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2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 grant recipients!

Nine orchestras have been selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive
2015-16 Noteboom Governance Center Grants for Board Development. The grants provide financial support to orchestra boards to strengthen their governance practice.

The 2015-16 grant recipients are:

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra      

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

New West Symphony

Plano Symphony Orchestra

South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

 

 

The Noteboom Governance Center was created in recognition of former League Board Chair Lowell Noteboom, honoring his longstanding commitment to improving governance practice in American orchestras. The Center is supported by leadership gifts from Richard and Kay Fredericks Cisek, The Clinton Family Fund, Marcia and John Goldman, and the Sargent Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

 

Videos

Achieving Impact: Funders' New Expectations
Raising New Money
Today's Philanthropy
Your "Underwater" Endowment


Achieving Impact: Funders' New Expectations

Today’s funding landscape requires us to artfully and effectively communicate our impact in new and meaningful ways. To attract the funders of tomorrow, we will need to speak to the issues that are important to a new generation, and demonstrate how we address community needs.

You will learn: 1) an overview of the current climate in fundraising and “hot” funding topics; 2) information directly from new funders about what does, or would, draw them to our industry; 3) what orchestras can do to remain essential to their communities and relevant to funders.

Liz S. Alsina, program associate, performing arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Janet Brown, president and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; Lauren Nesholm, representative, Nesholm Family Foundation, and board member, Seattle Symphony; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras


Raising New Money

We all work hard to demonstrate our larger public value and build the confidence of those that invest in us over time, and funding our work with new dollars is urgent. Opportunities like community and state-based grants and social media fundraising platforms are just a few of the ways this session will help you increase your bottom line.

Dianne Debicella, senior program director, fiscal sponsorship, Fractured Atlas
Emma E. Dunch, president, Dunch Arts, LLC
Cathy Maciariello, principal, HieroResources LLC
Stephanie Pereira, director, art program, Kickstarter
Randall Rosenbaum, executive director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts


Today's Philanthropy

Charitable giving makes up the largest percentage of the total income that supports orchestras - more than any other single revenue source. Fundamental shifts in the economy and civic participation are changing the way grant makers exercise their charitable/philanthropic impulse. How must orchestras adapt their fundraising strategies to fit into funders' tolerance for risk-taking, increased expectations for civic impact, and other new criteria?

Chris Abele, president and CEO, Argosy Foundation; chairman, board of directors, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Wayne Brown, director, music and opera, National Endowment for the Arts; Paul Hogle, executive vice president, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Sponsored by CCS Fundraising


Your "Underwater" Endowment: What to Do?

Orchestras are faced with new challenges in the management of endowments in this era of declining endowment values, “underwater endowments”, and new regulations. This session will focus on the information and tools you need to have.

View the PowerPoint for this Presentation!


 

Learning Online opportunities are made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Free, Live Webinar: Artists from Abroad Grand Re-Opening! Overview of Visa and Tax Essentials

In conjunction with the relaunch of the improved Artists from Abroad website, the League will be holding a free webinar for members on June 21, 2012 with immigration and tax experts Jonathan Ginsburg and Robyn Guilliams. We’ll walk you through the new features of the site and Jonathan and Robyn will share their top tips for approaching the visa and tax procedures – for anyone who is unfamiliar with the newly revised site or how to engage foreign guest artists, this will be a great way to get started and also ask the experts some of your burning questions.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 2 –3 pm (Eastern)

Free to League members;  this is a live webinar – register here .

 

Beyond Breakeven 2.0

With Susan Nelson

Susan’s presentation explores the alignment of your orchestra’s current financial health with the ability to make smart strategic decisions going forward. She also introduces the outline of new resources that will be available later this spring.

View Jesse Rosen's Midwinter Managers Meeting speech, Reflections on the Field.

View Susan’s presentation from Conference 2011.

For more Learning Online resources visit americanorchestras.org

Help the League keep the learning opportunities coming for you and your orchestra – donate now!


Organizational Planning

Driving Innovation: A Roadmap for Practical Implementation
Changing the System: A Strategic Approach to Making a Difference
Beyond Breakeven: Why Capitalization Matters

Beyond Breakeven 2.0
Business Planning 101
Dynamic Planning in a Changing Environment
Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders
Understanding the Sustainability Formula
Evaluating Organizational Capacity of Policy and Advocacy Organization


Driving Innovation: a Roadmap for Practical Implementation

What does it mean for a symphony orchestra to innovate? Jeff DeGraff, a leading innovation guru, shared his bold perspective. You can also view the PowerPoint presentation from this session.

Jeff DeGraff, author, Innovation You: The Book, executive director, Innovatrium Institute for Innovation, managing partner, Competing Values Company


Changing the System: A Strategic Approach to Making a Difference

While orchestras deliver programs that make a real difference to their audiences; ultimately having a true, lasting impact on the wider community often requires systemic changes to the culture; affecting resources and expectations of community partners and funders. Successful change agents share how strategic alliances, smart planning, and political heft can convert great community programs into enduring civic resources. 

Gigi Antoni, president/CEO, Big Thought; Elizabeth Merritt, founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Association of Museums; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Dalouge Smith, president and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory


Beyond Breakeven: Why Capitalization Matters

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. Getting Beyond Break Even by Susan Nelson provides new insights and tools that can lead not only to sustainability but to vitality.  


Beyond Breakeven 2.0

In Beyond Breakeven: Why Capitalization Matters, Susan Nelson, principal from Technical Development Corporation (TDC), introduced new attention to how the alignment of financial strength and risk with strategy should drive organizational decision-making. This video presentation, Beyond Breakeven 2.0 from the 2012 Mid-Winter Managers Meeting plenary, further explores these themes, diving more deeply into the idea of how you can create an integrated organizational and financial strategy that responds to current realities in our sector.

Beyond Breakeven 2.0, by Susan Nelson

Reflections on the Field, Jesse Rosen's Mid-Winter Managers Meeting speech


Business Planning 101

A TCC Webinar
In this webinar, TCC Group Partner Shelly Kessler and Senior Consultant Nadia Gomes explore the key components of a mission-driven business plan. You will learn how to clarify the definition and purpose of your mission-based business planning; discuss the keys to success and pitfalls to avoid in developing this plan; and explore an overview of the components of a mission-based business plan for nonprofits.

Free to League members! Register here.


Dynamic Planning in a Changing Environment

A TCC Webinar
Wherever you look, there are more demands and fewer resources. So, how do you approach planning? In today's economy, a dynamic strategic plan can help a nonprofit clarify objectives, focus on its core mission, and adapt to change. In this webinar, TCC Group Partner and Director of Nonprofit Services Shelly Kessler explains how the best planning processes are those that are fluid and flexible, take in new information, and apply new learning.

Free to League members! Register here.


Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders

A TCC Resource
At the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 2012 National Conference, Paul Connolly discusses capacity-building ecosystems with Kit Gillem, Program Director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation.   Readers will learn some of the following learning objectives in this power-point presentation: Obtain practical advice on how to support capacity builders’ efforts to enhance their program quality and business models; Learn about research methods for assessing nonprofit capacity-building needs and services; and Learn about effective strategies for funders to build the capacity of capacity-building organizations.

Free to League members! Register here.


Understanding the Sustainability Formula

A TCC Resource
Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Pete York discusses his new research paper which explains how nonprofits can remain resilient in challenging economic times.

Free to League members! Register here.


Evaluating Organizational Capacity of Policy and Advocacy Organization

A TCC Resource
Advocacy as a strategy for the nonprofit sector has become increasingly widespread. Foundations are looking to fund more of this type of work; nonprofits are learning how to harness its power toward better achieving their mission; and both are trying to better understand how to evaluate success. As the strategy of advocacy has grown, organizations have learned important advocacy skills. But, what does it mean to be an effective advocacy organization? What capacities are important for putting into practice advocacy strategies? How can organizations (and funders) ensure they have the capacity for doing advocacy work? Barbara Masters, Astrid Hendricks, and Jared Raynor briefly examine some of these issues.

Free to League members! Register here


TCC’s mission is to develop strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, and corporate citizenship programs to achieve social impact.

For more information and resources from TCC Group, please visit their website.

Learning Online opportunities are made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

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National Alliance for Audition Support

The League of American Orchestras is thrilled to be part of the launch of the National Alliance for Audition Support, an initiative that began with a discussion at a Diversity Forum convened by the League of American Orchestras and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2015.

The Alliance is an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews.

The NAAS is made up of The Sphinx Organization, the lead program and fiscal administrator for the Alliance; the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy; and the League of American Orchestras, representing 700 orchestras. A group of Black and Latinx professional musicians will be thought leaders, guides, and advisors for the Alliance. The NAAS is supported by a four-year grant of $1.8M from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as contributions from orchestras across the U.S. The Alliance is also grateful to the American Federation of Musicians, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, and the Regional Orchestra Players Association for their participation and support.

For more details:

Resources for Diversity in Repertoire

Center for Black Music Research 
The only organization of its kind, it exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.

Composer Diversity Database  
Composer Rob Deemer launched this database, created with the help of students at SUNY Fredonia. It’s in spreadsheet format and can be accessed by anyone. The idea is for conductors, performers, and others to use it to research and create more diverse concert programs.

Composer’s Equity Project 
Chamber Music America’s database includes women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA composers (composers who identify as African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American).

Latin Orchestral Music
This online catalog contains over 9,000 original orchestral works by over 1,600 composers from 24 countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean, and serves as a bridge between the music and the composers or publishers.

Music by Black Composers, a Project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation
Its mission is to inspire Black students to begin and continue instrumental training, make the music of Black composers available to everyone, and help to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.

Repertoire Database by the Women’s Philharmonic 
Online resources that include a 283-entry list of works by women composers; repertoire suggestions for mostly historic composers, with information about how to obtain music and links to audio files; and orchestral scores by women of African descent.

The Orchestra Beyond Recession

With David Nygren

As part of the governance vlog series from the League, governance expert David Nygren describes the “new normal” for many organizations operating in an environment of restraint and diminished resources.  He examines what this means for orchestras in terms of vision, artistic products, investments, relevancy and staffing and identifies some important board opportunities in such an environment. 

For more governance resources, visit the League’s Governance Center 

Help the League keep the learning opportunities coming for you and your orchestra – donate now!

 

This Video is made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation.

Additional support for the League’s online learning programs is made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Learning Online opportunities are made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.