Five orchestras have been chosen to receive 2010-11 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development from the League of American Orchestras: the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (California), Rhode Island Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (Colorado). The grants, ranging from $4,000 to $7,500, provide financial support to strengthen board governance practice. The orchestras were selected through a competitive application process that assessed their plan for board development, its long- and short-term impact, and measurement of results. As a precondition to the application, orchestra boards all participated in the League of American Orchestras/BoardSource self-assessment resource for orchestra boards. The grants will be used to strengthen governance practice around areas identified in the self-assessment process. Those awarded MetLife grants must complete the work by March 31, 2011 and submit a short written report to the League on the results of their work no later than April 15, 2011. “Strong governance is essential to the functioning of nonprofit organizations, and we are proud to partner with the League of American Orchestras to develop and strengthen orchestra boards,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation.

Posted December 20, 2010