The League of American Orchestras’ 2023 National Conference this June was a landmark event for everyone in the orchestra field. Now the League has posted recordings and resources from the Conference at https://americanorchestras.org/envision/conference-2023-session-recordings/. Recordings of Conference sessions include the Opening Concert and Keynote, which featured performances by two youth orchestras and an address by National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson; the League’s Annual Meeting and Gold Baton Presentation, which featured a discussion between Deborah Borda, recipient of this year’s Gold Baton award, and author and filmmaker Jamie Bernstein; the Closing Luncheon and Plenary Session, and recordings of many of the elective sessions, which focus on specific topics. Presentations and transcripts of multiple sessions are posted, and a photo slideshow captures the collegiality and connections among Conference delegates. A video of Byron Stripling delivering his inspirational address is online now and can be viewed for a limited time, through Thursday, August 17. Check it all out at https://americanorchestras.org/envision/conference-2023-session-recordings/.
In April 2023, 27 American orchestras participated in a joint study of audience attitudes about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), yielding almost 15,000 responses. On Tuesday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Pacific, the League of American Orchestras will present “Exploring Audience Attitudes about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” a 60-minute webinar that takes stock of high-level findings at the aggregate level and addresses such questions as: How important is EDI to audience members? Are orchestras’ efforts towards increased levels of EDI legible to audiences? Do programs featuring diverse artists, conductors, and repertoire attract a more diverse audience? How willing are audience members to support their orchestra’s EDI efforts more actively? Speakers at the webinar are Alan Brown, Managing Principal, WolfBrown; Deanna Hoying, Executive Director, Symphony NH; and Laura Reynolds, Vice President of Impact and Innovation, San Diego Symphony.
“Exploring Audience Attitudes about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” takes place on Tuesday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Pacific. Learn more and register here. The League offers 50% off registrations to staff of NYC arts organizations, thanks to the generosity of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. If you can’t attend the webinar live, register to receive the recording. Questions? Contact League Member Services at email@example.com.