2012 Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

With the exception of where concertmasters fell in the overall Top 10 earners, the 2009/10 season was a wholly unremarkable year for concertmaster compensation. Based on the figures available (which are fewer than executives or music directors, but more on that later), the average concertmaster experienced a marginal decrease of 1.9 percent in annual compensation. AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CONCERTMASTERS COMPENSATION REPORTING Due to the changes in the IRS Form 990, …

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Happy Fourth Of July

I hope everyone gets a chance today to get out and enjoy time with family and friends and kudos to you if you’re engaged in a concert, making today that much more special for everyone in your community. FYI, the 2012 Concertmaster Compensation Report will be published tomorrow and in case you missed them, check out this year’s reports for executives and music directors.

2012 Compensation Reports: Music Directors

The 2009/10 season was one of transition at a number of orchestras, especially the larger budget organizations. Several groups were amidst music director changes and/or in the middle of interim leadership and without those larger figures, the cumulative average compensation was lower than the previous season. However, if you remove the Top 10 Total Expenditure groups from the mix from both seasons, it is a different story. WHAT’S NEW FOR THE …

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2012 Compensation Reports: Executives

The 2009/10 season was the first to suffer the brunt of the economic downturn but its impact on executive compensation varied wildly from one group to the next. This season experienced some of the largest gaps between compensation extremes with some executives enjoying modest to healthy increases while others experienced sizable cuts. But in the end, and for the first time since the 2000/01 season, the average orchestra executive earned less …

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