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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.

Free ArtsReach Webinar for ACSO Members

One of the most well attended sessions of this year's ACSO Conference, Board Member and Executive Director of the California Symphony Aubrey Bergauer will be presenting the same material in an ArtsReach webinar on September 7: "Marketing and the Concert Experience—21st Century Lessons Not Just for Millennials." Everyone's talking about how to attract new audiences, especially millennials, but one orchestra's findings show that the music itself isn't the problem, and the solutions aren't just for millennials. The results of the California Symphony's "Orchestra X" project on user experience went viral this year with tens of thousands of hits and ultimately received attention from The Wall Street Journal. If you missed this session at Conference or want to revisit this actionable content again, registration is free for ACSO members.

Click here to register.

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!

ADVOCACY ALERT

The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Committee advanced a bill to provide funding for our nation's natural and cultural resources, proposing $145 million to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY2018. This is a $5 million cut from current levels and $10 million less than the request supported by a record number of members of Congress this year. Take two minutes now to urge your congressional members to pass a budget that invests in our nation and supports access to the arts in America for all.

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.