Executive Directors, Groups 5-6

Constituency Liaison: Jessica Balboni
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The League is extremely grateful to Arup for agreeing to be the inaugural sponsor of the Executive Director meeting track at Conference.

Tuesday, June 7th


Collective Bargaining in the Current Environment

In this session, you will learn about some important approaches to collective bargaining in the current environment as well as some of the services available through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. 

George Cohen, CEO, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Shared session with Executive Directors, Groups 3 and 4

Electronic Media:  Rights & Contractual Issues

This strategic and practical session will provide you with information and guidance you need to use electronic media effectively.  Specific topics to be examined include clearance issue rights as well as contractual issues.  You will learn specific tips on how to obtain agreements with musicians, create shared goals and consensus agreements. 

Joe Kluger, consultant on electronic media for the League of American Orchestras

Wednesday, June 8th 



Join us for breakfast and a sneak peek of the exciting new symphony show Cirque Musica. Blending the thrills of today’s greatest circus performers with stunning orchestral arrangements, Cirque Musica is a high quality performance sure to please patrons young and old.

Sponsored by Cirque Musica, The Cooking Group and The Agency Group.  


Churning Butter into Gold

Inspired by the findings of the Audience Growth Initiative (Churn Study), marketing and development directors from nine orchestras undertook a follow-up Patron Growth Initiative with Prescott & Associates to tackle the more complex issue of building sustainable support, factoring in both attendance and donations — thus helping orchestras grow total lifetime value.

Kate Prescott will present the findings and recommendations of the yearlong effort that included data mining (on a database of 545,000 concertgoers and donors), qualitative, and quantitative research.  Her presentation will be followed by remarks from participating marketing and development directors on strategies they are pursuing as a result of the Initiative.
Kevin Giglinto, vice president for marketing and sales, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Judith Helf, director of individual giving, New York Philharmonic; Shana Mathur, vice president, marketing and communications, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Kate Prescott, president, Prescott & Associates

Facilitator: Jack McAuliffe, president, Engaged Audiences LLC

Shared session with Executive Directors, Groups 2, 3 and 4, and Marketing and Development Managers Groups 1 and 2


New Ideas Forum

Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion to share success stories and ideas that have worked for your orchestra in your community.

Josh Worby, executive director, Westchester Philharmonic and Group 5 Chair    

12:50pm – 1:50pm

Sponsored lunch with Eugene Carr, CEO Patron Technology
Minneapolis Grand Ballroom E  

Thursday, June 9th


Financial Planning & Sustainability

Greeting from Raj Patel, principal and leader, Americas Region at Arup Acoustics. The League is extremely grateful to Arup for agreeing to be the inaugural sponsor of the Executive Director meeting track at Conference.

Are cash flow issues keeping you up at night? In this session you will learn about a simple and very effective financial modeling and reporting tool that can be a helpful resource to orchestras of all sizes. It provides a means of reporting data in a very straightforward way that works as a communication and planning tool – and has been very effective to executive directors in sharing financial data with their boards.
Ed Sermier, director, National Customized Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Imagining a Bright Future

What might our orchestras look like in the future? How do we create true community value? As institutional leaders, what is required of us today to ensure our long-term sustainability and vibrancy? 

Bruce Coppock, former president, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; arts consultant; Sarah Johnson, director, Weill Music Institute, Carnegie Hall

Session shared with Executive Directors, Groups 7 and 8

Name badges for this event generously provided by TALASKE l Sound Thinking