Archive | April, 2008

The Internal Governance and Modernization Project

The Internal Governance and Modernization Project

For the past season, I have had the pleasure of working with the Musicians of the Phoenix Symphony on a program dubbed the Internal Governance and Modernization Project. I published some early information about the project last summer but I wanted to take a moment to publish a few additional documents in advance of some detailed articles which will appear in the near future. One is an as-of-yet not released version of a press release outlining the program’s early accomplishments and the other is a letter I composed to the Musicians of The […]

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Columbus Season To Continue Unabated

According to an April 28, 2008 press release issued by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) board, the organization will not cut short any of the scheduled classical or pops concerts from now through May 31, 2008. This decision was reached during a board meeting following the unanimous decision by the musicians of the CSO to reject the board's last, best, and final negotiation offer and an individual donation from an unnamed board member. It is good to see that the board has taken the first of two necessary steps to avoid institutional [...]
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Columbus Board Responds To Ratification Vote

On the heels of the unanimous decision by the musicians of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to reject the board's last, best, and final negotiation offer Robert Trafford, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees Chair, issued a written response the following day… Statement from Robert Trafford, Chair, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees The Columbus Symphony's Musicians' Union and the CSO board do not agree on the fundamental premise of how large a budget the Columbus market can support and afford for its orchestra. A business plan was created with input of [...]
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Columbus Symphony Musicians Unanimously Reject Contract Offer

After several negotiation sessions, the musicians of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) issued a press release early this morning detailing yesterday's ratification meeting... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2008 Columbus Symphony Musicians Unanimously Vote to Reject Board’s “Final Offer” Last night, the members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra unanimously voted by secret ballot to reject the CSO Board’s “final offer” for a new contract which would take effect next season.  The offer called for a 40% annual salary cut from all 53 Full-Time Musicians with no restoration in additional years.  The current [...]
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Getting Empowered in Columbus

Although the topic usually doesn’t get much attention beyond the discussion stage, discovering meaningful ways to empower patrons is critical for the future success of this business. Fortunately, the internet offers a wide range of tools to those with the energy, concern, and inclination to build interest in their local orchestra. One superb example recently popped up in Columbus, Ohio when three patrons banded together to create symphonystrong.com. My Inside The Arts blogging neighbor, Ron Spigelman, recently published an excellent article on the trio’s efforts and a Columbus alternative newspaper published a [...]
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