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The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program
Notice: The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants program will conclude after 2015-16 grants. Beginning 2016-17, the League is launching an expanded grantmaking program called American Orchestras' Futures Fund supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Learn more about the Futures Fund here.
Congratulations to our 2015-2016 grant recipients!
Twenty-two orchestras from across the United States have been selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive Getty Education and Community Investment Grants.
Intended to help stimulate growth and excellence in education and community engagement programming, the grants will fund orchestras’ long-term in-school and after-school music programs with social development components, as well as orchestras’ health and wellness programs for populations including hospital patients, people with developmental disabilities, homeless mothers, and the families and healthcare providers of these groups.
A total of $425,000 was awarded for this year’s grants, the fourth year of the $2 million re-granting program made possible by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The orchestras, encompassing a full range of budget sizes, will receive individual grants ranging from $15,000 to $27,500 for a variety of community-based programs taking place during the 2015-16 season. A prerequisite for qualifying orchestras was the existence of partnerships with local community or social service organizations.
Read the press release here.
The 2015-2016 grant recipients are:
Long-term In-School Partnership Programs and After-School Educational Programs
- Allentown Symphony Orchestra, PA, for El Sistema Lehigh Valley
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD, for OrchKids
- El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX, for Tocando
- Empire State Youth Orchestras, NY, for CHIME: Creating Harmony Invigorating Music Education
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, IN, for Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
- Juneau Symphony for Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM)
- Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, MI, for Kalamazoo Kids in Tune
- Kidznotes, NC
- Los Angeles Philharmonic, CA, for Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA)
- New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project)
- New West Symphony, CA, for New West Symphony Harmony Project
- Orchestra of St. Luke’s, NY, for Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL)
- San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, CA, for Community Opus Project
- Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, WA, for SYSO in the Schools
- Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, CT, for Bravo Waterbury!
- Yakima Symphony Orchestra, WA, for Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA)
Health and Wellness
- The Grand Rapids Symphony, MI, for Music for Health
- Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, TN, for KSO Music and Wellness
- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, for Soul Strings
- Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, CT, for RSO/SPHERE Partnership
- Seattle Symphony, WA, for Lullaby Project
- The Phoenix Symphony, AZ, for The B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R. Project: Alzheimer’s Expansion Initiative
The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants are made possible by a generous grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
E-books available now
What’s the difference between a competent board and an exceptional one?
Exceptional boards provide more than good governance; they are the impetus behind organizational progress. They make demonstrable advances toward the success of their organization’s mission.
How? And by what standards are such performances measured?
The e-book, The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards available free to League members, answers these questions.
BoardSource, the only national organization focused exclusively on good governance for nonprofit boards, gathered a group of governance experts who together identified and explored the common characteristics of exceptional boards, distilling their essential qualities and practices.
They discovered that while responsible boards may be competent stewards, exceptional boards, as is illustrated here with 12 principles, see their governance role not merely as one of fiduciary oversight and compliance management, but as an opportunity for creativity and collaboration in how they support their chief executive – and each other, to advance the cause they all serve. Exceptional boards move well beyond competence by collaborating with thoughtfulness and intentionality. It’s this difference which becomes the force multiplier of the exceptional board.
Request your copy now. It's free to League members through a partnership the League has established with BoardSource.
Free to League Members
True participation on a board encompasses much more than just giving money or serving on committees. Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to effectively conduct the financial affairs of their organization in order to ensure its success.
These responsibilities may be easily assumed by board members with a finance background, but what about those with no financial expertise? Boards may delegate certain tasks to committees with the requisite financial acumen, but ultimately, decision-making responsibility is the board's alone.
This guide is designed to equip board members with the concepts and tools necessary to understand and manage their financial responsibilities, for example:
Chapter 1 covers both general and specific financial responsibilities of boards.
Chapter 2 defines the responsibilities of each board position.
Chapter 3 describes internal controls and procedures.
There's also a primer on financial statements and audits, suggestions for managing out-sourced experts, and more.
Request your copy now. It's free to League members through a partnership the League has established with BoardSource, the only national organization focused exclusively on good governance for nonprofit boards.
Leaders of nonprofits large and small are familiar with the problem. They are just not successful enough in raising the money they want or need.
The authors of this new BoardSource e-book Informed Fundraising: An Introduction and Guide suggest that too many organizations – particularly smaller and/or newer organizations – invest their limited resources in unproductive ways simply because they do not understand the proven practices of effective fundraising.
This guide is designed to equip board members, chief executives, and those responsible for development with the concepts and tools used by successful fundraisers to build effective fundraising programs.
The book’s sections focus on what the authors have identified as the three key components of effective fundraising:
Understanding: discusses the concepts and components of successful fundraising programs
Preparation: describes the development of fundraising goals and plans
Execution: examines the process of soliciting prospects and measuring success
If your organization seeks to understand and adopt the proven practices of successful fundraising programs, request your copy now. It’s free to League Members through a partnership the League has established with BoardSource, the only national organization focused exclusively on good governance for nonprofit boards.
Orchestras Feeding America
Check back in early March for registration materials!
Over the past seven years Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 450 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 475,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how and why orchestras are so necessary to their communities, beyond providing amazing music.
About Orchestras Feeding America:
The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in an unprecedented coordinated effort by collecting and donating food to their local food assistance agency or food bank within Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks and 63,000 agencies. Since then, 425 League member orchestras have participated in the annual effort.
Orchestras Feeding America was inspired by the film The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., and directed by Joe Wright. The DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures presentation, in association with Studio Canal and Participant Media, was based on the true story of the relationship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a gifted Juilliard-trained string player whose mental illness landed him among the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Soloist is a testament to the redemptive power of music and a reminder of our connections to the most vulnerable among us.
“The story of The Soloist reminds us that classical music has the power to sustain spirits and change lives, even under the most difficult circumstances,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Our team effort with Feeding America and The Soloist gives America’s orchestras a way to use that power to make an even greater difference in our communities – to feed both body and soul.”
Read the launch press release here.
Orchestras Feeding America
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service
Five exemplary orchestra musicians were presented with the inaugural Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore on June 10, 2016. This new League program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund to celebrate orchestra musicians for their exceptional commitment to meaningful engagement with their communities. Read the press announcement.
Information about nominating musicians for the 2017 Ford Musician Awards will be announced and posted here by December 15, 2015.
Penny Anderson Brill
Photo Credit: Alicia Dal Lago
Photo Credit: Cybelle Codish
Photo Credit: Jeff Paul
Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Photo Credit: Seano Whitecloud
About The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is a program that supports orchestra musicians for their exceptional commitment to meaningful engagement with their communities. The five awardees were selected by a panel of industry professionals through a competitive nomination process. The awards include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to their home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.
Community work is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income or at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.
The program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund..
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service mark the League’s second partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was previously the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.
Conducting Masterclass with
Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
|For more information on the Masterclass, visit the League's Conference site.
For information about the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, May 10-11, 2016, click here.
Photo Credit: Grant Leighton
Emerging Leaders Program
Congratulations to our 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program class:
Nora Brady, Benjamin Cadwallader, Susan Lape, Elisabeth Madeja, David Renfro, Kathryn Rudolph, Amanda Stringer, Jodi Weisfield, and Randy Wong.
The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program is a ten-month leadership program offering mentoring with top leaders in the field, one-on-one coaching, in-depth seminars with leadership experts, and peer network-building opportunities.
Viewed by the field as one of the best sources of identifying talented administrators with great leadership potential, the program is the flagship of the League’s leadership development offerings. Participants are selected through a competitive application process, and are chosen based on their potential to make significant contributions to their orchestras and to the field as a whole.
Program participants take part in both in-person and virtual seminars; this year’s class will culminate with a joint presentation at the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 National Conference in Detroit. Renowned leadership development expert John McCann is the lead faculty and facilitator of the Emerging Leaders Program.
Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2016-17:
The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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U.S. Orchestra Dues
U.S. orchestra dues are based on a percentage of the orchestra’s total operating expenses from last season, according to this chart:
|$4,850,000 and up||Total expenses times .0012
($5,820 to $31,000 maximum)
|$165,000 - $4,849,999||Total expenses times .0025
($413 to $5,800 maximum)
|$50,000 - $164,999||$325|
|$25,000 - $49,999||$250|
Canada Orchestra Dues
Canadian orchestra dues are based on a percentage of your orchestra’s total operating expenses from last season, according to this chart:
|$4,850,000 and up||Total expenses times .0003
($1,455 to $6,850 maximum)
|$215,000 - $4,849,999||Total expenses times .0007
($150 to $1,200 maximum)
International orchestra dues
|International orchestra dues (except Canada)||$150|