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Registration for the 48th ACSO Annual Conference in Oakland is now live!

Save the Date! August 4 - 6: Attend ACSO's 48th Annual Conference "Disruption: Creating Opportunities Through Change", hosted by the Oakland Symphony.
Navigate over to the Conference section on ACSO's website to find out more!


League of American Orchestras to Honor ACSO Executive Director Kris Sinclair with the Gold Baton

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. 

Click here to read the League of American Orchestras' press release announcing the award.

AB 2855 Passes in Reconsideration

It was previously reported that the bill that would harm nonprofits had been stopped.
Unfortunately the bill has passed the Assembly Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee, and will next be heard in the Appropriations Committee.

AB 2855: Help ACSO Withdraw This Harmful Bill

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Join ACSO and CalNonprofts in our push to have this harmful bill withdrawn.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.

Summer Music Festivals Abound in California

Summer’s just around the corner and for classical music fans, that means one thing: it’s Festival season. Each summer, artists from all over the world flock to picturesque California communities to experience a unique blend of music-making, camaraderie, and fun. One part artist’s retreat, one part intensive study, and one part cultural tourism, festivals are a vital and vibrant way for artists and audiences alike to deeply engage in classical music, an art form that has lasted for centuries.

From June through August, California comes alive with festivals. In every corner of the Golden state, there are opportunities to experience world-class performances and connect with the artists who bring these great works of art to life.

ACSO has highlighted several current member organization festivals in the listing linked below:

Ojai Music Festival, Ojai (June 9 - 12); 805-646-2053
Music in the Mountains, Grass Valley (June 22 - July 3); 530-265-6124
Mendocino Music Festival, Mendocino (July 9 - 23); 707-937-2044
Festival Mozaic, San Luis Obispo (July 13 -24); 805-781-3009
Ventura Music Festival, Ventura (July 15 - 17 and July 22 - 24); 805-648-3146
Bear Valley Music Festival, Bear Valley (July 22 - Aug 7); 209-813-0554
Music in the Vineyards, Napa Valley (July 29 - Aug 21); 707-258-5559

Read more about these wonderful festivals here.