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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!

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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.

Apply for the Kris Sinclair Leadership Award

Apply today for the the Kris Sinclair Leadership Award that 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.

The award will be presented at the annual ACSO conference at which the recipient’s Leadership must be present. The winning organization will receive a cash award of $5,000 which advance the goals of the organization as stipulated in its submitted application.

Through an online application, applicant organizations must demonstrate how they have achieved recent, measurable successes applicable to the Kris Sinclair Leadership Award. Additionally, the applying Organization must demonstrate how the award funds from Kris Sinclair Leadership Award will be used to further advance the goals of the Organization. Phone interviews with finalists might be requested.

Click here for more information or to apply. The application deadline is April 15, 2017.

Advocacy Action Alert: White House to Eliminate National Endowment for the Arts

The White House released its proposed budget to Congress today, officially recommending full termination of funding for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY2018. This is the first Administration in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nation's federal cultural agencies.

The NEA funds nearly $10 million dollars in federal grants to California's nonprofit arts community and serves every congressional district in our state. These funds support arts education and every artistic discipline, including classical music.

The federal appropriations process does not end here. ACSO is a member of the Arts Action Fund and will promote a concerted grassroots effort to convince Congress to #SaveTheNEA.

ACSO executive director Mitch Menchaca will attend next week's National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and be one of the many delegates representing California to talk to federal lawmakers and share the stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts and classical music have in their communities and districts.

What actions can you take?

1. The most important thing you can do is to take two minutes to send a customizable message to your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose any attempt to eliminate or cut funding to the NEA.

2. Post on Facebook and Twitter to help rally national support to save the NEA. There is strength in numbers and your social media friends can help.

Click here to read a statement from Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts Chair

Advocacy Action Alert: Support Federal Funding for the Arts

Help Save the NEA from Elimination!

Federal cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are in danger of being eliminated by the new Administration. The NEA funds nearly $10 million dollars in federal grants to California’s nonprofit arts community and serves every congressional district in our state. These funds support arts education and every artistic discipline, including classical music.

ACSO is a member of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and we sending our members an action alert to help rally national support to save the NEA.

Click here to send an instant message to your US Representative and Senators urging them to support the NEA. 

Click here to join as a free citizen member of the Action Fund to help advocate to the President to keep funding for the federal cultural agencies. 

Click here to download an advocacy sheet to share with your board and staff with key facts and how to make your voice heard.

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that the Trump Transition Team staff intend to recommend that the (then) President-elect to eliminate the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This proposal comes from the politically conservative Heritage Foundation and House Republican Study Committee and is expected to be included in this year’s Congressional House Budget Resolution, as it has in previous years. However, it would be much more serious if it were also proposed by the new Administration.

Legislative and executive branch action will start moving very quickly now.

Remember, advocacy is different than lobbying and your organization has the right to advocate on behalf of its constituents. Citizen participation and citizen action is essential to democracy. To learn more about differences between advocacy and lobbying, please visit the ACSO website.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact ACSO staff at advocacy@acso.org or 916-484-6744.

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