August 2019

Summer 2019  
Welcome to our  League Leading newsletter. It provides orchestra fans with an update on what’s happening at the League of American Orchestras. With a membership of 2,000 individuals and organizations, the League leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. We’re the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing the orchestral experience for all.
Conference keynotes available on video
Missed our Conference or want to revisit some of the highlights?  All of the plenary session speeches are available on video. Click here or on the image above to watch the inspiring speeches and to read materials from some of the constituency and elective sessions.
And save the dates of June 10-12, 2020 for next year’s Conference in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
2019 Essentials of Orchestra Management wraps up
Photo credit Abigail R Collins
#Essentials2019 was a great success: ten action-packed days, 35 incredible participants from across the US, and four very dedicated and passionate core faculty members made for one life-changing experience. Find terrific photos and a summary of this popular League program here.
Orchestras take on the future with the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund
Nineteen U.S. orchestras have received grants from the League of American Orchestras to support innovation and organizational learning. The two-year American Orchestras’ Future Fund grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each, are made possible by the generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. 
“This forward-looking work—on stage, in the community, and within the organizations themselves—is essential for the evolution of the art form and the institutions that perform it,” said Jesse Rosen, the League’s President and CEO. “The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation has been a catalyst for innovation, and we are grateful for their vision and support.”
“The initiatives represented by the first two grant cycles far exceeded our expectations,” said Lisa Delan, Director of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. “The level of press attention many of these programs received reflects the timeliness of these efforts and makes clear there is much to gain by venturing outside of our comfort zones and carving new pathways through which to connect with our audiences and our communities. We look forward in anticipation to what this next round brings.”
Abuzz: “The past nine months have been the most rewarding and challenging of my career thanks to the League's Emerging Leaders Program.” 
“When I reflect on the impact of this program I realize that it is just as much about the community of inspiring colleagues I've now joined and our shared vulnerable learning experiences as it is the many leadership resources we've all gained access to.” 
~Ahmad Mayes, Emerging Leaders Program 2018/19 Participant, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
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