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League elects three new Board members

Learn more about Lester Abberger, Practichi Shah, and Nathaniel J. Sutton here.

2016 Pops Listing

List Your Pops Attractions in Symphony magazine!

Deadline: Wednesday, August 17

Symphony is once again offering the opportunity for artist managers and self-represented artists to list their pops attractions, by genre, in the fall (October) issue of the magazine.

These Pops Listings include the name of the artist or attraction, name of artist representation or management company, contact e-mail, and website. The listings serve as a reference guide for orchestra decision-makers charged with booking their pops seasons.
If you aren’t familiar with Symphony’s Pops Listings, you can see last year’s listings on page 44 of the Fall 2015 issue here.

As an added distribution bonus, a link to the Pops Listings will also be included on The Hub, the League’s daily online news aggregator, in early November.

 

You may choose from several options:

Option 1: Pops Listing Only

To purchase your Pops Listing, please submit our Pops Listing form

Pricing for each listing is $100 per basic listing, $50 for each additional genre.

You can also make your pops attractions stand out from the rest by purchasing an expanded listing. The expanded listing includes a 30-word description of your artist or attraction, and a headshot or company logo.

Option 2: Pops Listing with Ad Purchase

If you purchase an ad in the fall (October) issue of Symphony magazine, those artists or groups appearing in the ad will be included in the Pops Listings free of charge.* In order to receive your free listing, your artist must appear in the ad. 

To purchase an ad in this issue, please use the “Pops Listing (with Ad)” form to reserve your space and submit your listings.

Symphony magazine’s 2016 media kit can be found here.

The deadline for submitting your pops attractions is Wednesday, August 17.  For any questions on the Pops Listing section of Symphony magazine, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

*Ads under ½ page receive up to eight complimentary listings with the purchase of an ad.  Ads larger than ½ page receive up to fifteen complimentary listings with the purchase of an ad.

Summer Policy Round-up: Ivory Rules, Visas, Funding, & Music Ed

July 8, 2016

Ivory rules take effect

Fresh guidance is now available about the impact of ivory rules for musicians. On July 6, new policies officially took effect for international travel and domestic commerce with musical instruments that contain small quantities of African elephant ivory. The League played a key leadership role in national conversations with White House officials, top leadership at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Congress, and conservation organizations to successfully seek solutions that would address urgent conservation concerns while also protecting international cultural activity. Visit our dedicated resource center for detailed information about new USFWS guidance that spells out how to access exemptions for musical instruments.

Visas: seeking more expedience, not expense!

This week, the League led a broad coalition of national performing arts organizations calling for immediate improvements to the U.S. visa process for international artists. Amidst lengthy processing delays, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed making it more costly to apply for the required visas for foreign guest artists, increasing the filing fee by 42% from $325 to $460. The date for implementing the proposed fee increase has not yet been set. The League has submitted comments on behalf of orchestras - and in partnership with a national nonprofit performance arts coalition including the American Federation of Musicians, Performing Arts Alliance, The Recording Academy, and many others - urging USCIS to make immediate improvements to the artist visa process.

Federal funding: your summer homework with elected officials

Given that this is an election year, the House and Senate are taking a long summer recess, which makes the prospects uncertain for the federal budget to be completed. Bills that are of importance to the orchestra community are on the move, and here is the latest on where things stand:

  • National Endowment for the Arts: The House Appropriations Committee has recommended $149.849 million for FY17, which equals the President's request for the agency and would be an increase of $2 million from its current budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee has also recommended an increase, but a smaller one - just $500,000 above the FY16 budget.
  • Arts EducationOne new area of funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act is for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program, which will support learning in "well-rounded subjects" including the arts. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved just $300 million for this program, which falls far short of the already paltry $500 million requested by the Administration. House Appropriators have approved $1 billion. Meanwhile the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) program received a Senate Appropriations recommendation for level funding of $27 million while the House has not advanced funding for the program.
  • Cultural Exchange: The House Subcommittee has recommended $112 million in FY17 for the U.S. Department of State's Office of Citizen Exchanges, which administers arts, sports, youth, and other exchanges. The Senate is further along in its process, with the Appropriations Committee having just approved $107.69 million, a more modest increase above the FY16 level. In its report language accompanying the funding recommendation, Senate Appropriators made special mention of youth orchestras:

    Citizen Exchange Programs.-The Committee encourages the Secretary of State to support, from funds provided for Citizen Exchange programs, exchanges for youth orchestra and other musical ensembles administered by the Youth Programs Division in coordination with the Cultural Programs Division.

Take action for music education

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks an important, new opportunity to ensure that every student has access to arts and music education. Now, even more of the decisions about how the arts are supported in education will be made at the state and local levels. As civic-minded community-based organizations, America's adult and youth orchestras work every day - through their programs, partnerships, and policy engagement - to increase access to music education in our nation's schools and communities. The League has prepared an ESSA Resource Center with links that provide an overview of the new law, public statements to elected officials that urge full funding and support, resources to equip arts advocates at the state and local level, and next steps for orchestras to take action

O and P Visa Fee Increase Ahead: Urge USCIS to Make Improvements Now!

July 6, 2016 (This is an update to our originally posted item from June 28, 2016)

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed making it more costly to apply for the required visas for foreign guest artists, and is inviting public comments on its plans to increase the filing fee for an I-129 petition for an O or P artist visa from $325 to $460 – a 42% increase. The Premium Processing Service fee would remain at the current rate of $1,225 – still out of reach for most nonprofit arts organizations. The date for implementing the proposed fee increase has not yet been set.

The League has submitted comments on behalf of orchestras in partnership with a national nonprofit performance arts coalition. We also invite our members to weigh in as well. USCIS is accepting public comment on their fee proposal via the Federal Register through July 6, 2016. To learn more, please visit our special online campaign that lists the improvements we are seeking and provides an easy way for you to participate in this public comment process.

The League in the news

The League is often called upon to provide national context on an array of vital issues, See recent media coverage here.

Speak up today! Congress advances NEA funding this week

June 14, 2016

The House Interior Subcommittee has approved a $2 million increase for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in FY2017, matching the President's budget request. Today, the Senate Interior Subcommittee approved an increase of $500,000. Every dollar matters - and so does your voice - as both the House and Senate move the NEA's funding forward for further consideration. The full House Appropriations Committee acts tomorrow, and the Senate Appropriations Committee plans to take up the bill on Thursday. Now is the time for you, as a constituent of these key decision makers, to weigh in and remind your members of Congress just how important the NEA is in bringing the transformative power of the arts to all corners of the country.  

CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY: Join us in urging Appropriators to support increased funding for the NEA in FY17!

New League guide on orchestra governance

Smart, succinct advice–Effective Orchestra Governance: A Guide for Boards is a new book from the League, free for members to download.

New ivory rules support musical instruments

On July 6, new rules will take effect for int’l travel and domestic commerce with musical instruments that contain African elephant ivory. Read our overview here.

Take Action to Support Music Education. Write to Your Senator!

June 6, 2016

You are receiving this alert because your orchestra is located in the state of a Senator who will be considering funding levels for the U.S. Department of Education this week! On Thursday, June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee will consider the first funding bill to implement the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
 
We are asking Senators to take the following actions to help close huge disparities in access to music education in our nation's schools as they consider funding levels in the FY17 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill:

Please use the League's online email campaign to send a customized message to your Senator today.
 
Thank you for your ongoing advocacy in support of music education!

Effective Orchestra Governance: A Guide for Boards – free to members

Effective Orchestra Governance: A Guide for Boards is a new book from the League of American Orchestras, filled with smart, succinct advice and free for members to download. (The League mailed a hard copy in June 2016 to member orchestra board chairs and executive directors.)

As Jesse Rosen, the League’s President and CEO writes in the foreword, “We are fortunate to bring forward the expert voices of Ellen Hirzy, Lowell Noteboom, and David Nygren, that combine to convey governance guidance that is both grounded in the most recent research and practice, and field-tested against the reality of orchestras in the 21st century.

“This book is just one recent example of the League’s many resources designed to support orchestra board members and excellence in governance practice. I hope it will be useful, and I encourage readers to take advantage of all the resources we have available through our Noteboom Governance Center.”

Register to download your copy through this link.