work together on an ongoing basis to secure their collective futures. Come hear from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra about what they have achieved thus far.

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Better Together: Lessons in Loyalty, Collaboration, and Community from Philadelphia

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:15 pm

ROOM 12

You may know the buying and donating patterns for your own audience. But do you know how they engage with the other arts organizations in your community? The extent to which you’re in competition with those organizations? The extent to which you could benefit by collaborating with them? Seventeen arts and cultural institutions in the Philadelphia area set out to find the answers to those very questions […]

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Creating a Dream Board

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:15 pm

ROOM 26C

Want to know how to recruit amazing leaders, retire others with grace, and get everyone on your board operating at a higher level? Join us to garner concrete tips for identifying, orienting, and sustaining extraordinary trustees. Count on specific help with diversifying your board and recruiting people in communities with limited resources.

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Diversity Progress Report: Learn from Your Peers

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:15 pm

ROOM 26A

The League’s Diversity Work Group has been studying the factors that contribute to low diversity within American orchestras and developing strategies, tactics, and tools that orchestras can employ—independently and collectively—to begin to move the dial. Come hear what they are learning about how our field can move towards greater diversity.

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Driving Growth through Digital Innovation

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:15 pm

ROOM 25AB

Around the world, cultural institutions are forging bold new paths in digital culture. Among the results are larger and often younger audiences, deeper audience engagement, new community relationships, new revenue, renewed program vitality, and landmark artistic projects. Join us as we unpack findings from a new study, Like, Link, Share: How Cultural Institutions are Embracing Digital Technology, which includes research on such organizations at the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Lessons learned are relevant to orchestras of every size.

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Evaluating Impact

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:30 pm

ROOM 25C

Sustaining and scaling community engagement and education programs supported by foundation and government funders requires not just delivering service but assessing outcomes. To do so well, data collection, evaluation, and reporting processes must be built into your programs from the beginning. In this session, we’ll explore what these activities require in terms of time, money, and expertise; how to integrate them into busy schedules and tight budgets; and why they are worth the investment. We’ll also identify where to turn for guidance and support.

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New Music for New Audiences: Connecting Ideas with Communities

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:15 pm

ROOM 26B

Living composers can take us anywhere with their music. Giving voice to their visions on our stages is essential to the continued vitality of the art form. And, the creation and presentation of new music provides orchestras with authentic avenues for reaching new audiences and connecting with community. A panel of distinguished composers and administrators reflect on important aesthetic developments in American composition and how new work is playing an integral role in developing new audiences.

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Project Implementation as a Process for Learning and Improvement

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 am 12:15 pm

ROOM 24

Across the country, participants in the League’s Emerging Leaders Program are spearheading innovative and multifaceted projects on behalf of their orchestras. By employing tools like reflective practice and action learning, they are “learning through doing,” improving their own effectiveness, as well as the effectiveness of their teams. Come hear what they’re discovering about improving performance by harnessing learning during project implementation

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Check This Out: Innovations from Across the Field

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 25AB

Come hear snapshot presentations on innovative projects that you may replicate or adapt for your organization. This session will introduce you to work across multiple strands of orchestral endeavors, from audience building and artistic projects, to development and marketing, education and community engagement, and technology.

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How Well Financed is Your Orchestra?

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 24

Orchestras that are properly capitalized have the cash to do what they want to do when they want to do it. This session, led by Susan Nelson of TDC, will help you know where you stand; recognize whether you are undercapitalized or have a business model problem; conduct an honest appraisal of your bottom line; and understand your orchestra’s financial challenges more fully.

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Making Music that Matters

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 26B

The creation and presentation of great music is central to orchestras’ work. We are driven to share this music with others because we have experienced its transformative power. Yet to many Americans, our music seems irrelevant. Can the artistic choices we make—about what music to create and perform, when and where to play, and for and with whom—change their minds? Across the country […]

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The Public Benefits and Value of Arts & Culture

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 25C

In 2014, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Northeastern Ohio’s public arts agency, commissioned a study of the public benefits of arts and culture. Public funding for the arts depends on a broad recognition of a positive return on public investment. Not surprisingly, the research found that the arts and culture do generate substantial public benefits. It also found, though, that public value is […]

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The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Audiences

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 26C

Recent research from The Wallace Foundation describes nine actions that arts organizations can take to successfully engage and grow audiences. Join us as we unpack these practices and explore case studies of orchestras and other cultural organizations that are attracting growing numbers of young adults, Latinos, and other key audience segments.

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Understanding Funders: More than Just Money

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am

ROOM 26A

A number of funders—major stakeholders in our field—have developed considerable expertise related to the challenges orchestras face. What have these funders learned over many years of supporting our work that could be helpful to us? What strategies are they most likely to invest in going forward? And what factors influence their decision making?

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