Your Orchestra and COVID-19 Federal Relief

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Thanks in part to advocacy by the League and its members and partners, three significant federal COVID-19 relief packages offer support for orchestras and their workforces. Join this free webinar for a topline overview of what is known as of now about paid leave requirements and relief, economic injury loans, payroll relief, and expanded unemployment benefits available for employees and independent contractors – and more. 
We will also explore how immediate forms of COVID-19 relief relate to the new need for crisis management through mid- and longer-term financial planning and strategic thinking. There will be ample time during this session to address questions from webinar participants, so please come prepared with your thoughts.
Speakers: LaKeisha Caton and Kyle Miller, Pryor Cashman, LLP; Susan Nelson, TDC 
Moderator: Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras

Who Should Attend?

Executive directors, youth orchestra directors, trustees, finance staff, HR staff, development and fundraising staff, and anyone seeking to learn more about the federal COVID-19 relief packages.

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About the Speakers

LaKeisha M.A. Caton is a member of Pryor Cashman’s Labor + Employment, Corporate and Litigation Groups. She has a comprehensive litigation background, with a focus on employment-related matters. Her experience representing both management and high-level executives in labor and employment disputes provides her with a well-rounded approach for obtaining the best outcome for the client. LaKeisha enjoys working with a diverse clientele on a wide range of issues that arise throughout the employment relationship. While a student at Harvard Law School, LaKeisha was on the Board of the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. She also interned with multiple children’s rights organizations during which time she represented individual clients and prepared for large class actions.

Kyle Miller, a member of Pryor Cashman’s Banking + Finance and Corporate Groups, works on numerous matters that are focused on banking, securities, and general corporate law. With experience in a wide variety of financing transactions, he represents borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured loan transactions, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities. Corporations, emerging technology companies, leading banking institutions, and underwriters appreciate Kyle’s meticulous attention to detail in their transactional matters. Conscientious and proactive, he handles banking and debt securities matters, negotiates and structures corporate finance deals, and works on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Whether representing JPMorgan Chase Bank in a $2.89 billion credit facility provided to one of the nation’s largest mutual fund groups or organizing construction financing for major real estate developers, Kyle ensures his clients are able to navigate the complex web of legal, commercial, and regulatory issues that companies face when entering into financing transactions.

Susan Nelson, executive vice president, TDC, has been with the company since 1987. Over the years, she has led a wide range of projects that include mergers, strategic business plans, financial restructuring, and facilities planning. Susan’s practice focuses on the complex challenge of aligning an organization’s strategy, implementation plan, and financial sustainability. Her deep financial and market analysis skills and hands-on operational experience have given her a special expertise in how to scale an organization to an appropriate size while creating a sustainable financial capitalization plan. She has worked with clients of all sizes across the country in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, and social services. She also works with foundation clients to develop effective grantmaking programs and strengthen their investments in organizations. Susan is a regular presenter at conferences including those of the League of American Orchestras, Theater Communications Group, Opera America, Opera Canada, National Black Theater Alliance, Shakespeare Theater Association, Jewish Funders Network, and Grantmakers in the Arts. Prior to joining TDC, she held management positions at a variety of nonprofits and public agencies, including the Boston Housing Authority and the Opera Company of Boston.

Heather Noonan is the Vice President for Advocacy for the League of American Orchestras. From the League’s Washington, D.C. office, Heather represents orchestras to national policy leaders in the arenas of government arts funding, education reform, international cultural activity, and nonprofit and philanthropic policies, and leads the League’s efforts to communicate the public value of orchestras and to increase orchestras’ local advocacy capacity. Heather directs the League’s technical assistance to orchestras navigating the complex aviation and protected species rules related to travel with musical instruments, and represented global music interests in treaty negotiations at the 17th and 18th Conferences of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. She established and edits the League web site Artists from Abroad: The Complete Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirements for Foreign Guest Artists. Heather is the convener of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the working group of national arts, humanities, and cultural stakeholders that collaborate year-round to advance federal policy priorities. She is a recipient of the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

Important Background Reading

You'll want to read the League's overview of the three federal relief packages on our Coronavirus resource page.


Please contact David Styers, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This webinar is made possible by generous grants from American Express, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.