The Power of Diversity Through the Arts article by Andrés T. Tapia

All the World’s a Stage:  Venues and Settings, and the Role they Play in Shaping Patterns of Arts Participation
By Alan Brown

Arts Participation Leadership Initiative
The Wallace Foundation and the Washington State Arts Commission are partnering on an innovative, four-year arts funding partnership designed to develop the skills and expertise of leaders of arts organizations to build arts participation. The Washington State Arts Commission with the support of The Wallace Foundation, is pleased to announce a new, one-time initiative to stimulate innovative practices in building arts participation. The Arts Participation Innovations grants will provide up to $30,000 for the design and implementation of innovative projects that build on key concepts of the Arts Participation Leadership Initiative (APLI). These key concepts focus on building arts participation, especially among young and/or culturally diverse participants, and expanding access to the arts through new technology.
Baltimore Symphony, BSO Passport
Are you an under 40-something who happens to be into classical music? We know you’re out there!
With the BSO Passport, you can escape to the BSO and enjoy our world-class orchestra and guest artists all throughout the 2012-2013 season! This program is designed to provide you with an easy, flexible and affordable way to take a break from your busy life and experience the BSO’s exceptional programming at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall AND the Music Center at Strathmore. Once you’ve purchased your pass, simply return to this website to select your concerts. We’ll give you about a month of concert options at a time so that you can plan ahead for your visit. Be on the look-out for your BSO Passport Card in the mail. You will need that and a valid ID with proof of age in order to pick up your tickets. If you’re bringing a guest, additional tickets may be purchased for just $25!

Building Communities, Not Audiences:  The Future of the Arts in the US
Written and edited by Doug Borwick, holds that established arts organizations, for practical and moral reasons, need to be more deeply connected to their communities. It serves as an essential primer for any member of the arts community–artist, administrator, board member, patron, or friend–who is interested in the future of the arts in the U.S. It also provides new ways of looking at the arts as a powerful force for building better communities and improving the lives of all.  

Chicago Symphony’s Beyond the Score
Designed not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers looking to delve deeper into the world of classical music, the first half of each Beyond the Score® program offers a multimedia examination of the selected score-its context in history, how it fits into the composer’s output of works, the details of a composer’s life that influenced its creation-sharing the illuminating stories found “inside” the music.  Weaving together historical narrative with live actors, visual illustrations and musical examples played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beyond the Score Creative Director Gerard McBurney guides the audience through each masterpiece, engaging the imagination and the ear.

Cincinnati Symphony, One City, One Symphony program
One City, One Symphony is the CSO’s new program that encourages our entire community to come together through music. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, concluding with the exhilarating "Ode to Joy", is the perfect vehicle to engage each other in a celebration of our shared humanity.

The CSO’s brass quintet performed live in Concourse B of the International Airport in December, 2012 to kick off a new partnership between the airport and the symphony. The partnership enables the Northern Kentucky International Airport Partnership (CVG) to broadcast the CSO’s recorded music to passengers throughout the airport during the holidays and beyond.

Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation
A new study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown. It draws insights from more than 100 nonprofit arts groups and other experts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The report presents a new model for understanding levels of arts engagement as well as case studies of participatory arts in practice. It also addresses many of the concerns that arts organizations may have in supporting participatory arts practices and provides inspiration and ideas for exploring this growing trend.

Green Bay Commission Club

Memphis Symphony, Leading from Every Chair Program
Leading From Every Chair® is a day-long workshop that pulls back the curtain on the Memphis Symphony Orchestra to reveal effective teamwork, successful leadership and creative problem-solving that lead to stellar performances. Through a series of hands-on activities, participants are:

  • Stimulated by the high level of personal commitment exhibited by each member of the orchestra and its impact on a successful final product.
  • Challenged to evaluate their own communication style against the efficient, concise communication models presented by the orchestra.
  • Inspired by the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation that lead to a clearly defined goal.

Michael Kaiser on Engaging Audiences

Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Music on the Move Program

National Performing Arts Convention – recommended posts on audience development

National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Placemaking Report
In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.

New York Philharmonic’s 360 Program
NY Phil’s 360 webcast
NY Times article about the 360 program

The New York Philharmonic explores the spatial qualities of the Armory’s soaring, 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with four iconic works in which the orchestra members surround the audience. The centerpiece of the evening will be the rarely-performed Gruppen by Karlheinz Stockhausen—a work that requires three orchestras and three conductors. Also on the program are Pierre Boulez’s Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna, the Finale of Act I from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, and Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question.

New World Symphony, New Ears, New Eyes – What New Audiences Are Telling Us - PDF
The New World Symphony is exploring five performance formats and conducting research with the patrons:  WALLCAST™ Concerts, Mini Concerts, Journey Concerts, Discovery Concerts, and Pulse:  Late Night at the New World Symphony.  We believe our music can be meaningful to far more people than those who are currently in our audience.  By studying the audiences’ depth of experience and watching their ticket buying patterns, we endeavor to find new ways of engaging audiences for the benefit of the listeners themselves and to provide more stability for the art form.  By sharing this research data with other orchestras, they can make informed decisions when programming for the engagement of new audiences.

Orchestra Engagement Lab
The purpose of the Lab is to lead orchestra leaders, musicians and teaching artists to imagine, design and present bold community engagement projects that support the premiere of a new hybrid work and inspire audiences to learn something new about themselves and their world.  Each year the Orchestra Engagement Lab will organize a commissioning consortium for a new hybrid work that celebrates the intersections of musical cultures. 

Pacific Symphony, OC Can You Play?  
A three-prong project, Pacific Symphony launched “OC Can You Play?” in January 2011, by placing 20 hand-painted pianos throughout Orange County for all to enjoy. In March 2011, “OC Can You Sing?,” invited amateur singers to audition by video for a chance to perform with the Symphony. Four finalists sang on the Pops series with Katharine McPhee and the winner, chosen by audience vote, performed with the Symphony in 2012. “OC Can You Play With Us?,” in May 2011, gave adult amateur musicians the opportunity to play alongside the Symphony in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair; the project returned in 2012 with double the number of spots.

Pacific Symphony’s Outdoor Simulcasts called “Plazacast”
An estimated crowd of 2,000 watched a live simulcast outside of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall while The Pacific Symphony performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony to a sell-out crowd inside on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

San Francisco Symphony, Keeping Score
Keeping Score provides innovative, thought-provoking classical music content on PBS television, the radio, the web, and through an education program, a national model for classroom arts integration for K-12 teachers.

Social Media & Use of Tweet Seats
A recent article in the Houston Chronicle covered several orchestras that are doing tweet seats

Seattle Symphony’s Symphony Untuxed
About the program 

Formerly known as the Rush Hour series, Symphony Untuxed includes five Friday concerts with an early start time of 7 p.m. and a shorter, no-intermission format. Audiences can arrive at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a pre-concert happy hour with specialty drinks and small plates in the Grand Lobby. The atmosphere will be even more relaxed in the 2012–2013 season, with the orchestra musicians mingling post-concert with audience members.

Seattle Symphony’s untitled program
[untitled], the Seattle Symphony’s new late-night chamber concerts, features Seattle Symphony musicians performing contemporary ensemble pieces in Benaroya Hall’s Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

St. Louis Symphony’s Free Community Concerts & Symphony in the City Program
Musicians from the St. Louis Symphony have a long tradition of making beautiful live music accessible to everyone in our community. Whether it’s on our own stage, at a favorite neighborhood venue, a house of worship, a college or a senior center, you can find musicians from the Symphony in community performances that are free and open to the public.  Click the link above to learn more about their many community programs in a variety of diverse venues.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Membership Initiative  
Information about program: 

In April 2012, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra launched a new Membership program: for $5 a month automatically deducted from a credit card, SPCO members may attend unlimited concerts. This program was designed to meet new audience preferences for flexibility, spontaneity and affordability while helping the SPCO drive frequent attendance (key to philanthropic giving) and low attrition rates. The affordable price is aligned with the SPCO’s ongoing commitment to making its music accessible to the community.

ACCESS for All, by Melinda Bargreen, Symphony

All Together Now, by Jayson Greene, Symphony

Bar Code, by Jayson Greene, Symphony

Climate Change, by Judith Kurnick, Symphony

Just the Ticket, by Jennifer Melick, Symphony

Orchestras at the Crossroads, by Jesse Rosen, Symphony

The Knight’s Roundtable, interview, Symphony

New World Symphony