Much like the 2013 reports, this year’s compensation reports are all about context. For instance, the data covers compensation for the 2011/12 season, which managed to increase the amount of already record breaking austerity driven conflict between stakeholders.
Brush fires turned into firestorms but in a turn that might be best characterized as puzzling, average compensation for each stakeholder group increased, with increases among the executive class outpacing other stakeholders by more than 50 percent.
Changes For The 2014 Reports
Those who fail to adapt, die. That adage is taken to heart here so to that end, we’ve made the following changes to enhance the data’s usefulness as well as improve the overall user experience.
- This year includes an additional installment which provides one big chart comparing all three stakeholders side by side as well as introducing Total Expenditure figures.
- Each stakeholder compensation chart now includes icons that indicate increase/decrease from previous season compensation.
- Additional 13 year average charts, one for each stakeholder.
- Expanded tooltip notes.
- Dedicated data correction/explanation forms to make it even easier for any reader to get in touch if s/he has reason to believe any of the information is inaccurate or has changed since reported.
- There are four less groups included in this year’s report due falling below the $2 million total expenditure threshold: Delaware Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, and Orchestra Iowa.
Are The Musician Compensation Figures Back?
The 2013 Compensation Reports saw the single largest change since they were launched in 2005; namely, the exclusion of base musician compensation figures. Although the reports have always maintained a goal of providing as comprehensive an overview as possible between stakeholder compensation, the 2014 reports are still unable to incorporate base musician compensation figures due to the same root problem related to the unreliability of the source data. You can learn more about this change in the 2012 Compensation Reports introduction article.
- Tuesday, 7/8/2014: Executives
- Wednesday, 7/9/2014: Music Directors
- Thursday, 7/10/2014: Concertmasters
- Friday, 7/11/2014: Overview and 13 year averages