Toolboxes and Perspectives

Toolboxes: Practical, skill-based sessions designed to provide immediate “take home” applications of knowledge. (T)

Perspectives: A multi-faceted exploration designed to provide a “bigger picture” look at an issue (P)

Sessions run concurrently. Conference delegates make individual decisions around what they’d like to attend.

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Wednesday, June 10: 2:45-4:00 PM

Your “Underwater” Endowment: What to do? (T)
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.

Towards Greater Diversity and Inclusion (T)
This session provides an overview of some of the best thinking and practices in the diversity sector, and links them to the challenges faced by orchestras. 
Protecting Musicians’ Hearing (T)
What are the issues related to “noise” damage to musicians and what can be done about it?
Music in Our Schools and in Our Future (T)           
What impact will today’s trends in music education have on our nation’s school children? What are the implications for classical music?

The Hall Says It All: Increasing the Vitality of the Symphonic Experience (T)
This session explores how the physical environment can enhance the audience experience.
Philanthropy and the Arts: What Lies Ahead?
Learn concrete and specific ways to make a compelling case for support, regardless of your orchestra’s budget size or geographic location.
Orchestras and New Music: New Idioms, Instruments, and Ideas
What are the current trends and emerging ideas in music today, and what are their implications and opportunities for orchestras?

Making the Case for our Non-profit Status (P)           
Tough questions are being asked about the public value that orchestras and other non-profit cultural organizations provide in return for their tax exempt status. Are orchestras prepared to respond to them and to meet a new and higher standard?

Friday, June 12: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM

Beyond the Chicago Symphony’s “Beyond the Score®”   (T)
What are the next steps for the Chicago Symphony’s innovative “Beyond the Score®” programming? What are the lessons learned, possibilities, and opportunities for other orchestras?
Getting the Most Out of Social Networking (T)           
In the current economy Orchestras are making more use of social networking to find new friends and audiences. However, those that use Facebook, YouTube, My Space, Twitter and other vehicles may be underestimating their potential value, by employing them for sales purposes only. This session will explore how we can increase value by understanding how they are being used effectively in other sectors.

El Sistema USA: Taking the Next Steps (T)
Three orchestras – the Baltimore and Chicago Symphonies, and Los Angeles Philharmonic- and the New England Conservatory have done significant work in the last year inspired by the El Sistema model. Learn about their accomplishments and what they might mean for your orchestra.
A Hard Look at Today’s Economy (P)
Understand the realities of today’s economic situation and the challenges it presents for our sector.
Difficult Conversations (P)
The financial pressures orchestras are experiencing are triggering difficult conversations and decisions around head count, compensation, and contracts.  This session will address how to successfully work with both administrative and artistic personnel in the new economic reality.

New Models for Consortium Commissioning: Expanding the Repertoire/Growing Community Connectivity (P)   
New repertoire and new voices contribute to our orchestras’ vibrancy, to their connectivity to community, and to the art form overall. Learn about new consortium commissioning models that allow orchestras of all sizes to make these connections.

Session for Executive Directors: Managing in Tough Times (T)
This session will provide some guidance around strategies as well as opportunity for executive directors to share experiences with one another.