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The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program

The deadline to apply for 2015-2016 grants was August 11, 2015.

The League of American Orchestras is pleased to announce a fourth round of grants to orchestras to help stimulate growth and excellence in education and community engagement programming. With funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, these one-year grants, ranging from $10,000 to $30,000, will be awarded to orchestras for activities in fiscal year 2016.

Funds are available for orchestras to:

  • plan, develop, and implement innovative new initiatives that strengthen community ties and respond to community needs(funds are not available for planning alone) 
    or to
  • strengthen exemplary programs with a demonstrated track record of success.

Funds cannot be used to:

  • create new organizations or to
  • support single events and activities, such as assembly programs, standard children’s or family concerts, and holiday concerts that do not represent the development or support of long-term relationships.

Orchestras that applied by the previously announced deadline of August 11, 2015 will hear back regarding the status of their letter of inquiry by September 15, 2015. For those orchestras invited to submit full proposals, final applications will be due October 14, 2015.

Find here descriptions of programs that received support in the last round of grants. See the left menu bar for links to descriptions of recipients in earlier rounds.

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

eBooks

Building the Governance Partnership: The Chief Executive's Guide to Getting the Best from the Board, Second Edition

       

A BoardSource eBook

In a constructive partnership with the board, the chief executive works hard to provide leadership that engages the board in exceptional governance — work that requires a lot of time and energy. Building the Governance Partnership offers practical tips and perspectives to help you manage this considerable investment of time and build a partnership with your board that is based on support, trust, honesty, forthrightness, respect, and understanding. Within its pages, you'll learn how to work for, work with, and work the board. And while it is time-consuming work, the rewards — the success of both you and your organization — are worth the effort.

You'll learn how to

  • establish the board culture that is right for your organization
  • practice self-management and cultivate relationships
  • inform and communicate with the board
  • facilitate a balance in roles and responsibilities
  • structure the board's work
  • plan for transitions

Each chapter ends with short essays written by a nonprofit chief executive and a board chair. These unique perspectives provide a personal touch to the topics covered.

Free to League members. Register here.


Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Second Edition

A BoardSource eBook

Board members must ensure that their organization has adequate resources. One
way they can do that is by being active in fundraising activities. This book shows
board members how to support fundraising efforts, no matter the size of the organization.
It explains strategies, offers guidelines for evaluating the results of efforts,
and recommends helpful ways that board members can be involved every step of the way.

Free to League Members. Register here.

 


The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members, Second Edition

    

A BoardSource eBook

Good boards do not just happen: they take care, thought, and planning. The second edition of this must-have bestseller features nine steps for your board to follow through the board development process, including:

  • identifying, cultivating, and recruiting prospective board members
  • orienting new board members
  • encouraging board members to become more active
  • educating the board about the organization’s work and context
  • rotating out board members to make room for new skills and insights
  • engaging the board in a self-evaluation
  • celebrating the board’s victories and successes

This book is intended not only for organizations where the board is charged with selecting its own members but also for organizations where the authority to appoint new board members rests elsewhere. Also included is downloadable content containing forms, worksheets, sample documents, and a PowerPoint® presentation for orienting new board members.

Free to League members. Register here.


ePolicy Sampler – Ethics and Accountability

    

A BoardSource eBook

BoardSource offers Downloadable Policy Samplers in 10 different topic areas to help you create specific policies for your organization. Each Downloadable Policy Sampler covers several subtopics and includes an introduction to the subtopic area, key elements, practical tips, suggested resources, and several dozen sample policies.


The Ethics and Accountability Sampler includes 46 samples on the following:

  1. Mission and Vision
  2. Values
  3. Code of Ethics
  4. Diversity Statement
  5. Conflicts of Interest
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Whistleblower Protection
  8. Record Retention and Document Destruction

Free to League members. Register here.

 

Orchestras Feeding America

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Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

The next Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview will be held in spring 2016. We are skipping a year in order to accommodate staff transitions at the League and to refresh the program design. In summer 2015 you can expect to see information about the 2016 preview on the League website.

If you have any questions, please contact Mi Ryung Song at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Emerging conductors in action!

The 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview was held in Jacksonville, Florida on March 13, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Below, read bios of 2013's featured conductors and read the agenda from the event.

Check back here for updates regarding submissions for the 2016 preview!

Featured Conductors

   
Joshua Gersen
Bio
  Keitaro Harada
Bio
  Gavriel Heine
Bio
         
   
Vladimir Kulenovic
Bio
  Sameer Patel
Bio
  Benjamin Rous
Bio

 

 

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by a generous grant from The Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation.

 

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

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2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

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Volunteer Notes Spring 2012

 

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Volunteer Notes Winter 2012

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