2006 Compensation Report: Subscribers Only Special Report

Welcome subscribers! As promised, this is the special 2006 Adaptistration Compensation Report Subscribers Only article. For this installment, I decided to include some additional information that has been at the top of reader requests all week long.

What About San Antonio and Colorado Springs?
As it turns out, the compensation figures for the San Antonio Symphony (ICSOM) and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (ROPA) were inadvertently left out of the 2006 Compensation Reports. After receiving a number of concerned email messages from players and patrons in both communities I thought it would be best to make sure and include those figures in this special report.


Comparative Data
The most requested element readers called for is to see information for every element of the 2006 reports presented together in a single graphic. As such, I put together the following charts based on information delivered over all five of the 2006 reports:



Cumulative Data
One reader wrote asking if the Los Angeles Philharmonic really spent $74,857,333 in the 2003-2004 season. The answer would be, yes they did. In fact, for just the organizations listed in the compensation reports, the 2003-2004 cumulative total expenditures for ICSOM ensembles alone is nearly $1 billion.

Nevertheless, the differences between the cumulative expenditures for ICSOM and ROPA ensembles included in the reports shows the enormous economic differences between the two conferences, as illustrated in the following chart:


Speaking Of Expenditures
Another frequent reader request was to see data organized by total expenditures s opposed to alphabetically. The readers wish is my command: the following charts present all of the compensation information for each conference organized by total expenditure:



Thank you to everyone for sending in your observations and requests. Taking the time out of your day to do so helps make Adaptistration as useful as possible.

Don’t forget, you can purchase a copy of all the compensation reports in an easy-to-use paperback version with figures for every ROPA and ICSOM symphonic orchestra ED, MD, CM, and base musician salary from the 1999-2000 season through the 2003-2004 season. Just click the banner below:

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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2006 Compensation Report: Subscribers Only Special Report