Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians/staff take temporary pay cut

We already knew the management of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (S.C.) was at odds with the orchestra's musicians over how to cut spending in order to stave off the threat of bankruptcy. Now we know which side was stronger. The musicians received just 20 percent of their normal pay on Friday, the day before one of its Masterworks concerts featuring a guest violinist and guest conductor. The orchestra's administrative staff took the same percentage cut. Insiders say the difference will be paid in December when the orchestra's fund-raising is in full swing again. Meanwhile, the musicians have figured out a way to downsize their ranks in compliance with management's goal of reducing the budget by $500,000.The downsizing is by attrition and there are only a handful of musicians affected.
March 16, 2009 6:54 AM |

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