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Effective Orchestra Governance: A Guide for Boards is a new book from the League of American Orchestras, filled with smart, succinct advice and free for members to download. (The League mailed a hard copy in June 2016 to member orchestra board chairs and executive directors.)

As Jesse Rosen, the League’s former President and CEO writes in the foreword, “We are fortunate to bring forward the expert voices of Ellen HirzyLowell Noteboom, and David Nygren, that combine to convey governance guidance that is both grounded in the most recent research and practice, and field-tested against the reality of orchestras in the 21st century.

“This book is just one recent example of the League’s many resources designed to support orchestra board members and excellence in governance practice. I hope it will be useful, and I encourage readers to take advantage of all the resources we have available through our Noteboom Governance Center.”

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Effective Orchestra Governance: A Guide for Boards was made possible by generous gifts from Richard and Kay Fredericks Cisek, The Clinton Family Fund, Marcia and John Goldman, and the Sargent Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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