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Your donation helps ensure orchestral music remains relevant, exciting, accessible, and sustainable for years to come.

With your support, the League continues to have a positive impact on the future of orchestras in America by helping to develop the next generation of leaders, generating and disseminating critical knowledge and information, and advocating for the unique role of the orchestral experience in American life before an ever-widening group of stakeholders.

Donor Benefits

Advocates $75 - $599
$75 +

Donor recognition on the League website
Complimentary subscription to Symphony magazine and The Hub

$175 +

Advanced notice and early registration for select special events
Access to League’s Employment Opportunities website

$300 +

Special gift

Loyal Supporters $600 - $999
$600 +

Invitation to League Donor Appreciation Reception at League National Conference
Donor recognition in Symphony magazine

National Friends of the League $1,000 - $4,999
$1,000 +

Invitation to League Donor Appreciation Dinner at League National Conference

$2,500 +

One complimentary seminar at League National Conference
Invitation to a private hosted event

National Council $5,000 - $24,999
$5,000 +

One complimentary League National Conference registration

$10,000 +

Two complimentary seminars at League National Conference

Chairman’s Circle $25,000 +
$25,000 +

Complimentary League National Conference registrations for
up to six people from your orchestra

Please note that for all donor levels benefits are cumulative and include all that are listed previously.

 

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Emerging Leaders Program

2014-15 Emerging Leaders Participants (inaugural class)

Congratulations to the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program class:
Caleb Bailey, Jennifer Behr, Nicholas Cohen, Bradley Evans, Yoo-Jin Hong,
and Rebecca Zabinski.

Check back in late April for 2016 application information.

The six leaders work in all areas of orchestra administration, including artistic, development, education and community engagement, and operations.

Caleb Bailey
Orchestra Manager
Lincoln Symphony
Orchestra
(Lincoln, NE)

 

Jennifer Behr
Individual Giving Manager
Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra
(Jacksonville, FL)

 

Nicholas Cohen
General Manager,
OrchKids and
Baltimore Symphony
Youth Orchestras
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

         

Bradley Evans
Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager
San Francisco Symphony

 

Yoo-Jin Hong
Director of Civic Orchestra
and Training Programs
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

Rebecca Zabinski
Manager,
Artistic Administration
Houston Symphony


About the Emerging Leaders Program

The League’s Emerging Leaders Program is an intensive, two-year program combining on-the-job learning with strong mentoring and peer network-building opportunities.

The prestigious program was created to develop future orchestra leaders. Participants are selected based on their potential to significantly impact the orchestra field as future leaders, as well as their ability to make an even greater contribution to the organization they currently serve.

Facilitated by John McCann, a national expert in executive training, the Emerging Leaders Program offers frequent in-person meetings at the League’s New York City offices; the chance to jointly curate content at the League’s National Conference; and a group visit to other organizations. In addition, participants work with designated mentors both at their home orchestras and outside the field, and also receive financial resources to address personalized professional-development needs.

The curriculum addresses developing participants’ leadership capacity in high-stress environments, balancing priorities, conflict resolution, internal and external relations, governance practice, the evolving art form, and cross-cultural competency.

The Emerging Leaders Program is the next chapter in the League’s history of distinguished executive leadership programs for American orchestras. These programs have included the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Executive Leadership Programs, Institutional Vision and Critical Issues programs, and Essentials of Orchestra Management, among others, as well the League’s National Conference, and a host of career development, learning, and grant opportunities for composers, conductors, board development and governance, orchestra volunteers, and all other League member constituents.

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.

Questions? Contact Ken Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program

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.

View recipient program descriptions here.

The 2015-2016 grant recipients are:

Long-term In-School Partnership Programs and After-School Educational Programs

  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD, for OrchKids
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra, TX, for Tocando

 

 Health and Wellness

For more information, write to Ken Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants are made possible by a generous grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

E-books

E-books available now

New! Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Informed Fundraising: An Introduction and Guide

Free to League Members
A New BoardSource e-book: Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

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.

      

Free to League Members: Informed Fundraising: An Introduction and Guide

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.

Questions? Contact Rachelle Schlosser: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orchestras Feeding America

Read more: Orchestras Feeding America

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

 

 

Congratulations to the five exemplary orchestra musicians selected to receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service! A new League of American Orchestras program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities.

The awardees and their orchestras will receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, 2016. The musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation and separate webinar, providing the orchestra field opportunities to learn from their experience.

Information on the Conference session featuring the award recipients

Register for the League’s National Conference

Read the press announcement

Check back here for further details about the webinar, which will be announced this summer.

         

Penny Anderson Brill
Viola
Michael & Carol Bleier Chair
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Credit: Alicia Dal Lago

 

Sharon Orme
Bass Clarinet
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Credit: Cybelle Codish

 

Jeff Paul
Principal Oboist
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Credit: Jeff Paul

         
 

Brian Prechtl
Percussion
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

 

Beth Vandervennet
Cello
Oakland Symphony
Bio

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 new program supporting orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. The five orchestra musicians receiving awards 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..

Questions? Contact Mi Ryung Song at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

Applications for the Conducting Masterclass with Marin Alsop and the BSO at the League’s National Conference,
June 11, 2016 in Baltimore, are now closed.

Note: For information about the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony,
May 10-11, 2016, click here
.

Participants will be notified no later than January 31, 2016.

During the League’s 2016 National Conference, BSO music director Marin Alsop will lead a Conducting Masterclass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD. On June 11, 2016, up to six participants will conduct one orchestra session with the BSO and have the opportunity to attend Conference sessions, conductor meetings, and networking events (running from June 9-11, 2016).

 

Photo Credit: Grant Leighton

Click here for information on becoming a League member.

Questions? Contact James Barry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Dues Structure

If your orchestra would like to join the League, please contact Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212 262 5161. Current members may renew online at my.americanorchestras.org.

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:

$4,500,000 and up Total expenses times .0012 (up to $30,000)
$165,000 - $4,499,000 Total expenses times .0025 (up to $5,600)
$50,000 - $164,999 $325
$25,000 - $49,999 $250
Under $24,999 $150
Youth/Collegiate $150

 

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:

$4,200,000 and up Total expenses times .0003 (up to $6,850)
$165,000 - $4,199,999 Total expenses times .0007 (up to $1,200)
Under $164,999 $150

 

International orchestra dues

International orchestra dues (except Canada) $150