2013 seems to be the year of delay and this time around, it’s the 2013 Orchestra Compensation reports, which usually come out in June but this time around, it won’t be until later this month. But arrive it shall and this year’s installment is of particular interest as it covers the 2010/11 season, which ushered in the initial round of major labor disputes and related work stoppages. But in order to offer a little something to tie you over until then, let’s take a quick look at one figure from that season from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2009/10 season, CEO Anne Parsons earned $369,774 and in 2010/11 she earned $363,591, or a 1.6 percent reduction during the same season when musicians and non-executive staff took sizeable cuts. These figures include all entries in Schedule J, Part II, such as base compensation, other reportable compensation, retirement contributions, and nontaxable benefits.
So much for shared sacrifice.
If nothing else, the validation of seeing the numbers in the IRS Form 990 gives added credence to this 6/6/2011 article from David Zoltan at ArtsAppeal.org on the dangers of establishing a disingenuous class of arts executives.
What do you think? Will Parsons be an exception to the rule, or is her example the new order where the executive class is immune from shared sacrifice?