Reader Poll: Will You Return To The Office/Venue?

Now that vaccines are rolling out in earnest, more and more arts orgs are starting to talk about bringing their workforce back to the office. While we took a closer look at this topic last week, I’m curious to know what orchestra managers think about returning to work. Granted, there will always be positions that have to work on location but I’m still curious to know what readers think about returning. …

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The Risk Of Physical Injury Is Only Half Of The Equation

Everyone is in for such a treat with tomorrow’s Shop Talk episode on the topic of what orchestras of all budget size should be considering when planning for post-COVID concert activity. This installment features a panel of musician stakeholders and one of them, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoon Catherine Chen, proposed one of the most thought-provoking considerations. Specifically, she was concerned not only about the very real physical risks but the …

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State Of Employment Poll & Review August 31 – September 6

The upcoming week is traditionally the last week of the summer season and most groups are either getting into 20/21 season activity. Consequently, this week will be the final week for the poll in its current format so please encourage your friends and colleagues to submit a response. Moving forward, I’ve been putting together an updated version of the poll that will measure who stakeholder employment status continues to evolve as …

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State Of Employment Poll & Review August 24 – 30

Weekly Report Responses from Administrators indicate the shift from furlough to laid off status has continued to decline and the remaining respondents are beginning to level out into three primary groups: unemployed (40 percent), underemployed (37 percent), and employed (23 percent). It’s worth noting that this week saw the highest number of admin respondents, 73, since we began tracking employment status. Among Salaried musicians the small uptick in status at both …

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