Health and Wellness Programs
Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Recipients 2012-2013
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, for its Neighborhood Residency Initiative, encompassing the orchestra’s entire roster of concerts, education programs, engagement activities, recitals, and senior programs which take place outside of Orchestra Hall. A strong component of the program is health and wellness; the orchestra assists children and adults of all ages, bringing its musicians to assisted care facilities, senior centers and hospitals for performance, music therapy sessions, and personal interaction. Among the multiple partners the orchestra engages to facilitate its services are Detroit Medical Center Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Henry Ford Health System.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra (with partner Hebrew Health Care) for its new Musicians Care Project (MCP): Five new in-facility programs for the elderly and disabled include creating and recording music around their life stories, and offering elderly patients in the final stages of their lives a performance of a song of particular personal resonance.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, to expand its Music & Wellness program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute. The program, which currently provides live musical performances for patients to enhance the healing process, will now employ a part-time certified Music Therapist.
Madison Symphony Orchestra, for continuation of HeartStrings, its music therapy-informed program using live music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of adults and children with disabilities and long-term illnesses, as well as aging populations with dementia and assisted-living needs.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, to establish its Autism Community Initiative, a series of chamber music programs that are tailored to meet the developmental needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This season’s program will serve more than 1000 youth and adults with autism, with six program partners in nine locations in Mercer and Essex Counties. The chamber music programs meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards, and the music is used by the orchestra’s program partners for cultural enrichment, and as an aid to reinforce positive behavior.
Phoenix Symphony, for its B-Sharp Music Wellness Initiative, a music wellness program for health care and community facilities that serve the homeless population. Symphony musicians comprising duos, trios, quartets and quintets, will perform monthly at two facilities: Circle the City, which provides respite care for homeless adults in need of recovery following hospitalization, and Lodestar Day Resource Center, which offers shelter, food and structured activities during daytime hours.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, to help fund its Music and Wellness program, taking place at UPMC Children’s Hospital, UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Allegheny Valley School, Gilda’s Club and Veterans Hospital. More than 22 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians are active participants in the program, which integrates live chamber music performances with music therapy to provide music and wellness sessions for small groups of hospital patients, families and staff. The orchestra is also developing a music and wellness online resource center to provide arts organizations, healthcare facilities, and the general public with information about music and wellness.
Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), to establish a comprehensive music and wellness program in order to improve the healing process and reduce stress levels of hospital patients, employees, and patients’ visiting families. The two-part program, in partnership with the New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (NERHP), will include live, in-hospital therapeutic performances by PSO musician ensembles as well as a stress-reduction program for hospital employees that combines live classical music with resistive muscle movement and deep breathing exercises.
St. Louis Symphony, to develop SymphonyCares, a program providing free concerts and music therapy for adults and children in area hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes. One part of the program features joint performances for children by an orchestra violinist and a clown; duos of St. Louis Symphony musicians also perform monthly for patients receiving chemotherapy infusions at Saint Louis University Cancer Center. The orchestra is now expanding facilities and patients served, as well as the number of STL Symphony musicians involved, and will now perform at The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and, separately, for children and adults with development and intellectual disabilities.
In-School and After-School Programs
Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Recipients 2012-2013
Allentown Symphony Orchestra, to help fund El Sistema Lehigh Valley, an after-school initiative run in cooperation with the Allentown School District. The ‘social justice through music’ program helps underserved and special needs youth to develop life skills learned by participating in daily music instruction, large ensemble performances, and academic tutoring. Allentown School District is the 3rd largest of 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, with 88% (or nearly 15,900 children) coming from low-income families.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for OrchKids, a free in- and after-school music education program providing personalized music instruction, life skills training, academic assistance, healthy meals and positive mentorship to nearly 600 inner city students each year. In a typical OrchKids neighborhood, 71.2% of children live in single-parent, female-headed households and the high school completion rate is just 75%. The orchestra’s numerous partners include the Baltimore City Public School System, University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Peabody Institute, among others.
California Symphony Orchestra, for Sound Minds, a free, comprehensive after-school program for elementary school students in need, 100% of whom are eligible to participate in the free or reduced cost lunch program. Sound Minds features multiple modules, including music instruction, ensemble practice, theory and rhythm, community performances, and academic reading support. 120 first and second graders in Concord, CA will participate in 2013.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, for Young Strings, a music program for black and Hispanic children in grades 2 – 12 now celebrating its 20th year. The program features curriculum-based instruction, mentoring, master classes, performance opportunities, instrument loans, audition preparation, college application assistance, and career guidance, all provided free of charge. Young Strings aims to provide economically disadvantaged children with an opportunity to study a musical instrument, with a larger goal of increasing the diversity of American orchestras. More than 200 children will participate in 2013.
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, to expand its Kalamazoo Kids in Tune after-school music and youth development program. A partnership between the orchestra, Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Public Schools system, the program weaves the El Sistema philosophy and methodology of accessible, intensive, ensemble-based music learning through an after-school program for children with a high level of need. Non-music activities include a daily nutritious meal, weekly dance classes, daily homework help and 1-on-1 tutoring with volunteers for students with identified needs, and periodic field trips.
Los Angeles Philharmonic, for Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) one of the largest El Sistemainspired programs in the United States. The program provides free after-school instrumental instruction, ensemble performance opportunities, and academic support at two locations: YOLA EXPO Center in South LA and YOLA at Heart of LA (YOLA at HOLA) in the Rampart District. The students participating primarily attend Title I schools and live in neighborhoods with 75% of families’ household incomes at or below $20,000 per year.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, for Progressions, its intensive string training program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools and other urban schools. The program, now in its tenth season, provides private instruction and orchestral training in violin, viola, cello and bass to 3rd and 4th grade students.
Omaha Symphony Association, for More than Music, a program which pairs 4th, 5th and 6th grade elementary music students from Girls, Inc. with advanced high school and college student musicians for one-on-one musical instruction and mentoring. Students participate in Omaha Symphony music-focused outings, master classes, and side-by-side concerts with their mentors. 87% percent of the students served at Girls, Inc. are in households with an annual family income of $40,000 dollars or less, and over 81% live in single parent households or in environments without either parent.
Pacific Symphony, to develop Santa Ana Strings, a new collaborative project between the orchestra, Santa Ana Unified School District, and the non-profit organization THINK Together. 300 4th and 5th grade students from six Santa Ana elementary schools will receive year-round, in-school intensive group violin instruction from professional music educators; the program will also include an after-school and summer component. The program curriculum meets both the California Department of Education Music Content Standards and the Common Core Standards, promoting literacy as well as developing students’ ability to work together, analyze problems, and persevere in solving them.
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, for Community Opus Project, a communityresponsive, on-site, after-school program that provides affordable music education for children in Chula Vista, one of San Diego County’s lower income communities just seven miles from the Mexican border. Inspired by the El Sistema program, Opus serves more than 200 students at six primarily Title I elementary schools that do not offer music programs. In addition to a variety of community and funding partnerships, the orchestra has also joined with the University of California San Diego’s Center for Human Development and the Neurosciences Institute to conduct studies of Opus students to learn how music education affects children’s brain development and behavioral and cognitive skills.
Sphinx Virtuosi, for Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), an intensive summer music program serving aspiring black and Latino students in pursuit of classical music studies, but who have limited resources and access to consistent high-quality training. This full-scholarship program provides boarding, private lessons and chamber music training for 64 students aged 12- 17 who are based at two sites: SPA—Chicago at Northwestern University and SPA—Oberlin at the Oberlin Conservatory.
Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Recipients 2012-2013
Brooklyn Philharmonic, to further establish the Brooklyn Philharmonic Neighborhood Music Residencies, a series of site specific orchestral events taking place in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brighton Beach, Crown Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. To curate the events, which bring the arts to underserved communities, the orchestra partners with local organizations, as well as neighborhood artists and musicians. Program components include mainstage orchestral concerts, interactive music and arts workshops, chamber performances, and neighborhood walking tours.
Central Ohio Symphony, for a new criminal justice program utilizing drumming circles to engage court-involved adolescents with substance use disorders and/or mental illnesses. The orchestra will partner with the Treatment Court of the Delaware County Juvenile Court and local nonprofit treatment providers to help juvenile offenders gain control over their illness and/or substance disorder, take responsibility for their offense and their personal development, and reconnect as healthier individuals with their families and community.
Volunteer Notes Summer 2013
Active participation in the variety of events that are planned for the Conference will enable you to share many ideas on fundraising, increasing membership, and being better advocates for the art form we love.
And much, much more – wonderful ideas from nine selected projects will be swirling about the room! This year’s Roundtable projects/presenters include:
Linda Weisbruch, Volunteer Council
The primary purpose of this workshop was to improve the LA Philharmonic Affiliate members’ fundraising capabilities, and to build a closer working relationship with the development department of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
1. NOW is not the time to limit the charitable deduction for already stretched arts organizations.
2. Unlike the mortgage deduction (for example), charitable deductions don't give anything back to the donor.
3. Preserving the charitable deduction serves to broaden the arts.
4. There are 13.5 million workers in non-profit organizations around the country.
"The charitable deduction is more of a lifeline than a loophole," concluded Najean Lee.
Conference 2013 for Board Members
Each year the League of American Orchestras National Conference brings together over 1,000 top orchestra professionals and volunteers from around the country to network, learn, grow, and have fun. The programs, which are tailored to address the individual needs of a variety of stakeholders in the orchestra field, range from workshops, thoughtful seminars, skill-based sessions, concerts and networking events.
Board chairs will have the chance to attend a range of programming designed to suit their interests. Learn more here.
The League's 2013 National Conference will be held June 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri, with Pre-Conference seminars on June 16-18. Visit the Conference website to learn more and register now!
This is a collection of the resources available through the League of American Orchestras related to board governance and leadership. For a full list of the League's professional development resources, visit Learning Online.
Articles & Recommended Reading
From the League
- “Charting a Path,” by Lowell Noteboom and John Goldman
- "Good Governance for Challenging Times,” by Lowell Noteboom, Chair, League of American Orchestras (2003)
- “Stress Factors, ” An interview with Lowell Noteboom, Chair, League of American Orchestras, (2010)
- “The Board Chair Handbook," 2nd Edition (BoardSource publication)
- The League's Board Notes
- Boards That Make a Difference (J-B Carver Board Governance Series) by John Carver
- Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor
- The New Work of the Nonprofit Board by Barbara E. Taylor, Richard P. Chait, and Thomas P. Holland
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins
- Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins
- Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
- Nonprofit Boards That Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance by Maureen Robinson
- Driving Strategic Planning: A Nonprofit Executive's Guide, Second Edition by Sue Waechter, from BoardSource
- Nonprofit Executive Compensation: Planning, Performance and Pay, Second Edition, from BoardSource
Other non-League Materials
- BoardSource: Handbook of Nonprofit Governance (2010 edition)
- BoardSource Toolkit: Surviving the Financial Crisis
- BoardSource Toolkit: Who’s minding the money?
- Blue Avocado – Practical, provocative and fun food for thought for Not Profits
- Economic Downturn Articles from Blue Avocado
- BoardSource dissects the entire Form 990 and explains why your governance should care
- Helpful Q&A from BoardSource
- Toolkit for Boards completing the New Form 990
- Webinars from Center for Creative Leadership
Developed by BoardSource, these eBooks provide best practice strategies for nonprofit governance. For more information, click on the titles below.
- Diversity in Action
- The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members
- Governance Partnership: The Chief Executive's Guide to Getting the Best from the Board
- The Nonprofit Chief Executive’s Ten Basic Responsibilities
- Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
- Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
- Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
- Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
- The Nonprofit Board's Role in Mission, Planning and Evaluation
- Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards
BoardSource publishes its eBooks in the PDF format, which can be read on iPads, and on the Kindle 2 and above.
Board Self-Assessment Tool: Developed in partnership with BoardSource and customized for orchestras, this assessment tool identifies areas of strength and opportunities for growth.
Your Orchestra, Your Community: Roadmap to Success: A comprehensive assessment tool designed to help orchestras think deeply about their role in community from a holistic point of view and assess their own readiness for growth and improvement. An abridged version is also available.
Public Value Toolkit: An online toolkit of resources to assist orchestras in strategically assessing, improving, and communicating their public value. To access the Public Value Toolkit, your orchestra must be a League member.
Operating Reserve Policy Toolkit for Nonprofit Organizations: A resource to help make a compelling case within the organization for the need to establish an operating reserve.
Diversity in Action Assessment: A new diversity assessment tool developed by BoardSource for board members to assess their perception and value of diversity; policies and practices; and board culture and dynamics.
Audio & Video Resources
Hear directly from orchestra boards across the country and the lessons they have learned.
- How Boards Get Better Through Work: Arkansas Symphony & Berkeley Symphony
- How Board Self-assessment Builds Capacity, Performance and Impact: Rhode Island Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic
- How Boards Think About Financial Stewardship: Arkansas Symphony and Grand Junction Symphony
- A Portrait in Stabilization: Columbus Symphony
Vlog Series with National Governance Experts
Hear from and get advice directly from nationally recognized governance experts.