Board leaders often ask the League about trends in orchestras—who is leading the pack with new and different ideas? Symphony magazine and the Hub are great places to keep up with that. Other great resources are the descriptions of projects that have been awarded grants as part of the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund.
There’s a lot of good information about board governance out there, and much of it can be applied to orchestras. But there are some issues that only orchestras face. That’s why the League includes in its Noteboom Governance Center resources custom-made for orchestras. Here are a few:
If you care about the future of your orchestra and the community it serves, being an effective public policy advocate is essential. Through Playing Your Part: An Orchestra’s Guide to Public Policy Advocacy, the League offers straightforward, easy-to-read advice on how to get engaged in the policy process and build successful relationships with policymakers. Our goal is to support and empower you to play your part in influencing public policy. Acting together, we can make a difference. This guide includes:
Facts about advocacy and lobbying
Tips for identifying your policy issues, partners, and strategies
Easy steps for tracking and reporting lobbying activity
A Q&A on the lobbying rules for orchestras
Resource: The Board’s Role in Preventing Sexual Harassment