Arts News: March 2009 Archives
There's a pretty thorny mess sprouting in Montana these days, concerning the way the state expects venue managers and promoters to deal with musicians and other performers. Some say the issue could literally shut down live music and other types of performing arts across the state, if not rectified. You can read about it here.
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.