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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.

 

Alan Valentine Wishes the League a Happy Anniversary


Alan Valentine, President and CEO, Nashville Symphony Orchestra

 

 Brenda Marie Turney, Alumni, League's Essentials of Orchestra Management


 

Sara Mummey on How the League Creates a Community, Helping Orchestra Constituents Connect and Create Peer Groups

Sara Mummey, Executive Director, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Board of Directors, League of American Orchestras

 

Alan Jordan on how the League brings orchestras from across the country together to work towards common goals



Alan Jordan, Executive Director, Delaware Symphony Orchestra

75th Anniversary Testimonials

"Our first participation in a conference was in Washington, D.C. I went with our orchestra treasurer and his wife.  It was an eye opening experience that gave us the tools to increase our funding, improve our administrative team, engage more volunteers, and raise our musical standard.  We are very appreciative of the work of the League in supporting orchestras throughout the country, even smaller community orchestras like ours.  Wishing the League a very productive 75th anniversary," 

Sara Penny, Past President, Orchestra of Southern Utah



"Earlier this Fall, our organization got word that our Executive Director was one of 11 people picked to be in the League's Emerging Leaders program. Having a staff of 3 and one of them being picked to represent us in this way brought so much joy and confidence to our organization. We are in the midst of finding our new Maestro/Music Director and getting that recognition from the League showed us that we are amongst a greater team of people who are passionate about music and the importance of it in our day and age."

Rachel Hansen, Director of Marketing and Special Events, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra



"The League has been a wonderful resource for the Central Ohio Symphony. Not only it its meetings, resources and industry information and defining trends, but also the extraordinary opportunity to develop and support programs of change in our community. Two projects in particular stand out, the first being the Ford Made in America program and being awarded a residency Joseph Schwantner for Chasing Light… That experience changed way we interact and defined a new mission for the Symphony in our community. The second were the Getty Education and Community Investment grants. We were awarded three for a groundbreaking program of therapeutic drumming in the local court system. It has brought tremendous good to those in need, recognition to our organization and lead to our presenting at several League national conferences."

Warren Hyer, Executive Director, Central Ohio Symphony

 

League Giving Day
June 14, 2018

 


On Thursday, June 14, the League of American Orchestras will host its 2nd Annual League Giving Day.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 in just 24 hours and increase awareness of the important work that the League does on behalf of orchestras.

Donations made on League Giving Day will support the League’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work* and help us continue to support you, as you create the greatest impact for your communities.

As part of League Giving Day we are offering two raffle opportunities:

  • With a gift of $50 or more** you will automatically be entered in a raffle to win the NEW 9.7—inch iPad, 128GB WiFi.
  • Gifts of $125 or more** will also be eligible to win a set of cello strings donated by Yo-Yo Ma. These strings have been used and played by Yo-Yo Ma, himself!


Gifts made between 12:00am and 11:59pm on Thursday, June 14 will be eligible. Winners will be chosen at the Closing Session of our National Conference, on Friday, June 15. Each increment of $50 or $125, respectively, earns you an extra chance to win (i.e., make a gift of $250 and you will have two chances to win Yo-Yo Ma's cello strings and five chances to win an iPad).

*For more information on the League’s DEI work, see Spotlight: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and to hear League stakeholders speak about the importance of this work, check out these videos: 

 

Aubrey Bergauer

   

 

 

Anthony McGill

           
           

Daniel Bernard Roumain

       

Pratichi Shah

 


Supporting League Giving Day is simple:

  • On June 14, 2018, between 12:00am and 11:59pm, 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 14, 2018 with “League Giving Day” in the memo line. You can send this check anytime between now and June 14, 2018.

  • If you are attending the League’s National Conference in Chicago, the donor desk will be set up to accept gifts for League Giving Day.

Help us raise awareness! Be a League Giving Day Ambassador.

League Giving Day is largely an e-mail and social media campaign—and in the countdown to June 14, we will be sharing information about work the League is doing and asking stakeholders to make a gift. We encourage everyone to share these messages via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any platform you have at your disposal.

If you are interested in taking an active role in helping us amplify our message and raise awareness, you can sign up to be an official League Giving Day Ambassador in just a few quick moments.

As a League Giving Day Ambassador you will be…

  • provided with materials to help you be a successful advocate for League Giving Day
  • recognized for your efforts on our League Giving Day website.
  • entered into a raffle for special League Giving Day prizes.

Thank you to our current League Giving Day Ambassadors:

Aubrey Bergauer | Caroline Greenberg | Marian Godfrey | Vijay Gupta | Scott Harrison

 Erin Horan | Jennifer Koh | Yo-Yo Ma | Leslie Marks | Jonathan Martin

 Anthony McGill | Alfred (Fred) P. Moore l Sara Mummey | Heather Noonan 

 Tresa Radermacher | Andrea Reinkemeyer l Jesse Rosen l Daniel Bernard Roumain 

 Helen Shaffer | Pratichi Shah | Samara Ungar | Dina-Marie Weineck | Sonja Winker


For any questions regarding League Giving Day please contact Samara Ungar, manager of the annual fund, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646 822 4008.

League Giving Day starts now! 

#CreateImpactToday 

Today, Thursday, June 14marks ourLeague Giving Day

 

 

The goal is to raise $100,000 before midnight to support our diversity, equity, and inclusion work* and help us continue to support you, as you create the greatest impact for your community.  

As part of League Giving Day we are offering two raffle opportunities: 

  • With a gift of $50 or more** you will automatically be entered in a raffle to win the NEW 9.7—inch iPad, 128GB WiFi. 

  • Gifts of $125 or more** will also be eligible to win a set of cello strings donated by Yo-Yo Ma. These strings have been used and played by Yo-Yo Ma, himself! 

 
Gifts made between 12:00am and 11:59pm on Thursday, June 14 will be eligible. Winners will be chosen at the Closing Session of our National Conference, on Friday, June 15. Each increment of $50 or $125, respectively, earns you an extra chance to win (i.e., make a gift of $250 and you will have two chances to win Yo-Yo Ma's cello strings and five chances to win an iPad). 

*For more information on the League’s DEI work, see Spotlight: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and to hear League stakeholders speak about the importance of this work, check out these videos: 

 

Aubrey Bergauer

   

 

 

Anthony McGill

           
           

Daniel Bernard Roumain

       

Pratichi Shah

 


Supporting League Giving Day is simple:


Thank you to our current League Giving Day Ambassadors:

Aubrey Bergauer | Caroline Greenberg | Marian Godfrey | Vijay Gupta | Scott Harrison

 Erin Horan | Jennifer Koh | Yo-Yo Ma | Leslie Marks | Jonathan Martin

 Anthony McGill | Alfred (Fred) P. Moore l Sara Mummey | Heather Noonan 

 Tresa Radermacher | Andrea Reinkemeyer l Jesse Rosen l Daniel Bernard Roumain 

 Helen Shaffer | Pratichi Shah | Samara Ungar | Dina-Marie Weineck | Sonja Winker


League Giving Day is largely an e-mail and social media campaign. The more people we can reach and the more personal touches we can create, the louder our message will be amplified.  

Please consider sharing a League Giving Day message with your network, today! 

@orchleague    |    #LeagueGivingDay 


For any questions regarding League Giving Day please contact Samara Ungar, manager of the annual fund, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Donor Desk.

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:

Boardroom Chemistry: Getting Your Board to Govern as a Team
The Board Chair Handbook, Third Edition
Getting on Board with Effective Orientation


Boardroom Chemistry: Getting Your Board to Govern as a Team (Normally $30.00 – preview)

Every board struggles with group dynamics — the ways in which individual board members interact with each other and function (or don't) as an effective team. Successful boards have figured out how to make the most of the various relationships (chief executive to board, board chair to board, and board member to board member) so that the work of the board assumes greater importance than any individual or relationship. But, it's not easy. That's why BoardSource created Boardroom Chemistry: Getting Your Board to Govern as a Team. This book contains 24 tools designed to help your board function more effectively by focusing on the following:

  • Board composition (and the role played by board size and diversity)
  • Board structure (such as term limits and how structure can enhance or inhibit teambuilding)
  • Cultural and behavioral barriers (and how to understand and overcome them)
  • Ways to engage detached board members
  • Decision-making and other meeting practices
  • Listening skills (and how to develop them) and use them to resolve conflicts
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The Board Chair Handbook, Third Edition (Normally $45.00 – preview)

This book is organized into three sections:

  • The Foundation: Building Individual Capacity (Part I) focuses on preparing to take on the tasks and responsibilities of the board chair, beginning with an exploration of the personal decision to accept the job and covering roles, relationships, and skills.
  • The Journey: Optimizing the Work of the Board (Part II) deals with the application of strong leadership and sound governance practices with a focus on board process and board tasks.
  • The Finale: Creating Endings and New Beginnings (Part III) addresses how to prepare for the end of your term as board chair, the importance of closure, and answering, “What’s next?”

Each chapter ends with a list of Board Chair’s Reminders—key tasks to help you do your job effectively. Appendix 1 provides a summary of these lists. Appendix 2 lists the twelve principles of exceptional governance found in The Source (BoardSource, 2005).

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Getting on Board with Effective Orientation (Normally $30.00 – preview)

Congratulations! You’ve recruited talented and eager board members. Your work is done—or is it? New board members should not be left on their own to figure out what to do next. By putting them through an effective orientation program, you will strengthen your board and empower your entire organization. Board members who are oriented properly are more knowledgeable about governing and better prepared to oversee your nonprofit’s strategic direction, allowing you to make the best use of their expertise. In this book you’ll find proven advice and practical tips, along with questions to stimulate board discussion around important orientation topics. The 34 tools address the benefits of orientation, the governance committee’s role, what to include in an orientation manual, the benefits of mentoring, individual board member responsibilities, ways to create regular opportunities for board education, and many more issues about board orientation. The toolkit also provides samples of a board member letter of agreement, an agenda for an orientation retreat, and the contents of a board orientation manual.

 

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Governance Videos

These 2018 videos are the first in a series from the League of American Orchestras made possible by the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

They offer speed learning—quick takes on concepts essential to the effective board governance of orchestras.

If you’d like to learn more about orchestra governance, be sure to check out the many resources online in the League of American Orchestras Noteboom Governance Center, especially the concise, authoritative guide, Effective Orchestra Governance, upon which these videos are based.

 

5 Ways to Active Your Orchestra Board (4 minutes)


 

Evaluating the Orchestra CEO and Music Director (4 minutes)

If you’d like to learn more about orchestra governance, be sure to check out the many resources on the League of American Orchestras Noteboom Governance Center.