News and Publications
The League produces several e-newsletters for members on topics such as industry news, youth orchestra updates, volunteer news and more.
- Board Notes
- Education/Community Engagement Newsletter
- Press releases
- Symphony Magazine
- Technology News of Note
- Upbeat Youth Orchestra Newsletter
- Volunteer Notes
Latest News from the League
Apply Now! 2013-14 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development
The League is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development. Made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation, these grants will provide financial assistance to orchestra boards trying to strengthen their governance practices. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 will be awarded to up to seven orchestras. Funding can be used for facilitators or consultants, or other professional development opportunities (seminars, classes) that the board, as a whole, wants to participate in as a means of strengthening their governance understanding.
Please visit americanorchestras.org for more information and to apply; the deadline to apply is October 15, 2013.
Composer Residencies from New Music USA and the League
New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras are eager to find new ways for composers and orchestras to work together. With that in mind, we are extending League members an exciting new opportunity through the New Partnerships dimension of our Music Alive program.
New Partnerships gives composers and orchestras a chance to work directly together. We work alongside orchestras accepted into the program to match each with a composer chosen from a curated list. The program provides the funds for a one-week residency around the performance of a pre-existing (though not necessarily previously performed) work. The residency week can take place anytime between the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2016.
The first step is simple—just let us know you’re interested in taking part. If your orchestra is chosen to participate, we expect to be able to offer you a possible composer match in the first quarter of 2014. We anticipate awarding at least ten residencies.
To let us know your orchestra is interested, just click here.
Essentials of Orchestra Management. It’s like orchestra boot camp.
Managing an orchestra today takes strength, dedication, perseverance and a passion for music. Essentials of Orchestra Management is a ten-day journey that will prepare you or a promising member of your staff for the challenges orchestras are facing today and tomorrow. Being armed with the vital skills needed to be a great leader is the foundation for a great organization.
While orchestra management will be the toughest job you’ll ever love, Essentials is what you need to excel.
New Huffington Post blog on Provocative Choices for Orchestras
In his latest post, Jesse Rosen compares two provocative visions for the future of orchestras: one from a futurist who spoke at the 2013 Conference, the other from a star in the entrepreneurial world of new music.
As always, comments on the Huffington Post site allow us to convey our messages about these important issues to a wider audience, as does your passing this link on to colleagues and friends. Thanks for your support!
With Imagining 2023 Theme, League of American Orchestras’ 68th National Conference Explores Future of Orchestras
New York, NY (July 1, 2013) – Imagining the future of orchestras through provocative sessions with futurist thinkers, industry leaders, and representatives of smaller, community-based music-making organizations, nearly 1000 professionals and volunteers from across the orchestra field attended the League of American Orchestras 68th National Conference, June 18-20, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. (read entire release)
See the Highlights from Conference!
The League's 2013 National Conference was a huge success! Close to 1,000 orchestra professionals, volunteers and business partners gathered in St. Louis for the League's 2013 National Conference. You can check out some of the highlights here, including video of Jesse Rosen's keynote address, a group visioning experience led by writer Greg Sandow, and an address by Elizabeth Merritt, founding director for the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums.
For a full list of sessions and Conference related materials, visit americanorchestras.org.
Applications for Round 2 of the League's Getty Grants are now open!
The League, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, is pleased to announce Round 2 of the Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. These one-year grants, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000, will be awarded to orchestras for activities in fiscal year 2014. This is a new funding cycle; all orchestras meeting the guidelines are encouraged to apply.
The Getty Grants will invest in:
- enhancing and deepening established programs that have been in place for three or more years and have demonstrated measurable success; or
- planning, developing, and implementing innovative new initiatives that strengthen community ties and respond to community needs.
Please review the application guidelines and then complete the pre-application, due August 15. Orchestras will hear back by September 15, and for those orchestras invited to move to the full application phase, final applications will be due October 15.
Grants cannot be used to:
- create new organizations
- support single, one-off events or activities that do not represent the development or support of long-term relationships (such as assembly programs, holiday concerts, etc.)