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Act Now to Support NEA Funding!

July 19, 2013

Washington, D.C. - The House Interior subcommittee, will meet on Tuesday, July 23 to set the FY14 funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We’re asking orchestras in the districts of all full Appropriations committee members to contact their elected official in support of NEA funding. The budget climate is particularly intense this year, as the Interior committee has 18% fewer funds to distribute to programs than in the last fiscal year.

Please call, fax, or use our e-advocacy tool to reach your member of Congress and convey how critical NEA support is in your community. NEA direct grants to arts organizations and NEA support to state arts agencies increase the capacity of orchestras to provide public access to performances, preserve great classical works, support arts education for children and adults, and nurture the creative endeavors of contemporary classical musicians, composers, and conductors.

Please keep the League informed of any responses you might hear, and thank you for your ongoing advocacy!

Contact Your Representative Today!

Charitable Giving, Sequestration, and Instrument Passport Proposal

March 12, 2013

League Testimony Supports Charitable Giving Incentives
Incentives for charitable giving remain on the table as Congress and the White House debate budgetary and tax policy issues. The House Ways & Means committee is in the midst of a fact-finding and public engagement process to inform comprehensive tax reform, and hosted a February 14 hearing exploring possible changes to the tax deduction for charitable giving. Under discussion are a wide array of proposals, some to expand tax deductions and others to curtail them, and while members of the committee offered many statements in support of the charitable sector, several members posed questions as to whether nonprofits are sufficiently focused on serving urgent community needs. The League has submitted testimony to the committee urging protection and expansion of charitable giving incentives and illustrating the public value orchestras contribute in partnership with other community-based nonprofit organizations. With the House, Senate, and President all weighing options for tax reform, this area is certain to be one of ongoing debate throughout the coming months, and is a priority policy area for orchestras and our national partners in the broader nonprofit sector.

Sequestration and the Arts
What do the messy debates in Washington over spending limits and across-the-board 5% cuts to domestic spending mean for your orchestra? 

o    If your orchestra is an NEA grant applicant, please stay tuned for further details. There is one more major round of NEA grant announcements anticipated this coming spring, and the agency is required to make reductions in core grant-making funds as a result of the sequester. The 5% cut to the NEA’s overall FY13 budget also means advocacy to protect and restore funding in the next budget year – FY14 – is particularly important.

o    If your orchestra engages international artists – as ever, start the visa process as early as possible to brace for any staffing impact that might be felt in visa processing centers here in the U.S. and at consulates abroad. Remember to consult www.artistsfromabroad.org and League staff for any help you might need with the visa process.

o    If your orchestra partners with public schools, be aware that the cut to domestic spending will impact the federal resources that flow to support public education programs and can also impact direct funding of the Arts in Education program of the U.S. Department of Education. Strengthen your orchestra’s local, community-based advocacy efforts to seek greater access to arts education in public schools.

Instrument Passport Under Consideration
Important news for orchestras and individual musicians touring internationally! Musicians carrying instruments with endangered species materials (such as ivory, tortoise, and rosewood) require special permits in order to cross borders in compliance with international and domestic rules. Note that this permitting process is separate from the duty requirements and carnet process familiar to most musicians. This week, the U.S. is proposing an instrument passport concept for consideration by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which may streamline the process for complying with certain international permit requirements. The League, in partnership with the American Federation of Musicians and The Recording Academy, has been in communication with U.S. Fish and Wildlife as it pursues an initial international discussion of the passport proposal. The current rules for obtaining permits are quite complicated, as there are layers of CITES requirements, plus each country's own domestic rules - and there is not a central resource for understanding what is required when traveling to multiple countries. While a streamlined process and the expressed interest in facilitating international travel with instruments is welcomed, the League, together with our national partners, is asking the U.S. and its international counterparts to ensure that any new approach takes into consideration the practical issues of cost and time involved with obtaining permits. The current CITES meeting concludes on March 15. Whether the passport concept is formally adopted, recommended for further consideration, or tabled, the League will stay in close contact with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to seek clear guidance on how musicians can comply with permit requirements. Please stay tuned!

Show Your Value
Invite your member of Congress and their staff to see your orchestra in action. Congress will take a break from D.C. and return to their home districts March 23 through April 7. These are perfect times to schedule a meeting with your Representative and/or to extend an invitation for them to see how your orchestra serves your community.

Protecting Wireless Microphone Use in Future Spectrum Auction

January 30, 2013

In the past two years, wireless microphones have been moved around the broadcast spectrum to make room for new electronic devices entering the market place – causing confusion and new equipment costs.  This month, the League has joined other national performing arts groups urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect the use of wireless microphones as a new broadcast spectrum auction takes place and the airwaves are once again re-organized.  As a member of the Performing Arts Wireless Microphone Working Group, the League has submitted comments to the FCC urging protections to ensure that performing arts organizations may continue to use wireless microphones without interference and additional burdensome equipment costs.

The comments urge the FCC to provide adequate interference protection for the full range of performing arts microphone users.  We ask the FCC to expand the eligibility of organizations to obtain Part 74, Subpart H licensing, which would enable large venues that exceed the capacity of two safe-haven channels for wireless microphone use to find relief through a geo-location database without the customary 30 day waiting period. For small and mid-sized performing arts organizations, the working group emphasizes the need for the FCC to continue reserving two safe-haven channels to provide sufficient interference protection. The written comments also point out the high cost of transition already borne by the performing arts sector in the last required move– a cost the sector can ill-afford when the FCC inevitably directs wireless microphone users to move again.  To that end, the working group proposes that the costs of moving be shared by those entities moving into spectrum currently being used by performing arts wireless microphone users. Finally, the working group requests that the FCC provide reasonable time for transition once digital sound equipment is deemed ready for professional use and also to provide reliable guidance for wireless microphone purchasers, such as an easily accessible link to database searches that will show safe-haven and other available channels for specific locations. Read the complete comments, and contact the League’s Washington, D.C. office with any questions.

IRA Charitable Rollover Returns!

January 4, 2013

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision was reinstated for 2012 and 2013 in the tax deal signed into law this week. The IRA Rollover provision has proven to generate new and increased charitable donations for orchestras in the years it has been available. In the course of its history, the IRA Rollover has expired and been renewed several times, leaving many donors confused about the status. Here are the facts:

The IRA Rollover expired at the end of 2011, but is now retroactively reinstated for 2012. If any donors aged 70 ½ and older had instructed their IRA administrators to make a distribution of up to $100,000 directly to a charity during 2012, that distribution will not be treated as taxable income for 2012. However, Congress recognized that few donors would have done this, since the provision had not yet been reinstated. So, the law now includes two additional opportunities for individuals to take advantage of the IRA Rollover incentive for the 2012 tax year:

  • IRA Rollover gifts made through January 31, 2013 may count as 2012 contributions.
  • Qualifying personal IRA distributions taken by individuals in the month of December 2012 can be counted as a "charitable rollover" if contributed to a charity as cash by January 31, 2013. Since many IRA owners take their mandatory distribution at the end of the year, this is an opportunity to transfer that distribution to a charity without treating it as taxable income.

The IRA Charitable Rollover Provision is reinstated for 2013. This means that donors aged 70 ½ and older can instruct their IRA administrators to make tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 directly from their IRAs to charitable organizations through December 31, 2013.

It is always wise to advise donors to contact their IRA administrator and/or tax advisors for more detail as you inform them that this important charitable giving incentive is once again available.

Next Steps: The League, in partnership with you, will continue to advocate to Congress for the IRA Rollover to be made permanent. In the meantime, please feel welcome to contact Heather Noonan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Najean Lee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with questions, or examples of how the IRA Rollover has benefitted the work of your orchestra.

Tell Washington to Protect the Charitable Deduction in Fiscal Cliff Deal!

December 18, 2012

Washington, D.C. - Your voice is needed urgently! There are reports that the latest negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker Boehner to avoid the “fiscal cliff” continue to include limits to the tax deductibility of charitable giving. Nonprofit organizations are mobilizing nationwide to voice their opposition to any limits imposed onto the charitable deduction.

Call the White House (202-456-1111) and the Speaker (202-225-0600) RIGHT NOW and give the operator this message:

  • Limiting the charitable deduction limits the work of nonprofits serving community needs. Don’t hurt those who truly benefit – the people who rely on their local nonprofit organizations. Don’t limit charitable giving incentives!  
  • Give your name, city, and state, and tell what charitable giving means to the work that your orchestra does.

Orchestras have sent more than 3,000 communications to the Hill, urging Congress to protect the charitable deduction.  You can continue to weigh in with your Representative and Senators with our ready-to-use online advocacy campaign. Simply personalize the letter with a few details about your orchestra and emails will be sent to all three of your elected officials at once.

Please spread the word and tell your colleagues, friends, and family who care about the work and services nonprofit organizations provide. The White House phone line is open from 9am to 5pm Eastern.

FY13 Art Works (Part 1)

Grants to Orchestras

Announced November 27, 2012

Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra, $20,000
To support Sound Investment, a residency and commissioning project. Plans include two week-long visits by composer Judd Greenstein, master classes for university music students, open rehearsals for school students, a lecture program for adults, and the commissioning and performance of a new work by Greenstein.

Albany Symphony Orchestra (NY), $20,000
To support the American Music Festival: Indigenous Americana. The five-day festival focusing on indigenous arts, folk culture, and roots movements in North America will include a concert featuring recent works; an "Urban Poetry" concert featuring the orchestra's new music ensemble, Dogs of Desire; a "Shaker Heritage" concert of commissions; a roots music performance by the festival's resident performing ensemble, Time for Three; and related educational activities.

American Composers Orchestra, $25,000
To support the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute. In partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York and the University of California, Los Angeles's Herb Alpert School of Music, the institute's New Music Readings will allow up to 20 jazz composers to create up to 20 works for reading-performances by the ACO in New York City, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), and the Stockton Symphony and the La Jolla Symphony (CA).

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $35,000
To support the Atlanta School of Composers Commissions, a commissioning and performance project of new works. Jazz pianist and composer Marcus Roberts and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist Michael Kurth will premiere their new works conducted by Music Director Robert Spano on a concert program that will include Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances and Christopher Theofanidis's Rainbow Body.

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, $10,000
To support Women of Note: A Celebration of Women Composers, a concert and radio broadcast. The project will showcase emerging women soloists, including African American flutist Julietta Curenton and Korean American violinist Kristin Lee, and will feature a work by Florence Price along with works by living women composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Tania Leon, and Melinda Wagner.

Boston Baroque, $15,000
To support performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 on period instruments with related educational activities. In celebration of the 40th anniversary season, plans include two first-time Boston Baroque performances of Beethoven's last symphony in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, a free concert at the Strand Theatre, pre-concert lectures, school workshops, and a free open dress rehearsal.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, $65,000
To support concerts of works by living composers with related educational activities. Plans include world premiere performances of Augusta Read Thomas's Cello Concerto No.3 with soloist Lynn Harrell and the symphony orchestra's first performances of two works by Oliver Knussen: Violin Concerto, Op. 30 and Whitman Settings for soprano and orchestra with the composer conducting.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, $60,000
To support the Intensive Community Program, a string instrument program. Targeting inner-city youth, the program offers a two-week summer music workshop, followed by weekly music lessons, ensemble classes, and performance opportunities during the school year.

Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, $25,000
To support the Bedford-Stuyvesant Music Series. Plans include a concert featuring orchestral arrangements of NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston's music, the commissioning and premiere of a new work by composer Ted Hearne titled But I Voted for Shirley Chisholm, a chamber concert at the Brooklyn Public Library, a family workshop, and in-school music education residencies.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, $15,000
To support The Underground Railroad: An Evening of Spirituals with Kathleen Battle with related educational activities. The program, conducted by former assistant conductor Michael Morgan, will feature a local choir and dramatic readings of the words of Frederick Douglass. The event will mark important anniversaries including the founding of American Anti-Slavery Society and Abolitionist Movement (1833), the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), and the passing of Harriet Tubman (1913).

Chicago Sinfonietta, $12,000
To support the commissioning and performance of a new work by multiple composers using Chicago architecture as inspiration with related educational activities. Curated by composer Jennifer Higdon, the commissioned work, ChiScapes, will comprise four movements each by a different young composer (Armando Bayolo, Vivian Fung, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Chris Rogerson), each celebrating a different building in Chicago.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $80,000
To support Rivers - Nature, Power, Culture. The three-week festival under the artistic direction of Music Director Riccardo Muti is the culmination of a season-long exploration of the power and role of rivers in ancient and modern civilizations. The festival will include performances of Mississippi River by Florence Price, a new work by Orbert Davis performed by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and works by Toru Takemitsu and composer-in-residence Mason Bates, as well as symposia and lectures.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, $50,000
To support training and stipends for pre-professional musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Culminating in four full orchestra concerts, the musical training will include rehearsals, performances, and community engagement activities under the direction of conductor Cliff Colnot, guest conductors, and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Cleveland Orchestra, $50,000
To support the world premiere performances by The Cleveland Orchestra and music director Franz Welser-Most of a newly-commissioned orchestral work by composer Sean Shepherd. The project will include pre-concert lectures, composition seminars, school visits, and master classes with the award-winning composer, who will be completing a two-year residency with the orchestra as its Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $25,000
To support the commissioning, premiere, and broadcast of a new work by 17-year-old composer Conrad Tao in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy with related educational activities. Plans include four performances of the work, master classes by the composer with high school students, a radio broadcast, and collaborative events with the Sixth Floor Museum, the Mayor's Office, and the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $75,000
To support performances of a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies and related educational activities. Conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, all nine Beethoven symphonies plus the three Leonore Overtures, the Fidelio Overture, and Creatures of Prometheus will be performed over a three-week period.

El Paso Symphony Orchestra, $27,000
To support the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras program. Students advance their musical skills in lessons and participation in small group ensembles based on age including The El Paso Youth Orchestra, the El Paso Symphony Youth String Ensembles, the El Paso Youth Symphonic, and the El Paso Youth String Philharmonic.

Heart of Los Angeles Youth (HOLA), $50,000
To support the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at Heart of Los Angeles (YOLA at HOLA), an after-school music program for students. Professional artists will lead students in ensemble and orchestra rehearsals, musicianship and singing classes. Also, students are supported by daily academic tutoring.

Houston Symphony, $35,000
To support concert presentations and a radio broadcast of composer Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck. With baritone Roman Trekel in the title role, the performances will be conducted by Music Director Hans Graf and will use unusual orchestra placement, movement, supertitles and dramatic lighting.

Kansas City Symphony (MO), $17,500
To support the premiere performance of a new work by composer-in-residence Adam Schoenberg with related educational activities. Paying homage to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, the new work will be created using as inspiration works of art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, $16,000
To support a residency by the chamber sextet Eighth Blackbird. Culminating in a performance of composer Jennifer Higdon's concerto for sextet, On a Wire, the three-day residency will feature the ensemble in a Kicked Back Classics Concert of chamber music, a pre-concert Inside the Score lecture, open rehearsals for middle and high school students, school concerts, and a new music reading session for high school and college students and amateur musicians.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, $25,000
To support In Residence/On the Road, a residency and commissioning project. Plans include a three-week residency by composer Andrew Norman, workshops in local schools, pre-concert discussions, a commission for a new work, performances in Los Angeles and at the newly opened Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, and a radio broadcast.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, $100,000
To support a staged version of composer John Adams's oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary directed by Peter Sellars with related educational activities. Created as a companion piece to El Nino from 2000, the new work will explore the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus's Passion in combination with the poetry of Rosario Castellanos and Louise Erdrich.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, $20,000
To support Envisioning Louisiana: Viewing the Natural Environment through Music, a performance and education project. Plans include a free concert of music that will explore how composers have envisioned Louisiana's natural environment, a composer competition, chamber performances, a symposium and art exhibition in collaboration with the Historic New Orleans Collection, and educational materials on CD and DVD.

Minnesota Sinfonia, $10,000
To support orchestral concerts. Free concerts featuring works by living composers including Randall Davidson, Rhonda Larson, Sara Miller, Paul Schulz, and Ted Unseth as well as works in the standard orchestral repertoire are planned in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

National Symphony Orchestra, $50,000
To support the NSO In Your Neighborhood: Howard University/Shaw/U Street project. The orchestra will participate in a week-long residency, which will include two full-orchestra concerts, one led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and the other by NSO Pops principal conductor Steven Reineke; small ensemble concerts; and education and outreach activities in community venues of the Shaw neighborhood of DC.

New World Symphony, $50,000
To support the Musician Professional Development Program. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program will utilize performances, coaching, and community outreach activities to prepare young artists for musical leadership positions in the orchestral field.

New York Youth Symphony, $20,000
To support the Growing Music initiative. The youth orchestra musicians will participate in composition workshops, score reading, orchestration, as well as public performances of student compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Queens College.

Oakland East Bay Symphony, $20,000
To support a concert of works by American composers performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony with related educational activities including an open dress rehearsal for middle and high school students. Works will include A Woman's Life Song Cycle by Richard Danielpour with text by poet Maya Angelou and featuring soprano Angela Brown; Symphony No. 3 by Florence Price; and Come Sunday by Duke Ellington.

Oakland Youth Orchestra, $15,000
To support a residency and commission by composer Jack Perla performed by the Oakland Youth Orchestra (OYO). Preceded by school visits by the composer and Music Director Michael Morgan, the premiere will be free to the public and include student performers in grades three through five of the Oakland Unified School District performing side-by-side with OYO players.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, $12,500
To support the concert presentation of Handel's opera Teseo. Under the direction of Music Director Nicholas McGegan, the project will include guest artists sopranos Dominique Labelle, Amanda Forsythe, Amy Freston, and Celine Ricci, and countertenors Robin Blaze and Drew Minter.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $60,000
To support the Composer of the Year project, an artist residency with composer Mason Bates. The orchestra will perform the composer's The B-Sides with principal guest conductor Leonard Slatkin and Desert Transport, a work inspired by a helicopter flight over the Arizona landscape, to be conducted by Juanjo Mena.

Post-Classical Ensemble, $30,000
To support Dvorák and America, a week-long festival of performances and related activities. Performances conducted by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordoñez will include the world premiere of a "Hiawatha Melodrama" by author Michael Beckerman and artistic director Joseph Horowitz that will be recorded by Naxos; as well as scripted, interdisciplinary presentations of readings and connecting commentary developed by Horowitz, bringing to life the composer's work and his time and place.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, $10,000
To support the commissioning and performance of a new work for chamber orchestra and cello by composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Featuring cellist Joshua Roman and Music Director Dr. Timothy Russell, the project will include open rehearsals for older adults, post-concert discussions with the composer, and a master class for local conservatory students.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, $12,500
To support the commissioning and premieres of new works by Douglas Lowry and Karen Tanaka. The project will include a composer residency by Tanaka and workshops with high school and college-level composers as well as with musicians of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music.

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, $50,000
To support the Living Composers Project. The program will feature premiere performances of new works by composers John Luther Adams, Shawn Jaeger, and Matthias Pintscher, as well as works by John Adams, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Sofia Gubaidulina, Oliver Knussen, Andrew Norman, and Charles Wuorinen.

San Francisco Symphony, $75,000
To support A Beethoven Exploration festival, directed by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Programming will include performances of Beethoven's first major work, Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, and one of his final masterpieces, Missa Solemnis, and will feature guest artists sopranos Sally Matthews and Laura Claycomb, mezzo-sopranos Tamara Mumford and Sasha Cooke, tenors Barry Banks and Michael Fabiano, bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, bass Shenyang, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

San Francisco Youth Symphony, $65,000
To support the Artist Development Program of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Designed to complement the youth orchestra's core program of weekly rehearsals and concert performances, the free program will provide students with coaching, mentorship, and specialized training in chamber music.

Seattle Symphony, $25,000
To support the American Commissions and Premieres project featuring new works by Elliott Carter and John Luther Adams. The programming will feature the world premieres of the two new American works along with works by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Gioachino Rossini, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Tanglewood Music Center, $50,000
To support the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center. The five-day festival, directed by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, will feature chamber music and orchestral performances by resident musicians and guest artists.

Tempesta di Mare, $12,500
To support performances of See Famed Apollo!, William Boyce's 1739 ode to Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music, written for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The orchestra will perform the work in collaboration with Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, and the Westminster Kantorei of Princeton, New Jersey.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Young Composers Project. Students will learn to compose original works for orchestra and their training will culminate in a reading and recording of their pieces by the Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra or the Tucson String Quintet.


Related Art Works, Part 1 Grants

American Composers Forum, $25,000
To support a commission and middle school residency for the BandQuest® series of educational compositions. Composer Hankus Netsky will develop the new work in residence at the Day Middle School in Newton, Massachusetts, where it will be premiered by the school band and then later recorded by the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Association of California Symphony Orchestras, $30,000
To support professional and leadership development and technical assistance programs for California orchestras. Plans include webinars and "Ask the Expert" conference calls; an annual statewide conference; and workshops for artistic and administrative staff, trustees, and volunteers from more than 150 orchestras.

Bard Music Festival, $20,000
To support the Bard Music Festival. Led by American Symphony Orchestra, the resident ensemble, the festival will explore the world and music of composer Igor Stravinsky by presenting a range of musical forms including chamber, choral, and orchestral concerts and will feature the centennial celebration performance of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) along with associated educational activities.

Bellingham Festival of Music, $10,000
To support the Bellingham Festival of Music, a two-week summer festival featuring orchestral and chamber music concerts throughout the community. Plans include five orchestra performances conducted by Artistic Director Michael Palmer; guest artist appearances by pianist Garrick Ohlsson, cellist Joshua Roman, and soprano Heidi Grant Murphy; free chamber concerts at Whatcom Museum of History and Art; and educational activities such as master classes, open rehearsals, and pre-concert lectures.

Boston University, $60,000
To support the Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra and Young Artists Wind Ensemble programs. The programs provide an intense summer music training experience for students, including opportunities to attend professional performances and to interact closely with master artists-in-residence throughout the summer.

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, $15,000
To support the annual Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. The summer festival will feature chamber music; orchestral concerts by the Dallas Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra; open rehearsals; public workshops; the Young Professionals-in-Residence Program; and educational outreach concerts.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, $15,000
To support a professional development program for conductors and composers. The training program, led by conductors Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier, will offer 20 emerging conductors the opportunity to lead small and large ensembles in rehearsals and a public performance, program contemporary works, and collaborate with three early-career composers.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, $10,000
To support the International Music Festival. The 68th annual seven-week outdoor summer festival of classical, opera, jazz, and roots music will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke's as resident orchestra. Proposed artists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble; NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and Ahmad Jamal; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, and András Schiff; the Punch Brothers; saxophonist Miguel Zenon; and violinists Julia Fischer and Leonidas Kavakos.

Carlsbad Music Festival, $10,000
To support the Carlsbad Music Festival. The five-day contemporary classical music festival will feature more than 30 performances by musicians including percussion ensemble Red Fish Blue Fish, the Calder Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the La Jolla Symphony along with related educational activities.

Carnegie Hall, $50,000
To support the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of the USA. Plans for the new tuition-free program include an intensive two-week residency for 120 young musicians at State University of New York at Purchase led by principal musicians from top U.S. orchestras; a public performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts featuring violinist Joshua Bell and conducted by Valery Gergiev; a commissioned work by composer Sean Shepherd; and a peer-to-peer exchange between NYO players and DC-area youth orchestra musicians.

Chorus America Association, $100,000
To support services and technical assistance to the choral field. Activities will include an annual conference; web-based services; publications; conducting master classes at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale; and leadership development forums for conductors, board members, and managers.

Diavolo Dance Theater, $20,000
To support the creation and presentation of Fluid Infinities set to Philip Glass's Symphony No. 3, which will complete a trilogy of commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As part of the project, the company will offer a series of open studio showings during the creation process.

Gateways Music Festival, $15,000
To support the biennial Gateways Music Festival. The five-day festival, celebrating the participation and contributions of classically-trained musicians of African descent, will feature solo, chamber, and orchestral performances as well as a youth showcase.

League of American Orchestras, $100,000
To support the League of American Orchestra's strategic services designed to strengthen orchestras through learning and leadership development, research, and communications within the field. The league will focus on best-practices and host an annual national conference for more than 1,000 participants.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, $30,000
To support the Mann Summer Festival's Orchestral Concert Series, featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Taking place in Fairmont Park, located near the center of Philadelphia, programming for the outdoor summer festival will feature full orchestral repertoire, as well as lecture-demonstrations with guest artists and students from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Maverick Concerts, $11,500
To support Britten at Woodstock, the 98th annual Maverick Concerts Festival, with programming celebrating the connection between composer Benjamin Britten and Woodstock. The festival will be curated by music director Alexander Platt and will feature Britten's works for string quartet, as well as a chamber orchestra performance of his song cycle Les Illuminations, written in Woodstock during the summer of 1939.

Midwest Young Artists, $20,000
To support orchestra, chamber music, and music theory programs. The program provides students with performance opportunities, rehearsals, classes, master classes and performance competitions.

Mount Saint Mary's College, $20,000
To support the presentation of Chamber Music in Historic Sites by the Da Camera Society. The concerts and outreach activities (with artists such as Cuarteto Quiroga, Da Camera Players, and the Sphinx Virtuosi Orchestra with the Catalyst Quartet) will match musical programming from various cultures and periods with sites of architectural and historical significance in the Los Angeles area.

National String Project Consortium, $20,000
To support professional development for orchestra teachers through partnerships with universities. Participants will get hands-on, practical experience in teaching orchestral music during their college years, under the supervision of the director and master teacher at each site, while third and fourth grade children in the programs will learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass.

New Music USA, $70,000
To support new music through online resources at NewMusicBox.org and newmusicusa.org, as well as professional development, technical assistance, and editorial coverage of composers and artist residencies nationwide. New Music USA, a merging of two longstanding organizations of services to the field of new music (American Music Center and Meet The Composer), is committed to increasing opportunities for composers, performers, and audiences by fostering vibrant American contemporary music.

New Orleans Opera Association, $15,000
To support performances of Dvorák's Rusalka. The project will utilize video projections for scenic design and engage various local institutions such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera Chorus, Tulane University, and K-12 public, private, and charter schools around the region to provide free outreach activities.

New School Concerts, $16,000
To support the New School Concerts' New York String Seminar Program for emerging young musicians. The 10-day extensive training experience, directed by violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo, will offer full scholarships to 64 talented high school and college-age string players selected through national live auditions and will culminate in concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Ojai Festivals, $15,000
To support the Ojai Music Festival. Curated by choreographer Mark Morris, guest music director for the 67th annual festival, programming will be focused on American artists and music, including the works of Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Charles Ives, and John Luther Adams, and will feature the Mark Morris Music Ensemble, the Mark Morris Dance Group, pianist Emanuel Ax, the American String Quartet, and jazz trio The Bad Plus with Ethan Iverson.

Oregon Bach Festival, $25,000
To support the commissioning of a new work for chorus and orchestra by James MacMillan for the Oregon Bach Festival. The commissioned work will be a cantata scored for chorus, orchestra, and soloists, 30-40 minutes in length.

Perlman Music Program, $30,000
To support the Summer Music School. The intensive, seven-week summer residency program will provide instruction, coaching, and mentoring opportunities to exceptionally gifted young string players.

Portland Opera, $15,000
To support a new production of Handel's Rinaldo. The work marks only the fourth Baroque production in the company's 95-year history and will be the second collaboration with the Portland Baroque Orchestra

Project STEP, $40,000
To support the Preparatory Division and Pre-College Division string instrument programs. Professional musicians provide private string lessons, theory classes, piano classes, master classes, chamber music, and orchestra instruction to students in fourth through twelfth grade.

Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children, $18,000
To support the Afterschool Music Program. Professional music educators provide students with weekly, tuition-free music lessons in strings, winds, piano, and choir.

Savannah Music Festival, $50,000
To support the annual Savannah Music Festival, featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other artists in diverse programming, including world music, gospel, classical, blues, and jazz. The 17-day, 100-program festival with more than 500 artists will take place in numerous venues in Savannah's Historic Landmark District.

Stanford University, $32,500
To support the Bing Concert Hall inaugural season celebration with the commissioning and performances of chamber works by composer Jonathan Berger, composer and performer Laurie Anderson with Kronos Quartet, and composer Steve Reich with Alarm Will Sound. The project will include the commissioning and premieres of two new chamber opera works (Anaphora and Magnificat) by Jonathan Berger and librettist Dan O'Brien, which will feature digital processing to create electroacoustic interludes and illusory aural spaces.

Stern Grove Festival, $15,000
To support a series of admission-free outdoor concerts. Performances will include concerts by the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Ballet. 

Third Street Music School Settlement, $20,000
To support the Pathways to Learning and Honors Enrichment music education programs. Professional musicians provide instruction to students in early childhood music, band, orchestras, choirs, dance, chamber music, jazz, and rock.

Young Concert Artists, $50,000
To support the Young Concert Artists Series, the professional development program of recitals and concerto debuts in New York City and Washington, DC. The program also includes the commissioning of a new work by a young composer, career management for emerging classical performers and composers, and residencies in schools and community centers while the artists are on tour.

Election Day Results, Lame Duck Session, and Advocacy in the New Session

November 7, 2012

Washington, D.C. – After a dramatic campaign season, Presidential and Congressional election results are in. The Obama Presidential Administration will continue into a second term, and the new Congress will officially take office in January, maintaining a Republican-controlled House and Democrat-controlled Senate. Your voice will be essential to making the case for a robust national arts agenda in the coming months, as the next item of business will be for the Administration and Congress to complete unfinished business and set policy priorities and leadership positions within the new Congress. Finalization of FY13 funding bills will likely take place in the new term, as there is a continuing resolution in place through March, but this lame duck period before the end of 2012 has the potential for tax reform debates, which include policies related to charitable giving incentives.

The League will keep you up to date with the latest major news. Orchestra advocates should take this opportunity to contact Members of Congress while they are at home, reaching out to both newly and re-elected officials to describe the public value your orchestra provides in your community.

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