San Antonio Turns Down A Dark Path

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The San Antonio Symphony (SAS) negotiations took an ugly turn late Wednesday evening with the revelation that not only is a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) becoming less likely, but the successorship deal that would ultimately transfer governance to a new nonprofit is falling apart as well. In order to prevent these discussions from devolving into a hopelessly confusing mess of acronyms, we’re going to clarify who’s who by using some …

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#TBT Gaining Some Perspective On Pensions

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In light of recent news coming out of San Antonio Wednesday evening, I wanted to post a second #TBT article today pointing out a pair of articles from 2004 that explain how pensions work and ways they impact collective bargaining negotiations. These will be instrumental in helping you shape a necessary frame of reference when processing all of the pension related details coming to light via the San Antonio Symphony’s (SAS) …

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According To SAS Musicians, Deficits Reflect More On Governance, Not Capacity

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The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS) published a newsletter on 12/23/17 that includes an article by Peter Flamm, San Antonio Symphony (SAS) Principal Timpani. According to Flamm’s article, the organization’s deficits aren’t the result of inadequate staff efforts or musician expenses. Instead, he suggests deficits over the past few decades should raise questions about governance. If advertising and promotion is unattractive or sporadic, ticket sales will be low and …

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#TBT San Antonio Symphony Negotiations Turn Sour (Again)

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Over the summer, the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) made a surprise announcement that it was shutting down and assigning all mission related activity to a newly formed entity, Symphonic Music for San Antonio (SMSA). This included negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the one set to expire on August 31, 2017. At the time, there were no shortage of questions related to how SMSA intended to move forward given …

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San Antonio Symphony Musicians And Their New Parent 501(c)3 Agree To A Four Month Extension

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In July 2017, the Symphony Society of San Antonio (which ran the San Antonio Symphony) abruptly announced they were terminating operations on August 31, 2017 and assigning all mission driven activity to a newly formed 501(c)3, Symphonic Music for San Antonio  (SMSA). This successorship includes the existing collective bargaining agreement with the musicians, which expires on August 31, 2017. Questions about how the new organization planned to handle this critical element …

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