Management & Governance

Chorus America strengthens the governance, management, marketing, fundraising, and operations of choruses by providing practical tools, templates, training, and strategies for its administrative and board leaders. We track the annual operations of choruses, identify best practices and assessment tools, and help our members build audiences for choral music.

Articles

Why Not a Sabbatical?

Why Not a Sabbatical?

Gayle Ober | Governance, Management/Leadership

Sabbaticals are being used by more nonprofits as an effective tool to retain and reward the best executive talent. Read more

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The Road to Chorus Management

The Road to Chorus Management

Matthew Sigman | Management/Leadership

As the profession of chorus management matures, managers are finding new ways into their careers. Read more

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A Chorus Treasurer’s Eight Key Responsibilities

A Chorus Treasurer’s Eight Key Responsibilities

Dennis Walsh | Finance, Governance

The majority of choruses in North America are all-volunteer organizations, from the singers who give their musical talent to the board members who run the organization. This poses special challenges for the treasurer in safeguarding and managing the finances. Here is a guide to keep your chorus transparent and accountable. Read more

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Building Audiences Today

Building Audiences Today

Six Sure Strategies for Effective Marketing and Ticketing

Mark Shugoll | Audiences, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Social Media

How can choruses stay competitive in the quest for audience in a fast-changing world of busy lifestyles, cultural glut, home theaters, and web-based entertainment options? And how do we make the face of our audience younger and more colorful? Here are six strategies gleaned from recent research in arts marketing. Read more

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Give and Get...Gone?

Give and Get...Gone?

Matthew Sigman | Fundraising, Governance, Volunteer

Assembling the ideal board is less about fundraising prowess and more about about balancing the right skills. Read more

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A Strong Brand Is Essential to Success

A Strong Brand Is Essential to Success

Brandon C. Walsh | Governance, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations

A strong brand is no longer just "nice-to-have" for cultural organizations—it's a necessity. It can engender loyalty, create advocates and ambassadors, and, when needed, provide a margin for forgiveness. Here's how to build your master brand. Read more

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A Chorus Guide to Getting the Right Permissions

A Chorus Guide to Getting the Right Permissions

Matthew Sigman | Government/Policy, Legal/Licensing, Technique/Tool

Securing the rights to perform, commission, record, or distribute music gets more complicated with every technological advance—here are basic guidelines to keep your chorus on the right side of legal. Read more

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Preparing for Your Audit

Preparing for Your Audit

Eric Fraint | Finance, Governance, Operations

There are good reasons to have an audit even if it is not legally required. Audits provide an objective financial view of your organization. A few simple steps can make the process go more smoothly and keep the costs down. Read more

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Leading the Development Committee

Leading the Development Committee

Catherine Dehoney | Fundraising, Governance, Technique/Tool

Have you been asked to serve as the chair of development committee? Here's what you need to know to tackle this important job and ensure the future of your chorus. Read more

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Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

Fresh Voices: Recruiting the Next Generation of Board Leaders

David Styers | Diversity, Governance, Recruitment, Volunteer

Choruses are waking up to the fact that recruiting and nurturing young leaders may be critical to filling a growing nonprofit leadership shortage, especially at the board level. Here's how you can put the unique talents and perspectives of young professionals to work for your chorus—and keep the leadership pipeline full. Read more

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Resources

Finance Scavenger Hunt

Finance Scavenger Hunt

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Sample/Template, Technique/Tool

Developed by an executive director, a treasurer, and a lawyer, this handout walks through the basics of sound financial management and how to read financial statements. A great primer for new board members! Read more

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Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflict of Interest Policy

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

Use this policy template to ensure that your chorus is in compliance with tax requirements. Read more

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Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Children's Chorus Recruitment Case Study

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Developed after in-depth interviews with 20 children's choruses, this case study attempts to address common barriers and pre-conceptions about the recruitment issue. Read more

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Bylaws Template (USA)

Bylaws Template (USA)

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use these sample by-laws to get your new chorus off the ground, adding in any clauses required by your state legislation. (USA only) Read more

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Bylaws Checklist (Canada)

Bylaws Checklist (Canada)

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use this checklist to ensure that your chorus' by-laws include all the necessary components. (Canada only) Read more

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Budget Template

Budget Template

Chorus America Staff | Finance, Operations, Sample/Template

This Excel spreadsheet template provides a guideline for building a basic budget, including allocating expenses and income across the calendar year. Read more

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Board Member End-of-Term Questions

Board Member End-of-Term Questions

Chorus America Staff | Evaluation, Governance, Management/Leadership, Technique/Tool

Use this questionnaire at the end of each board member's term. Read more

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Board Member Agreement

Board Member Agreement

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Sample/Template

Use this sample agreement to help ensure successful board recruitment by laying out clear expectations and responsibilities for each incoming board member. Read more

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Board Chair/President Job Description

Board Chair/President Job Description

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Management/Leadership, Sample/Template

Use this template as a guide to develop a position description for your Board Chair or President. Read more

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Articles of Incorporation Template

Articles of Incorporation Template

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Operations, Sample/Template

Use this template as a guide for your chorus. Read more

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Events

The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

New York, NY

emilymt | Professional

THE COLLEGIATE CHORALE Announces An Expansion of its Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director Edward Barnes, Producing Director Join Music Director James Bagwell   and Executive Director Jennifer Collins Read more

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Messiah...Refreshed Returns to Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center December 1

Messiah...Refreshed Returns to Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center December 1

New York, NY

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, CA News, Careers, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Evaluation, Families, Finance, Fundraising, General, Governance, Government/Policy, Health, History, Impact/Value, Innovation, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Operations, Participation, Performance, Professional, Profile, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Research/Data, Sample/Template, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Strategic Planning, Symphonic, Technique/Tool, Technology, Venue

MESSIAH…REFRESHED! RETURNS TO LINCOLN CENTER DCINY proudly ushers in the holiday season at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00pm with Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens's 1959 re-orchestration for full symphony orchestra of Handel's Messiah. Called a “radical rescoring” by the New York Times, this revamped version will fill the concert hall with the gloriously festive sounds of the beloved holiday masterpiece. Read more

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Purcell The Indian Queen

Purcell The Indian Queen

Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

H&H presents a program of comedy, romance, intrigue, and beautiful music with this dramatic semi-opera and scenes from other Purcell works. Read more

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Chorus Management Institute  2012

Chorus Management Institute 2012

Indianapolis, IN

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DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

DeKalb Choral Guild Gala Celebration

Sandy Springs, GA

DeKalb Choral Guild | Fundraising

Black Tie Gala celebration in support of the DeKalb Choral Guild -your premier community chorus in DeKalb County GA.  Read more

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Fundraiser for The Northern Virginia Chorale

Fundraiser for The Northern Virginia Chorale

12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., Fairfax VA

Susanne Cook | Fundraising

  The Northern Virginia Chorale will have a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., Fairfax, VA, on March 17, 2012.  We will be performing between 10 AM and 2 PM.  There will be activities for children:  face painting and bookmark making, and also members will read to the children.  The music and activities will have a St. Patrick's theme.  We appreciate your support at any time that day (and for five days thereafter online) by using our voucher #10683035, which will give the Chorale a percentage of sales. Read more

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

Anonymous |

Giving ticket discounts to seniors and students is a widespread practice, but should we be concerned about age discrimination? Read more

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