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An Updated Look At Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2016

Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations will likely have a larger impact on their future competitiveness than some of the upcoming negotiations for their peers. In order to visualize these distinctions, here’s a chart illustrating the current “Big Eight” base musician annual salaries from the 2009/10 season through those with agreements reaching out to the 2017/18 season. Over […]

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Let’s Take A Look At Big Eight Musician Compensation

Now that Cleveland has settled, we can begin to get a sense for how base musician compensation compares across the highest tier of big budget orchestras, which we’ll call The Big Eight (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, LA, National, New York, Philly, and San Francisco). Granted, we’ll be updating this chart with Cleveland’s figures once that data is available and when it is, it will be interesting to see how they compare with Philly, their nearest compensation neighbor. But for now, this should give you a sense for how these groups compare. Caveats. Why Did […]

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Trifonov And The NYPhil

While away on vacation, I’ve been following the news about Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is joining the New York Philharmonic’s board of directors. I don’t know Trifonov but have heard his recordings and think he’s certainly superb musician and based on insight from sources I trust, he’s a good person but I simply can’t figure out why this is news or what the NYPhil’s board expects Trifonov’s presence to actually contribute (beyond the obligatory, yet benign, comments in the press release). Fortunately, Lisa Hirsch published an article on this very topic over […]

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If You Want To Go See Bugs Bunny In New York, You’re Going To Have Trouble

As a follow-up to the earlier post about the viral success of the Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II show video posted on the New York Philharmonic’s wall on 1/16/2015, all four shows scheduled for the end of the month have official sold out. Originally, the show was scheduled for three performances but the strong initial sales combined with the viral video success produced an additional performance and nearly two weeks before the first scheduled event, there are no more seats available. So at this point, it might be more appropriate to update the […]

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You Get An Extra Day To KILL DE WABBIT!

On January 22, 2015 we took a look at how a New York Philharmonic (NYPhil) promo video on Facebook for their Bugs Bunny At The Symphony II show managed to go viral along with its impact on ticket sales. As a worthwhile follow-up, it is worth pointing out sales were so high, the NYPhil added an additional performance to the original three. The show’s co-creator, George Daugherty, posted a note on his Facebook account announcing the additional show on 2/12/2015 and at the time this article was written, the original promo video has […]

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