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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. 

New! Protected species webinar posted

Watch a free webinar with experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on new rules for travel with musical instruments.

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.

Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising

Better your board’s fundraising odds. Attend this seminar in San Francisco, Feb. 16, 2017, presented by the League and ACSO.

Nominate a musician by Feb 3

The League is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. More info here.

League & New Music USA announce Music Alive residences

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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.

Click here for Constituency Group Meetings.

Click here for Opening Plenary.

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