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Negotiation Update 2016

Most professional orchestra collective bargaining agreements expire during the summer months and since the economic downturn, it is increasingly common to see groups continue negotiating past the current agreement’s expiration date. A decade ago, that used be cause for alarm but in today’s environment, it is practically standard operating procedure assuming groups don’t manage to […]

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Tap Into The Click. Click. Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills Microsite

Over the past few years, I’ve discovered that providing a dedicated micro-site for presentations and lectures is a terrific way to enhance the learning environment. That was exactly the case with the 2016 Arts Midwest pre-conference session Click. Click. Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills and I’m pleased to share the site with Adaptistration readers. […]

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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 […]

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And Then That Happened

I’m away at the 2016 @ArtsMidwest conference today but want to quickly point out two items of notes related to substitute parity (paying substitute musicians an equal per-service rate as their salary based colleagues). Regular readers know the topic of equal pay for equal work among orchestra musicians is a popular topic and one ongoing […]

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Tensions Build In Philadelphia Orchestra Negotiations

One item we missed last week was an article about growing tensions in the Philadelphia Orchestra Association (POA) collective bargaining negotiations. Written by Peter Dobrin and published in the 9/8/2016 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the article provides a glimpse of what’s happening at that orchestra’s bargaining table. The article has a few items of […]

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Off To Milwaukee And The 2016 @ArtsMidwest Conference

I’m en route today to Milwaukee for the 2016 Arts Midwest conference (@ArtsMidwest) where I’ll be taking part in the Click. Click. Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills pre-conference session on Tuesday, 9/13/2016. Joining me on the panel are two colleagues I am always thrilled to work with: Ceci Dadisman and Marc van Bree. The session has already generated […]

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Fort Worth Symphony Musicians Strike

The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) initiated a work stoppage by calling a strike at 1:30pm ET on Thursday, 9/8/2016. According to the official press release from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local which represents the musicians, AFM Local 72-147, the strike was called following that morning’s rehearsal. An article by […]

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