The Pew Research Center has been releasing some particularly useful data on the demographics of job loss and pay reductions across the full employment sector. It’s a fascinating juxtaposition to the much smaller cross section of info we’ve been collecting that focuses on orchestra employee stakeholders.
It would be genuinely fascinating to be able to go into the same degree of detail as Pew’s research, but it doesn’t take long to see some parallels between data sets. They tweeted one of the more comprehensive charts on Americans who have lost a job or taken a pay cut due to Covid-19 back in may (h/t @CeciDadisman).
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) May 15, 2020
All of this will become increasingly relevant at the end of June as groups that received SBA or PPP loans get to the end of those funds.
Between now and then, we have a lot of ground to cover, so much like the weather in Chicago, if you don’t like what you see, just wait fifteen minutes. Granted, those aren’t ideal conditions for strategic decision making but I hope groups manage to resist the temptation to make long term decisions unless there are no other options available.
And speaking of the weekly orchestra job status survey, if you have not yet submitted a response this week, please take a moment to do so and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.