Less than a month after public discord over growing labor disputes, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) announced it is cancelling the 20-21 “indoor” season.
Of interest in the statement is the following passage:
We will also be meeting to discuss how the musicians will be supported in the interim, with a priority on providing health insurance for the musicians and their families.
The kicker here is the ISO is still in negotiations with their musicians on an extension to the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires Aug 31, 2020. It’s difficult to miss that the statement did not include anything from the musician’s spokespersons nor have the musicians issued their own statement.
Hopefully, strategic decisions weren’t influenced by thoughts of using it as negotiation leverage, but the timing of cancellations makes it difficult to dismiss out of hand.
By this time next month, we may know more.