The League of American Orchestras has announced that six orchestras have received 2012-13 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development ranging from $3,000 to $6,000, to provide financial support to strengthen board governance practice. The orchestras are the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (Mich.), American Composers Orchestra (N.Y.), Central Illinois Youth Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony (Wis.), Venice Symphony (Fl.), and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Orchestras were selected through a competitive application process open to orchestras of all budget sizes; each applicant’s board members were also required to complete the League’s Board of Directors Self-Assessment Tool to analyze and define strengths and weaknesses, roles and responsibilities, and priorities for board development. Activities supported by the grant must be completed by March 31, 2013, with a brief final report due to the League by April 15, 2013. “Strong board leadership is crucial to an orchestra’s artistic and financial health and its overall sustainability,” said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras. “We are very fortunate that MetLife Foundation provides orchestras with this valuable assistance in improving the performance of these key members of the orchestra community.”

Posted December 3, 2012