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Update on Members Affected by Wildfires and Helpful Resources

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sending our thoughts and prayers to our members across the state affected by the wildfires. Here is some information shared by members in Northern California. Also find resources to share with those in need and ways you can help.

Santa Rosa Symphony

Unfortunately the North Bay/Santa Rosa firestorm is and remains a very serious and fluid situation.

Staff-wise and musicians, everyone is safe though many have had to evacuate, as have I, to safer areas, waiting to hear about our homes. We are tremendously saddened that at least one staff member, a musician and several board members have lost their homes.
Our offices remain closed as our phone system and internet remain down, so I am emailing you remotely.

So deeply sorry that I had to cancel the Monday night concert. Fortunately we were able to communicate cancellation to musicians and help those who needed to get back into the Green Music Center to get their instruments. GMC is safe from fire. Thankfully guest conductor and our soloist Joyce Yang were safely taken to SF. The Luther Burbank Center, our other venue, has been damaged but I understand the main hall remains intact.

So in all honesty it is a surreal situation still unfolding. Grateful for the outpouring of support.

Eventually we will come together and persevere. Until then we are looking to take care of each other.

Alan Silow, president & CEO
Santa Rosa Symphony

Music in the Mountains

Due to Cal Fire needing to set up a command post and fire camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the Lobo Fire, Friday night's concert "Brahms First Symphony" has moved to the Don Baggett Theatre @ Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Rd, Nevada City. Advance tickets will be honored.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Theatre

Our thoughts are with the Napa Valley and surrounding communities as we continue to experience wildfires. We have received a number of inquiries and want to update everyone - Lincoln Theater has been fortunate and has not sustained any damage. However, our hearts go out to those who have been affected across many North Bay counties.

Napa Valley Youth Symphony

With the continued unpredictability of the fire situation, we will be cancelling this Sunday's scheduled concert. Everyone take care of yourself and we'll make music together soon.

Resources for those Affected

ArtsReady
ArtsReady is your cultural organization’s online source for readiness resources, and a web application that can make disaster planning easy.

Creative Sonoma
Creative Sonoma has developed new resources for our creative community members who have been affected by the fires, together with ways you can help.

Facebook Crisis Response
Information on your friends in the area, news updates, and ways to help

Fastcompany.com
If you’re local, the Sonoma Valley Visitor’s Bureau has a list of hotels offering special rates for evacuees and the Sacramento Bee has a list of ways for local people to help. If you’re far away from the fires and want to help, click for are a few options.

IRS (the IRS on providing disaster relief to affected employees)

Ways to Help

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross is in immediate need of volunteers to assist evacuees. To volunteer, sign up at www.redcross.org.

Interested volunteers may also contact the County Office of Emergency Services at 707-565-3856.

The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has also been called in to help. If you wish to donate or volunteer, you can register on their website at www.cvnl.org.

DONATE

The Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus-Courier and Sonoma Index-Tribune have partnered with Redwood Credit Union, Sen. Mike McGuire and business leaders to raise funds to directly help fire victims. Every dollar will go directly to victims. Donate at www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief.

FOOD DONATIONS

The Salvation Army at 721 South McDowell Blvd. in Petaluma is welcoming ready-to-eat, non-perishable food donations. They are also in need of volunteers. Call them between 9 am and 5 pm at 707-769-0716.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is accepting packaged, ready-to-eat, non-perishable food donations at 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa. Cash donations are also welcome. 100 percent of your gift will be used in support of the relief efforts. Their website: www.refb.org.

HOUSING

Persons willing to host an evacuated individual or family in your home for a few days, few weeks or few months may contact the Petaluma People’s Services Center SHARE Sonoma County at SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org. An information sheet and application will be sent to you.

ACSO will update this feed as we receive information.

October is Arts and Humanities Month

ACSO joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month. We dedicate this month’s California Concerts to the celebration. This month’s listing showcases 84 concerts and represents members in 25 California counties, as well as members in Arizona and Nevada! How are you celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month?

Learn more about National Arts and Humanities Month at www.americansforthearts.org/NAHM

ACSO Strategic Planning Consultant RFP

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) has begun the process to draft a new strategic plan.

The ACSO Board and Staff have already completed Phase 1 of a three-phase strategic planning project. This RFP is to employ services to lead the organization through Phase 2 and 3 over a six-month time period.

Phase 1 (completed March – August 2017): Setting a Framework
Board discussion to outline vision and goals for strategic planning process (see Core Objectives section below). Board committee formed and project timeline established.

Phase 2 (September – December 2017): Data Gathering & Analysis
Gain a better understanding of the current needs of our members – or potential members – through quantitative and qualitative research. Quantitative data gathering through member-wide survey, engaging all stakeholders (see Target Audiences & Stakeholders section below). Qualitative data gathering through statewide “listening tour,” i.e. professional development workshops with a facilitator-led discussion forum component.

Phase 3 (December 2017 – January 2018): Strategizing & Detailed Planning
Findings and themes from data presented to committee. Full board discussion and planning at January convening. Plan to be finalized by committee by March 1 for presentation to the full board at the March board meeting.

How to Apply?
Please download the full RFP to read the full scope of the project and how to apply.

Proposals are due by Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5:00PM PST.

Upcoming Webinar: Avoiding the Iceberg

Don’t let the tip of the iceberg become your organization’s Titanic – instead, understand and be able to identify whether your business is Healthy, at a Crossroads, in Conflict or has a full-blown Crisis. Over 90% of all organizations can be saved and taught to prosper despite the size of the organization, condition of the economy or its competition. Explore real-life examples of how to minimize challenges and maximize opportunities for revitalization. Join Paul Jan Zdunek, managing director of BDO and ACSO board member for this hour webinar. This webinar is only promoted by ACSO and solely produced by BDO USA.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the health of an organization
  • Understand and identify the signs of a looming crisis
  • Learn how to avoid your organization’s version of the Titanic
  • Learn about real-life case studies and the consequences of ignoring tell-tale signs

Click here for more information or to register for this webinar.

 

Thank You! 2017 Annual Conference

Thank you to those who attended the 2017 ACSO Annual Conference in Los Angeles on July 20-22! We hope that you found the conference rewarding, had a chance to connect with your colleagues, and came away recharged and ready to help lead your organization to greatness during the next season.

This year the Annual Conference was hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in conjunction with the Take a Stand Symposium, which brought together leaders, teachers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education. Joint keynote presenters included Gustavo Dudamel, music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Thomas Wilkins, principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl; and Gail Samuel, acting president & CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Conference included two general plenary sessions, including addresses by Salvador Acevedo, vice president of cultural strategy at Scancion, on interculturalism, and a panel on the state of the arts in Los Angeles, moderated by Gail Eichenthal, chief engagement officer, KUSC Group, with panelists Rachel Fine, managing director, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; Grant Gershon, artistic director, Los Angeles Master Chorale; Chad Smith, chief operating officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Lora Unger, chief executive officer, Pasadena Symphony and POPS.

The inaugural Kris Sinclair Leadership Award was presented to the Community Women's Orchestra. The Kris Sinclair Leadership Award is given to an ACSO member organization that demonstrates impactful leadership initiatives, which advance the goals of the organization, including, but not limited to, finance, governance, staff development, audience development, education, and community engagement. Also, given at the conference were the annual MVP award, which are designed to give recognition to a few of the hundreds of dedicated, hardworking, and committed volunteers that orchestras depend on every day. Winners included Mary Jane Cooper of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pat and Sandy Gage of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pat Hager of the Mill Valley Philharmonic, David Hamilton of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Ronda Latham of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Becky Novy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates, Joseph Svehla of the Pacific Symphony, and Judith Valles of the San Bernardino Symphony.

Over twenty breakout sessions were presented on topics around orchestra management, including governance, marketing, fundraising, and advocacy. Session highlights included:

Telling Your Story: Making the Case to Individual Donors, Corporations and Foundations
Make your best case to individual donors, corporations, and foundations. Too often, arts non-profits make the mistake of approaching donors from a position of weakness, using a crisis as leverage to secure gifts. In this session, we’ll give you the framework and tools for telling the kind of compelling story that will get supporters on board for the long term and make them want to invest in your organization.
• John Mangum, president & artistic director, Philharmonic Society of Orange County
• Aashika Patel, vice president, CCS Fundraising
• Julia Ward, director of development communications and strategy, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Social Media: What is Our Goal and What Should We Share?
Is your orchestra struggling to keep up with the various social media outlets? Do you need help strategizing your content and identify what social media sites to use? Join these marketing and communication professionals to help you shape your social media goals and assist in creating a plan of what to share and where to share it.
• Patrick Brown, director of marketing, Los Angeles Master Chorale
• Sasha Hnatkovich, communications manager, Kronos Quartet
• Brian Lauritzen, producer/host, Classical KUSC

The Executive's Role in Board Governance
Join Arts Consulting Group Vice President Shawn Ingram as he moderates a discussion about the executive director/CEO’s role in encouraging and sustaining strong board governance. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and issues as stories will be shared, solutions will be offered, and questions will be answered.
• Paul Ideker, executive director, Redlands Symphony
• Kevin Marvin, executive director, Santa Barbara Symphony
• Don Nelson, executive director, Stockton Symphony
• Shawn Ingram, vice president, Arts Consulting Group (moderator)

We collaborated with the League of American Orchestra's Essentials of Orchestra Management Program. This immersive ten-day program, hosted by USC, prepares orchestra professionals with the tools they need to be effective administrators and leaders. The curriculum explores the fundamentals of orchestra management; the changing nature of orchestras and new values, roles, and practices that are emerging as orchestras evolve. The ACSO conference included sessions on education and community engagement, presented by Jennifer Barlament, executive director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Simon Woods, president & CEO of the Seattle Symphony. Jesse Rosen, president & CEO of the League of American Orchestras, welcomed conferees and discsussed upcoming advocacy issues happening at the national level.

It wouldn't be an ACSO conference without music, and conferees were treated to a performance by a string quartet from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at this year's annual meeting. Conferees also attended a concert at the Hollywood Bowl in which the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale performed stirring choral and instrumental selections from Wagner’s mythic music dramas: Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, and Die Meistersinger.

For questions about the 2017 Annual Conference, please contact us at 800-495-2276 or conference@acso.org. Also, check out the conference website at www.acso.org/conference.

Join us next year in Sacramento for the 2018 Annual Conference - August 9-11!