Classical Musicians And Retirement

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When it comes to retirement and pensions, there is no shortage of anxiety. Consequently, when I heard a teaser on NPR about a retirement home for orchestra and opera musicians in Italy founded by none other than composer Giuseppe Verdi, my interest was certainly piqued. It was a fascinating segment and you can listen below as well as NPR’s website (which also has the transcript). I highly recommend setting aside some …

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What Role Do Music Directors Play In Determining Overscale?

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Who determines how much a musician earns in overscale, the part of a musician’s individual agreement that deals with extra wages paid over and above the minimums guaranteed by the collective bargaining agreement? Is it the CEO, music director, the board, a combination, or none of the above? If nothing else, Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) principal flute Elizabeth Rowe’s lawsuit alleging sex-based pay discrimination is providing ample pretext for learning more …

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Slate Magazine’s Take On Improving Sex Based Pay Discrimination Fixes Some Problems But Creates Others

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Since the news went public of Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) principal flute Elizabeth Rowe’s lawsuit alleging sex-based pay discrimination, there has been no shortage of commentary. While that’s produced plenty of talk about problems, there isn’t much of substance happening on the solutions side of thing. One exception is an article by Nancy Leong and Tenly Williams that was published in the 12/19/2018 edition of Slate.com. In addition to an overview …

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A Major Election Upset At New York City’s Local 802, American Federation of Musicians

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Last week, the membership of New York’s Local 802, American Federation of Musicians (AFM) voted in a new leadership team to replace the near decade long tenure by Local President Tino Gagliardi. At the forefront of the new leadership is the president-elect Adam Krauthamer, who won 1,111 votes, or 67.42 percent of the vote. Full election results are available from the American Arbitration Association, which certified the election process. Krauthamer, a …

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#TBT Get The Most From Your Artist Representation

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For whatever reason, I’ve enjoyed a good bit of shop talk with a broader spectrum of colleagues than usual and one topic that came up on several occasions was artist management. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all the individual artists I spoke with felt their representation was underperforming. And while there was no shortage of gripes, there was plenty of silence when I asked about what they did to help define a provider relationship …

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