2021 Orchestra Compensation Reports: The Big Picture

Each year, one of the most popular items in the orchestra compensation reports is a big picture overview of all compensation alongside Total Expenditure figures. If you’ve been looking for something that shows all the report values in a single chart, this is your article. Did you know? Direct links to most of the orchestra’s financial disclosure documents at guidestar.org are available in the Orchestra Financial Reports or you can save yourself dozens of …

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2021 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

2018/19 broke the three-year streak in gains for the average concertmaster’s compensation level. Having said that, we did see one new organization cross the threshold of paying their concertmaster enough to be reported in the 990 filing (Florida Orchestra) and that’s always a good thing. The Information In order to provide information that is as accurate as possible, info from the 2018/19 season is gathered from the following source: Concertmaster compensation figures were …

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2021 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors

Much like their executive counterparts, Music Directors saw a large artificial decrease in average compensation thanks to several high paying positions being filled for only part of the season. Nonetheless, even a down season, it’s good to be the king, maestro, music director. The Information In order to provide information that is as accurate as possible, info from the 2018/19 season is gathered from the following sources: Music Director compensation figures were obtained …

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2021 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives

When it comes to executive compensation, last year’s artificially low average change (-11.62%) was offset by an equally artificial increase (19.74%). Having said that, the two-season average falls right in line with historic norms to continue the upward trend. The Information In order to provide information that is as accurate as possible, info from the 2018/19 season is gathered from the following sources: Executive compensation figures were obtained from their respective orchestra’s IRS Form …

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2021 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Introduction

If you had to summarize this year’s compensation report trends in a single word, it might be “whipsaw.” Last year’s reports saw anomalies in averages thanks to several high paying positions going unfilled or occupied by someone for a partial season. As a result, we saw more artificially lower averages than normal. Now that most of those positions have been filled, we’re seeing the opposite. Which Season The Information Covers (spoiler: …

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