You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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“Remember that Elgar score you have with the composer’s original markings? Yeah, it’s hot and the police may want to have a word with you.” The 7/11/2018 edition of published an article by Maddy Shaw Roberts that reports on what started off as an Antiques Roadshow classical music find turned out to be more enlightening than the woman bargained for. The whole article is worth a ready but here are …

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Breaking Down The Elizabeth Rowe Complaint

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Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) principal flute Elizabeth Rowe is suing her employer “to recover over $200,000 in unpaid wages unequal to the pay of a comparable male musician.” We’re going to examine the bulk of her complaint on a point by point basis. It would be surprising to see the suit go to trial but if it does, it would undoubtedly have profound impact on how orchestras approach individual musician agreements. …

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#TBT Equality

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In light of the Elizabeth Rowe lawsuit (which we’ll be taking a deep dive into on Friday), it seems fitting to make today’s #TBT post all about equal pay for equal work. Among the lawsuit’s numerous dynamic consequences is whether orchestra musician substitutes should legally qualify for equal pay to their rostered colleagues. We’ve examined this issue in great detail and it continues to be one of the most contentious among …

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If Your Organization Uses Google Maps, Routes, or Places, You May Need To Begin Paying For The Service

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Good news and bad news: on July 17, 2018 Google’s new pricing structure kicks in for the use of Maps, Routes, and Places. Good news is it will go a long way toward ironing out a haphazard collection of existing APIs. Bad news is you’ll be required to create an account and a billing profile in order to use them. While most users will fall within the pricing plan’s free use parameters, …

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Time To Tame The Wild West Of Equal Pay

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I had the pleasure of being an on-air guest for a segment of KPCC 89.3’s AirTalk; lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more, hosted by Larry Mantle. We talked about Elizabeth Rowe’s lawsuit and took a deeper dive into how individual agreements work along with some of the connected issues. You can listen to the segment online at AirTalk’s program page for this episode. …

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