The American Composers Forum
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Association of Performing Arts Presenters(Arts Presenters) is the nexus for the performing arts community and the innovators in the field. Representing both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors of the industry, Arts Presenters members hail from all 50 states and more than 15 countries across the globe and range from large performing arts centers in major urban cities, outdoor festivals and rural community-focused organizations to academic institutions, artists and artist managers. Our membership includes organizations with multi-million dollar budgets and individuals who are performing arts professionals. Members bring performances to over 2 million audience-goers each week. No other association membership rivals the breadth of creative expression, representing disciplines ranging from all forms of dance, music, theater and family programming to puppetry, circus, magic, attractions and performance art.
Chamber Music America
Chamber Music America, the national service organization for the ensemble music profession, was founded in 1977 to promote artistic excellence and economic stability within the field, and to ensure that chamber music, in its broadest sense, is a vital part of American life. With a membership of over 8,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists' managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes and represents a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine and a website, www.chamber-music.org.
Chorus America is the organization that serves the spectrum of professional, volunteer, children/youth, and symphony/opera choruses. Chorus America's mission is to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing. We envision a future where choral singing is valued and supported as a vital part of every community and accessible to all - bridging cultures, ethnicities, and generations. To accomplish this mission, Chorus America provides information, publications, conferences, consulting, training programs, surveys, networking, and awards to support choruses in North America. Chorus America is known for its unparalleled ability to enhance the organizational strength of choruses through services that address infrastructure, management, and board development issues. No other organization currently offers the array of programs that support the public presentation of choral music. In addition, Chorus America's conducting programs have a reputation for providing artistic directors with skills, tools, and advice that help them in their day-to-day efforts to present first-rate and appealing concerts. Nearly 1,600 choruses, individuals, and businesses are members of Chorus America. This powerful group of conductors, arts administrators, board members, singers, music business executives, and choral music lovers are at the core of a vibrant choral movement in North America.
• The Conductors Guild is the only music service organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors. Throughout its thirty-year history the Conductors Guild has served as an advocate for the conducting profession throughout the world. Its membership of over 1,600 represents conductors in all fifty of the United States and over 30 countries. The Guild’s overall goal is to enhance the professionalism of conductors by serving as a clearing house for knowledge and information regarding the art and practice of conducting; further, to support the artistic growth of orchestras, bands, choruses and other conducted ensembles. The Guild has a broader potential role as well: to communicate to the music community the views and opinions of the conducting profession, for which the Guild can serve as a collective voice.
Dance/USA is the national service organization for professional dance. Established in 1982, Dance/USA is a membership organization currently comprised of over 400 ballet, modern, culturally specific, jazz, and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals, and related organizations. It believes that dance demonstrates the infinite possibilities for human expression and potential, facilitates communication within and across cultures, and is essential to a healthy society. Dance/USA sustains and advances the art form of dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of professional artists, administrators and organizations.
League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras exists to improve the constantly changing environment in which American orchestras and their supporters operate. It exists to become a transformative and unifying force—a catalyst for understanding and innovation, a place for the conversations that matter and a champion for orchestras. The Orchestra in twenty-first century America is an essential component of a vibrant, diverse and economically successful community. Its ability to entertain and educate multiple audiences is unique and can take place in numerous settings: a traditional concert hall; in schools and colleges; the shopping mall; baseball field or church. The range of music played by orchestras is immense and more new music is being commissioned than ever before. Since its creation in 1942, the League has expanded its programs and services to address the needs of its nearly 1,000 member symphony, chamber, youth and collegiate orchestras of all sizes. It occupies a position at the center of a national network of thousands of musicians, conductors, managers, board members, volunteers, staff members, and business partners, providing a wealth of services, information, and educational opportunities to its members. The League is determined to help orchestras do those things they cannot do alone. It is focusing on the future, finding and strengthening future leaders, making its voice heard in all the right places and improving the information and analytical tools that will help write the next great chapter in the development of America's orchestras.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts. NASAA's mission is to strengthen state arts agencies. We represent their individual and collective interests, empower their work through knowledge, and advance the arts as an essential public benefit.
National Guild for Community Arts Education
The National Guild for Community Arts Education is America's service association for community arts education organizations dedicated to providing high-quality, sequential arts instruction so that all people may participate in the arts according to their interests and abilities. Through the Guild, these organizations are joining to secure resources and support, make the case for community arts education, and develop and share strategies for success. The Guild's national network encompasses community schools of the arts, multi-arts centers, community divisions of universities, museums, local arts agencies, theater and dance companies, and others. In concert with this dynamic network, the Guild researches and promotes best practices, provides opportunities for professional development and dialogue, and advocates for broad access. For details on Guild members, programs and information, visit http://nationalguild.org or call the Guild at 212-268-3337 x10.
National Performance Network
NPN is a partnership of 61 art organizations in over 36 cities across the country. NPN connects artists with communities around two simple ideas – to help artists make work in their own neighborhoods, and to cross geographic and cultural divides to increase the traffic of fresh, challenging artistic work. NPN provides support for established and emerging artists in dance, music, theater, performance art, puppetry, and spoken word. It serves as the developmental rung on the ladder for emerging contemporary performing artists because it provides rare or first-time touring opportunities. NPN also plays a critical role for mid-career and established artists who continue to create new work and to tour on the network because it offers a wealth of opportunities at a time when support is diminishing. Equally important, NPN connects artists with progressive presenters, arts organizations, and communities across the country. NPN has subsidized over 900 residencies by more than 400 artists and companies based in 35 states, generating almost $10.3 million in artist residency fees and community cultural development funds. More than 425,000 audience members have attended NPN-sponsored performances and over 285,000 people have participated in NPN residency activities.
New Music USA
New Music USA is always looking for new ways advance the cause of the new music, and inspire an ever-growing community of listeners. New Music USA, formed by the merger of the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, provides over $1 million each year in grant support for the creation and performance of new work and community building throughout the country. It amplifies the voice of the new music community through NewMusicBox, profiling the people and ideas that energize and challenge music makers today. It streams a wide-ranging catalog of new music around the clock on Counterstream Radio and provides an online home for composers to feature their own music.
OPERA America - the nonprofit service organization for opera - leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. Artistic services help opera companies and artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works. Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers. Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera enjoyment. The international membership network includes over 250 professional opera company members; 2,000 affiliate, individual and business members; and more than 18,500 online subscribers. To learn more about membership in OPERA America, visit www.operaamerica.org.
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