Seven Orchestras Receive 2014-15 Governance Center Grants

The League of American Orchestras has launched an Orchestra Governance Center, offering a comprehensive range of support, strategies, and programs designed to strengthen governance practice in orchestras. Newly developed regional seminars for board chairs, orchestra CEOs, and development staff, such as those recently presented by the League in Cleveland and New York City, are a cornerstone of the Center’s activities.

As part of the Governance Center, seven orchestra boards of directors—Albany Symphony (NY); Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (MT); Jackson Symphony Association (TN); Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society (HI); Music in the Mountains (CA); Symphony of Northwest Arkansas; and Wichita Symphony Orchestra (KS)—will receive 2014-15 Orchestra Governance Center Grants. The grants help boards analyze strengths and weaknesses, roles and responsibilities, and priorities for board development.

Orchestra Governance Center resources include regional seminars for board members and CEOs; orchestra board chair peer groups focusing on top-level governance and strategic challenges; peer exchange and learning sessions at the League’s National Conference; web-based assessment tools; free e-books from BoardSource; and free webinars for trustees and orchestra staff. Further Governance Center materials include a Diversity and Inclusion Resource Center, a Public Value Communications Toolkit, an Orchestra Story Bank, and online discussion groups.

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Posted March 3, 2015