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AB 2855 Passes in Reconsideration

Last week it was 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.

Save the Date!

Save the Date! August 4 - 6:
Attend ACSO's 48th Annual Conference "Disruption: Creating Opportunities Through Change"
Hosted by the Oakland Symphony


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Join ACSO and CalNonprofts in our push to have this harmful bill withdrawn.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

Read more here.

ACSO Executive Director Sinclair to Retire in September 2016

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."