Fearless Journeys

Innovation in Five American Orchestras

Fearless Journeys is a first-of-its-kind case study about innovation in orchestras. The five stories featured in the book are only a few examples of how the orchestra field is testing important new approaches to administrative and artistic organization, community partnerships, and artistic initiatives. The study also highlights the factors that have enabled innovation in all five orchestras in the study. Fearless Journeys is hard evidence that, even in these challenging times, the field is taking risks and discovering ways to become increasingly resilient.

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Fearless Journeys is a research project and publication of the League of American Orchestras.

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Fearless Journeys is made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation.

Additional support for Fearless Journeys is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.