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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.
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.
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service
Applications are now closed – check back in April for our announcement of the 2017 award recipients!
The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is renewed for a second year in recognition of orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. This work takes place in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income/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.
Five orchestra musicians will be selected through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards, which will include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to his or her home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.
The awardees and their orchestras will receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, 2017.Musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation featuring their award-winning work.
Awardees will be notified in April, 2017.
Download and post this flyer to help publicize the awards! This customizable poster has white space at the bottom for you to add your local contact information.
To download the awards guidelines, click here.
To download the nomination letter of understanding, click here.
To access the online application portal, click here.
To read a Symphony magazine article about last year's recipients, click here.
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.
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. Read the press announcement and an article in Symphony magazine.
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
Gold Book Online
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|