Governance

An Online Seminar

Responding to survey data that revealed that 33% of responding conductors were founding directors that anticipated retiring from their ensembles within 5-10 years, Chorus America created this online seminar, Navigating a Music Director Transition. The 4-part seminar is a vital resource for any choruses anticipating an artistic change.

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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.

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A comprehensive evaluation tool for choruses that addresses nine areas: organizational purpose, programs & evaluation, governance, planning, fundraising, financial stability & transparency, marketing & public relations, human resources, and operations & facilities. Each section's questions are organized from legal minimums to best practices.

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

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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.

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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.

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Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2011 report features data from the 2009-2010 season.

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

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

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

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