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New York, NY (May 4, 2016) – At the League of American Orchestras’ Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, the League will present its highest honor, the Gold Baton, to Kris Sinclair, executive director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). Sinclair, who is retiring this year after thirty-one years at ACSO’s helm, will receive the award at the League’s Annual Meeting, June 10, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
“Over three decades, Kris Sinclair has been a staunch advocate for orchestras, creating a model state orchestra association through her exemplary leadership,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen.
Given annually since 1948 for distinguished service to America’s orchestras, the Gold Baton recognizes individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.
Introduced by Assemblymember Jim Frazier, AB 2855 would require disclosure of administrative and overhead expenses and a copy of the most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filing on a nonprofit's webpage. The bill goes on to propose that violating any of these requirements would be a crime subject to suspension or revocation of the nonprofit's tax-exempt status. It would authorize the Attorney General to take any other enforcement action within its existing powers and duties.
Join ACSO and CalNonprofts in our push to have this harmful bill withdrawn.
Here's how you get help:
1. Call Assemblymember Frazier's office at 916-319-2011 with this message: Withdraw this bill.
2. Send a letter to Assemblymember Frazier's office at the California State Capitol. CalNonprofits is allowing use of their letter as a base.
3. Pass this information on to your nonprofit colleagues and ask them to oppose AB 2855.
Together we can stop this bill.
The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) announced on October 1, 2015 that Kris (Saslow) Sinclair will retire from her position as Executive Director after a 31- year tenure leading the organization. The ACSO Board of Directors will begin the search for a new Executive Director in January 2016.
"On behalf of ACSO and its members, partners, and advocates, I would like to thank Kris Sinclair for her incredibly meaningful contributions to making ACSO the network, the voice and the forum for classical music in the West," said Debbie Chinn, President of the ACSO Board. "Her work has always been about bringing people together and creating a vibrant community, and she has advocated tirelessly for music's ability to do the same. The entire Board of ACSO joins me in a heartfelt standing ovation for her three decades of work advocating for music and those that make it, connect us to one another, and inspire us through a shared vision. We wish her much happiness and much great music in her retirement."
"I am deeply honored and privileged to have served in a field for which I have so much passion," said Sinclair. "For me, ACSO has always been about people; the incredible members of ACSO and the passion they have to build, innovate and strengthen their own connections. I have had the great pleasure of being able to nurture a spirit of family and community in everything we do, from our conferences, training, mentoring, and advocacy. I believe we have elevated the awareness of the value and presence of classical music in the state greatly in this time, and we have been blessed with wonderful partners who clearly see the value and necessity for ACSO members' work and service."