How Recent Changes To The US Tax Code Introduce Risk To Orchestra Labor Relations

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An article by Daniel Braden in the 2/11/18 edition of the Morning Call examines how recent changes in the US tax code will have a decidedly negative impact on orchestra musicians classified as employees (as opposed to self employed contractors). The author is a former tax consultant specializing in serving musicians and according to his analysis of the new laws, employee classified musicians are going to lose the ability to deduct …

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#TBT Past Performance Is No Guarantee Of Future Results

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Today’s #TBT is really a prelude to tomorrow’s post about one of the dynamic ways recent changes to the tax code will impact the field of nonprofit orchestras. In order to get the most out of that post, it will help to have a broader understanding of how orchestras, as employers, offload what are normally costs of doing business onto employees. In its own ironic way, the field has been a …

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#TBT You Want To Carry That On Board And Put It Where Again?

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If you’re an orchestra musician, the anxiety attached to flying with your instrument is all too familiar. Will they let you one with your instrument or not? Career roulette is fun! #not If you’re an arts manager, you know the pain of that 11th hour call from your guest artist telling you the airline wouldn’t them on the plane without checking their instrument, so they won’t be there. #NowWhat? There are …

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#TBT What Your Audition Rep Says About Your Orchestra

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Holly Mulcahy published an article recently that questions whether standard audition repertoire aligns with contemporary strategic visions. “…how sincere is it to say your orchestra actively promotes outreach and diversity, new music, and gender equality when your orchestra lists only dead white male composers on the audition repertoire requirements?” The subject of orchestra musician auditions is a sure fire topic for attention. Regardless if you’re a musician, administrator, board member, or …

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Commentary: A Question Of Just Cause For Discipline Or Discharge In Minnesota

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On Saturday, 12/2/17 the Minnesota Orchestra presented a concert featuring a guest artist known for writing music inspired by politics, his passion for opera, love, and family relationships. During the second half of the performance, the artist addressed the audience expressing concern over the recently passed GOP tax plan. Before his address to the audience was complete, the orchestra’s principal trumpet decided it offended his political sensibilities to such a degree …

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