Why The “If You Aren’t Playing, We Aren’t Paying” Rationale Just Doesn’t Work

As coronavirus shutdowns continue, we’re seeing some genuinely positive interaction between employers and musician employees working toward mutually agreeable solutions to the sensitive issue of payroll. Outside of those scenarios, I’m seeing one of the most derogatory old-school stereotypes emerge as justification for cancelling musician pay entirely: musicians only work 20 hours per week. This twisted notion assumes that musicians are only paid for the time they are on stage rehearsing …

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Choose Your Modifiers Carefully

During times of crisis it is not unusual to see formal communication include more than its fair share of adjectives and adverbs to help set a narrative. While the need for transparency and expedient communication is strong, it’s worth a few extra moments to perform a formal modifier check. Case in point, I’m seeing a spike in the use of the word “indefinitely” to describe cancellations. Example: “We regret to inform …

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LA Opera Determines Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against Domingo Are Credible

With all the COVID-19 news, you may have missed the LA Opera’s announcement that their investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against former General Director Plácido Domingo confirmed 10 counts of credible accusations. An article written by Jessica Gelt in the 3/10/2020 edition of the LA Times provides a good bit of detail. Here are some highlights that should catch your attention: Only a summary of the report will be released but …

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COVID-19’s Impact Is Starting To Take Shape

I had the pleasure of talking to WWFM’s Rachel Katz for her program, A Tempo, about the impact COVID-19 is having across the classical music sector. It’s a particularly interesting segment thanks to Katz interviewing several freelance musicians who have seen all or most of their work dry up. My part of the conversation focused on financial pressures, communication, cash flow, and the substantial difference between organizations that engage musicians as per-service …

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The Age Of Force Majeure

Perhaps you’re one of the fortunate ones who doesn’t have to set aside much time planning for potential cancellations or postponements due to covid-19; but for everyone else, you should be taking a very close look at the force majeure clause in all of your agreements. One of the more financially pressing agreements will be your collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While stereotypical conventional thinking may dictate these agreements are mostly the …

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