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ACSO Awarded California Arts Council “Statewide and Regional Networks” Grant

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $27,000 to the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) as part of its Statewide and Regional Networks program.

The Statewide and Regional Networks program supports arts service organizations that provide specialized, practical services to working artists, constituent organizations and cultural community. Collectively, these networks help to activate California Arts Council constituents, the arts community, stakeholders, and the public.

ACSO is one of 33 grantees chosen for this competitive program, which received applications from 47 organizations statewide. The news of ACSO’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be found online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.

“Our Statewide and Regional Networks grantees are just that—a network,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “An invaluable network. These are nerve centers of arts and culture that are crucial to growing and sustaining California’s artistic landscape. We’re proud to support the work of ACSO.”

In addition, the California Arts Council funded 30 of ACSO’s members and affiliates with grants totaling $421,487. Member and affiliate organizations include: American Youth Symphony, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival, El Sistema/USA/Salinas, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, Long Beach Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Marin Symphony, Monterey Symphony, New West Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Orange County Women’s Chorus, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Sacramento Master Singers, San Bernardino Symphony, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, Street Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation, and Youth Orchestra of Fresno.

Click here to view ACSO member and affiliates' funded projects.

ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT: President's Budget Confirms Arts Cuts

Today, President Trump released the full version of his FY 2018 budget proposal, A New Foundation for American Greatness.

As you may recall, the FY 2018 was released in March and called for a total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other cultural grant-making agencies. Today's full budget proposal was no different.

The President’s FY 2018 budget takes the NEA from its $150 million appropriation to $29 million.

Take action now by contacting your Member of Congress and Senators telling them to #SAVEtheNEA. Be sure to include your own stories of how the NEA has brought the arts to your community. You can find specific examples for your state by clicking here to see a breakdown of NEA grants for 2016.

Your voice can make a difference. Speak out to Congress and #SAVEtheNEA! Congress will now officially begin hearings on this request, so your message to your elected officials is timely!

ACSO is a member of the Arts Action Fund.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current FY2017 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017. None of the nation’s arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a budget cut. In fact, many of them received funding increases for this year. Special thanks to House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) for initiating a funding increase for many of these cultural programs in the House Interior bill.

Click here to read more at the Arts Action Fund.

ACSO is a member of the Arts Action Fund 

Register for the ACSO 2017 Annual Conference!

The ACSO Annual Conference centers around the field’s needs and is in response to industry challenges and trends for more than 300 attendees.

Professional development topics are centered around orchestra management fundamentals, including marketing, fundraising, governance, planning, and finance, as well as issues facing our communities, like cultural diversity, policy, and advocacy.

This year, the Annual Conference is hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) in conjunction with the National Take a Stand Symposium, which brings together leaders, teachers, researchers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education. Registration to the ACSO Annual Conference gets you access to the National Take a Stand Symposium – two convenings for the price of one!

Register Today for Early-Bird Registration Savings!

Intern with ACSO this Summer - and Get Paid!

We are recruiting a conference and membership intern through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Summer Internship Program (lacountyarts.org/arts-internship-program). We are offering one full-time internship for 10 consecutive weeks beginning no earlier than June 5, 2017 and ending no later than August 25, 2017. The hourly rate is $12 per hour.

The conference and membership intern will play an essential role in preparing for and executing ACSO’s 2017 annual conference, a signature learning experience for orchestra professionals throughout California. The intern will also work closely with the membership manager to prepare for the fall 2017 annual membership renewal campaign and to successfully serve and support ACSO’s members.

Information about the internship as well as how to apply can be found here. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.

This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 132 undergraduate interns will participate in the program this year at 119 performing, presenting, and literary nonprofit arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout LA County. In addition to their full-time 10 week paid internship, interns will participate in educational events as part of the program, which is funded by the Getty Foundation. The educational events are designed to provide interns with a broader perspective of the vibrant arts and cultural landscape of the County. For additional information on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arts Internship Program, and for a complete list of all the internships offered this summer, visit the Arts Commission website at www.lacountyarts.org.