Archive | July, 2005

Does Anyone Remember There’s A Strike In Montreal?

On Monday, May 9th the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) decided to walk out on strike after more than 18 months of negotiations which proved to be unfruitful. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept up on the issues at the OSM as much as I should but whether or not you think a government funded orchestra system would have a positive influence labor relations compared to the U.S. nonprofit model, the issues both sides are arguing about are exactly the same as the problems which permeated negotiations here over the past [...]
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2005 Compensation Report: ROPA Music Directors

Last in this series of compensation reports is the examination ROPA & IGSOBM ensemble music director compensation. Much like their administrative counterparts, music directors serve as the executive “manager” for nearly all things artistic, at the top level, within an orchestra (although that model is beginning to change). As such, they should be subject to the same amount of scrutiny regarding their level of performance on and off stage and if they are adequately fulfilling all of their duties, therefore qualifying them for what they are compensated. Based on last year’s figures, […]

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2005 Compensation Report: ROPA Executive Directors

Continuing with this year’s compensation reports, we move on to examine the executive director compensation at 33 ROPA & IGSOBM symphonic ensembles with annual budgets over $1 million. Following last year’s report, we discovered that the discrepancy between executive and musician base salaries was considerably larger than their counterparts in ICSOM ensembles. Let’s see what the numbers tell us for this year… Where The Numbers Come From The following “executive director (also called president and/or CEO) compensation” and “total ensemble expenditures” figures were obtained from the respective orchestra’s 2003 IRS Form 990. […]

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Examining The Union’s Role

The recent announcement from the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union that they will leave the AFL-CIO was headline news yesterday. As a result, I received a few intriguing email messages from readers about how this will impact the American Federation of Musicians... Some messages were from musicians worried that this action would lead to the eventual collapse of the AFM and other messages were from players who were hoping that the AFM would fall apart. I wrote back to each of the individuals with the same response: what happens in [...]
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Appearing Today on WNYC’s Soundcheck

I'll be appearing today on WNYC's Soundcheck with Jon Schaefer between 2:00-3:00 EST today... I'll be contributing to a succinct discussion examining the past week's events in Baltimore. If you're in the New York City area, turn your radio dial to FM93.9 or AM820 and if you don't live in NYC you can still listen to the live program online at WNYC's website or on XM Radio. If you're looking for even more radio appearances then you can head over to NPR's All Things Considered and listen to my contributions on a [...]
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