League announces office move and additional plans to strengthen member services
To strengthen its services to members, the League of American Orchestras moved its office this winter to 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th streets in New York’s historic Garment District.
With rents steadily increasing at the League’s former location at 33 W. 60th Street in the Columbus Circle neighborhood, the move will reduce occupancy costs by about $250,000 annually. The move will also allow the League to benefit from a contemporary workspace that promotes collaboration among staff and improved outreach to members through up-to-date videoconferencing and digital learning capabilities.
“We can better serve orchestras by lowering our overhead costs and greatly enhancing our communications with members and offering digital learning opportunities,” said Jesse Rosen, the League’s president and CEO. “We are very excited by the possibilities offered with this change of address.”
The establishment of a new national headquarters is the cornerstone of a major $1.8 million investment in member service including a new website, digital learning capacity, and an information technology ecosystem. A major fundraising campaign is underway with $1 million committed to date. The campaign was launched with a lead gift of $400,000 from League Emeritus Director, Bruce Clinton of The Clinton Family Fund.
The new location is also home to many notable arts organizations including the Theater Communications Group, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the Theater Development Fund. It is also steps away from Penn Station, the major transportation hub.
The League has a staff of 29, with two government relations personnel in Washington, D.C. It has been at its current location since 1999.