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New Overtime Rules Halted

November 23, 2016

New overtime regulations scheduled to go into effect December 1 were temporarily halted yesterday as a federal judge in Texas imposed a nationwide injunction.

The delay buys time for further legal consideration of the regulations, and court action could stretch beyond the January 20 inauguration of the Trump Administration. President-Elect Trump has been sharply critical of the new rules, and the Republican majority leadership in Congress has supported slowing their implementation. If court consideration extends beyond January 20, it is likely that Congress may act to undo the new rules, and the Trump Administration may drop defense of them in court.

According to Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, "A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the department's authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule's validity."

Many orchestras and other nonprofit employers have already put employee compensation changes in place, with just eight days left before the new rules were to take effect. The Society for Human Resource Management points out that while employers are now permitted to maintain their current compliance with overtime rules, it may be difficult to back-track on upcoming salary adjustments that were already communicated to employees. Alfred Robinson Jr., an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Washington, D.C. and a former acting administrator of the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division said, "Employers will likely want to leave decisions in place if they have already provided salary increases to employees in order to maintain their exempt status ...It would be difficult to take that back... If there are exempt employees who were going to be reclassified to nonexempt, but haven't been reclassified yet, employers may want to postpone those decisions and give the litigation a chance to play out."

The League will keep you posted as further information becomes available. In the meantime, this update from the National Council of Nonprofits may be helpful additional reading.

Mid-Winter Managers Weekend: Jan 28-30

Executive directors and youth orchestra administrators, please join us in Dallas for professional development and peer learning. 

After The Election: New Voices and Partners

Read League President and CEO Jesse Rosen's latest column in The Huffington Post and check out the latest news from our Washington, DC office. 

Inside Exemplary Service webinar

Now posted: our free webinar featuring the five musicians who received Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. 

Webinar posted: Building Arts Audiences

Learn how to use market research to develop your orchestra audience in this newly posted free webinar from the Wallace Foundation.

Professional Development Seminar, January 28-29

Register here.

 

Adaptive Leadership

Presenter: Horst Abraham

CEOs, vice presidents, directors, board chairs – any senior leader in the orchestra field – should join us for an important two-day seminar on Saturday afternoon, January 28 and Sunday morning, January 29 at The Westin Dallas Downtown.

Adaptive Leadership is an approach to making progress on complex challenges that don’t have an easy or known path forward. It builds our individual and organizational capacity to change and learn our way to solutions when there are no clear answers.

In this seminar, learn how to lead through the most critical challenges facing you and your orchestra.

Horst Abraham, a member of the Executive Education faculty, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, has been working intensively with orchestra CEO’s for the past four years and serves as a faculty member of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program.

            When:    January 28, 1:00-5:00pm

                         January 29, 9:00-12:00pm

            Where:   The Westin Dallas Downtown

                         1201 Main Street. Dallas, TX 75202

            Cost:      League members           $245

                          Non-members               $295

Hotel Reservations

The League has reserved a block of rooms at The Westin Dallas Downtown at the group-discount rate of $185 per night plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling
1 800 937 8461 and requesting the League of American Orchestras block of rooms.

Rooms must be booked by January 13, 2017 to secure the League’s rate.


We are Grateful to Our Supporters

Grantors Supporting this Professional Development Seminar
The seminar has been made possible by generous grants from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

Mid-Winter Managers Meeting and Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 28-30

Register here for one or both events.

Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 29-30

The League invites executive directors (and for youth orchestras, administrators) to attend the annual Mid-Winter Managers Meeting, January 29-30, 2017, Sunday afternoon through Monday, to be held at The Westin Dallas Downtown in Dallas, Texas. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow executives, share ideas, and learn the latest about what is happening in the field today.

Cost: $245 ($210 for youth orchestra staff)

Opening Plenary: New Frameworks for Communicating Impact

Presenter: Ilsa Flanagan

Orchestras in communities of all sizes confront ongoing challenges in making the case for new and renewed investment in this art form. The key to clearly conveying the relevance of orchestras to funders, government, and the public at large requires getting inside the heads of those we wish to influence, and understanding what assumptions and values drive their priorities. Learn how our partners at the National Human Services Assembly are tackling a similar challenge by creating new communications strategies, fueled by insights from The Frameworks Institute, that can build value and understanding across political, racial, and socio-economic lines. Join a conversation that will help you design first steps towards a new strategy for collaboration and communication in your community.

Ilsa Flanagan is Program Director of the National Reframing Initiative, which seeks to create a new narrative for human services, encourage more vibrant civic participation, and deepen support for effective programs. The National Reframing Initiative is a program of the National Human Services Assembly, a Washington, DC-based association comprised of over 80 of the largest national nonprofit human service organizations.

Constituency Group Meetings

Enjoy two days of meeting with your peers. Agendas for your individual group meetings can be found here:

Group 1         

Group 2

Group 3-4

Group 5-6

Group 7-8

Youth

Pre-Meeting Seminar, January 28-29

Please also join us for an important two-day seminar to be held on Saturday, January 28, 1:00-5:00pm and Sunday, January 29, 9:00-12:00pm, at The Westin Dallas Downtown.

Seminar: Adaptive Leadership

Presenter: Horst Abraham

Adaptive Leadership is an approach to making progress on complex challenges that don’t have an easy or known path forward. It builds our individual and organizational capacity to change and learn our way to solutions when there are no clear answers.

In this seminar, learn how to lead through the most critical challenges facing you and your orchestra. 

Horst Abraham, member of the Executive Education faculty, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, has been working intensively with orchestra CEO’s for the past four years and serves as a faculty member of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program.

Hotel Reservations

The League has reserved a block of rooms at The Westin Dallas Downtown at the group-discount rate of $185 per night plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling
1 800 937 8461 and requesting the League of American Orchestras block of rooms.

Rooms must be booked by January 13, 2017 to secure the League’s rate.


We are Grateful to Our Supporters

Grantors Supporting the Pre-Meeting Seminar
The pre-meeting seminar has been made possible by generous grants from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sponsors of the Mid-Winter Managers Meeting
boomerang carnets | CIB, Opening Night Reception
The Cliburn, Monday Breakfast Sponsor
TALASKE | Sound Thinking, Name Badge Sponsor

 

 

 

Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising

Professional Development Seminar in San Francisco, CA

Want to give your organization an opportunity to significantly increase the potential of the board’s development efforts? Attend Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising, a professional development seminar presented by the League of American Orchestras' Noteboom Governance Center. Register Here.

This seminar is presented by the League of American Orchestras in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO).

Improve the Odds of Successfully Accomplishing Your Fundraising Mission

It's never been more important for the board and staff to work together effectively to solicit financial support for your organization. Perfect for board-staff teams, this practical session addresses the complementary roles board members play in their organization's governance and resource development.

The session begins with a close look at board recruitment, structure, operations, and culture, knowing that weak boards don't raise funds effectively. The second part of the session focuses on how to involve board members in effective fundraising and their role in supporting your bequest and planned giving program.

Topics Covered in This Day-Long Session Will Include:

  • Trends impacting governance and fundraising in the nonprofit sector
  • Why some nonprofits confuse volunteering with governance
  • Legal obligations of nonprofit boards
  • How great boards profile before recruiting
  • Why term limits are essential for a fundraising board
  • How successful fundraising is not about asking for money

Who Should Attend?

Board members, executive directors/CEOs, senior development staff. To derive the maximum benefit and truly multiply the force of your development efforts, teams of board and staff members are encouraged to attend.

Your Seminar Leader

Chuck V. Loring

Chuck Loring, a senior partner of Loring, Sternberg & Associates, has consulted on governance matters with, among other orchestras, the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.


 

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 8:30am- 4:00pm
  Registration opens at 8:00am
  Lunch is included

 

Where:

 

Davies Symphony Hall (home of the San Francisco Symphony)

  201 Van Ness Avenue
  San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Cost:

 

 

$245 per person for League and/or ACSO members ($295 for non-members)

Registration:     

Click here for online registration.

 


Please plan to join us at a reception after the seminar from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

And while they last, get specially priced tickets to that evening's performance by the San Francisco Symphony (purchase by January 31, 2017 required).

John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Social justice, political unrest, miracles, and resurrection. Join the San Francisco Symphony in celebrating John Adams’ 70th birthday with “the most sophisticated, majestic, and moving [music] of his career.” (Los Angeles Times) With a libretto by Peter Sellars built on texts and poems from feminist writers and social activists.

Concert 8:00 pm.

Register here now.


This seminar, offered through the League’s Noteboom Governance Center, is made possible, in part, by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The League’s Noteboom Governance Center is supported by leadership gifts from Richard and Kay Fredericks Cisek, The Clinton Family Fund, Marcia and John Goldman, and the Sargent Family Foundation.


This seminar is presented by the League of American Orchestras in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO).

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

Orchestra Facts: 2006 to 2014 – a new study

The League has released its first longitudinal report on orchestra finances & operations.

Orchestra Facts: 2006-2014

Quick Links

Orchestra Facts: 2006-2014 is the first in what will become a regularly published and publicly available series of longitudinal reports commissioned by the League of American Orchestras. Drawing on multiple data sources, Orchestra Facts looks back over a nine-year period from 2006 to 2014 to tell the story of orchestra finances and operations through the recession years and beyond. While each orchestra has its own circumstances, the aggregate data in this report provides an essential foundation for analysis, understanding, debate, and action for the field at large.

The data analysis was conducted by Dr. Zannie Giraud Voss, a highly regarded academic researcher at Southern Methodist University, and colleagues. Dr. Voss is also the author of Theatre Facts and heads the National Center for Arts Research. Dr. Karen Yair, the VP of the League's Knowledge Center, is a co-author of the written report.

The League is grateful to the many orchestras that have contributed to the League's Orchestra Statistical Report, which provides one of the data sets for this report. We also thank the committees of member CEO's, CFO's, PR directors, League musician board members, and others (p. 28) who advised on this report from its inception.

Overall, the report tells the story of orchestras' resilience and scope of activity across the country, indicating a clear recovery from the great recession and demonstrating the depth and breadth of community engagement. For a good overview of the report, we recommend the Summary of Key Findings (pp. 4-5) and the Conclusions (page 20).

You may also wish to read the press release that the League disseminated to national media outlets. For more background, see this Question and Answer page, which the League created based on questions we received during the development of this report.

 

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This project was supported in part by an award from the Research: Art Works program at the National Endowment for the Arts: Grant #13-3800-7015.

 

Additional funding was provided by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.