Association of California Symphony Orchestras 2021 Conference

The theme of the 2021 Annual Conference is Coming Together, Breaking Through. The sessions are designed to help us lift our heads from the daily grind of solving problems and adapting to non-stop change, and come together as a community to hear from new and impactful voices, think more deeply, and make breakthrough revelations about the big-picture issues and opportunities for our field as we move into a period of recovery.

Instead of traditional breakout sessions, the week-long virtual conference features a series of plenary talks delivered by preeminent change-makers, thought-leaders, advocates, artists, and innovators. The conference also gives ACSO members the chance to network with old friends and meet new colleagues through facilitated peer forums and idea exchanges.

Keynotes, plenary sessions, and networking discussions will center around these topics:
• Equity in action
• Future relevance for orchestras
• Community-centric fundraising
• Post-COVID organizational and leadership shifts
• What’s next in arts advocacy
• Creating authentic community relationships

“Pay What You Can” Registration
The value of attending the conference is estimated at $25 per person. To make conference participation accessible to all, registration is offered on a “pay what you can” basis for members and non-members alike. There is a complimentary option if needed, or several suggested payment tiers, starting at $25, for those who feel inspired and are able to support ACSO’s programs. Registration gives access to all keynotes and plenary sessions taking place from August 2-6.

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