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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.

 

Make Your Gift Today

League Giving Day

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the League of American Orchestras, and our celebrations begin with League Giving Day on Wednesday, June 7.

Our goal is to raise $75,000 in one day to commemorate 75 years of distinguished service and leadership to the orchestral field. Donations made on League Giving Day will support the League’s advocacy work, which is more critical than ever in conveying the unique value that orchestras provide to communities across this nation.

With matching support for League Giving Day already in hand, your contribution to the League on Wednesday, June 7 will have double the impact. 

Supporting League Giving Day is simple:

  • On June 7, 2017, between 12:00am and 11:59pm EST, donate online at americanorchestras.org/donate or make a pledge by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your intention to give.
  • Send a check dated June 7, 2017 with “League Giving Day” in the memo line. You can send this check anytime between now and June 7, 2017. 
  • If you are attending the League’s National Conference in Detroit, the donor desk will be set up to accept gifts for League Giving Day

Gifts and pledges will be accepted up until midnight on Wednesday, June 7.

League Giving Day is largely an e-mail and social media campaign — and in the days counting down to June 7 — we will be messaging our constituents about the 75th anniversary and the opportunity to give on June 7. We encourage you to share these messages via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Our Social Media Toolkit will provide you with information to help you be successful social media ambassadors for League Giving Day.

League Giving Day is Today!

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the League of American Orchestras, and our celebrations begin today, Wednesday, June 7.

Our goal is to raise $75,000 today to commemorate 75 years of distinguished service and leadership to the orchestral field. Donations made on League Giving Day will support the League’s advocacy work, which is more critical than ever in conveying the unique value that orchestras provide to communities across this nation.

With matching support for League Giving Day already in hand, your contribution today will have double the impact. 

Supporting League Giving Day is simple:

  • Today, June 7, 2017, between 12:00am and 11:59pm EST, donate online at americanorchestras.org/donate or make a pledge by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your intention to give.
  • If you are attending the League’s National Conference in Detroit, the donor desk will be set up to accept gifts for League Giving Day

Gifts and pledges will be accepted up until midnight on Wednesday, June 7.

Thank you for supporting League Giving Day today!

League Giving Day

Thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation on League Giving Day and to those who helped spread the word.

We not only met, but surpassed our $75,000 goal, raising a total of $102,718 in one day.

Donations made on League Giving Day will support the League’s advocacy work. Through our Washington, D.C. office, the League represents orchestras before Congress, federal agencies, and the White House on a range of federal policy areas --accomplishing what no single orchestra can do on its own

We are extremely grateful for the support and generosity of our donors. Thank you for helping us in our mission to advance the orchestral experience for all.

 

75th Anniversary Stories

75th Anniversary Stories

Catch our board chair and others describing what the organization means to them. Check back here as more videos will be added. 

Douglas Hagerman on How Orchestras Benefit from Membership in the League

Douglas M. Hagerman, incoming chair of the League of American Orchestras and past-chair of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, shares his thoughts on how orchestras benefit from membership in the League.

 

Aaron Flagg on Why the League is Essential

Aaron Flagg, D.M.A., Chair & Associate Director, Julliard Jazz Studies, The Julliard School; Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras, speaks about the importance of the League of American Orchestras.

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.

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 Yoo-Jin Hong 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.

BoardSource e-books

Are you taking advantage of the very best resources on board governance and fundraising? They're free to League members!

In order to serve you effectively, the League partners with groups such as BoardSource, a highly respected national organization that is the go-to resource on nonprofit boards. Through this partnership, League members have free access to BoardSource publications on a rotating basis. All BoardSource publications are succinct yet authoritative guides to best practice and current thinking.

The new titles now available for League members to download are:

Exceptional Board Practices: The Source in Action
Engaging Your Board in Fundraising: A Staff’s Guide
Govern More, Manage Less: Harnessing the Power of Your Nonprofit Board


Exceptional Board Practices: The Source in Action

A compilation of stories from empowered and visionary boards that provides the framework to creating exceptional board practices. 

 


Engaging Your Board in Fundraising: A Staff’s Guide

Nonprofit leaders share their insights on how to successfully engage the board in the fundraising process.

 

 


Govern More, Manage Less: Harnessing the Power of Your Nonprofit Board

Learn how to help balance board responsibilities in this must-have resource for chief executives and board members.

 

 

 

Orchestras Feeding America

Read more: Orchestras Feeding America

Orchestras Feeding America

Read more: Orchestras Feeding America

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.

Read the press announcement.

Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2016-17:

         

Nora Brady
Associate Director, Sales and Marketing
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Bio

 

Benjamin Cadwallader
Executive Director
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Bio

 

Susan Lape
Executive Director
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Bio

         

Elisabeth Madeja
Director of Marketing
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bio

 

David Renfro
Director of Operations
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Bio

 

Kathryn Rudolph
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Jacksonville Symphony
Bio

         

Amanda Stringer
CEO
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
Bio

 

Jodi Weisfield
Vice President of Development
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Bio

 

Randy Wong
Executive Director
Hawaii Youth Symphony
Bio

         

Click here for information on the 2015-16 class of the Emerging Leaders Program.

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 Yoo-Jin Hong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.