Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2018

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It’s time to revisit base musician compensation levels at the top eight highest paying orchestras. For a number of these orchestras, the 2017/18 season marks the end of their existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and they have yet to ratify a new contract. In each of those instances, the outcomes will have a large impact on what many orchestra musicians consider their organization’s ability to compete for the best on-stage talent. …

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Big Budget CEO Openings: One Down, Two To Go

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The San Francisco Symphony recently announced that Mark Hanson has been appointed as their new Executive Director (ED). Wasting no time, Hanson is officially reporting for the new post on September 1, 2017. Fun fact: Hanson will be the SFS’s first executive leader from outside the organization in 39 years. Peter Pastreich served in that role from 1978-1999 and the organization’s previous ED worked as his General Manager from 1990-1994, then …

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San Francisco Symphony Takes A Stand On Equal Rights

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Typically, nonprofit performing arts organizations avoid politically charged topics at all costs but in what is perhaps a sign that times are indeed changing, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) recently announced it is cancelling a two-day set of concerts at Chapel Hill, N.C. “in response to that state’s House Bill 2 (HB2), a law which overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals earlier this year.” The San Francisco Chronicle …

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An Updated Look At Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2016

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Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations will likely have a larger impact on their future competitiveness than some of the upcoming negotiations for their peers. In order to visualize these distinctions, here’s a chart illustrating the current …

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Let’s Take A Look At Big Eight Musician Compensation

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Now that Cleveland has settled, we can begin to get a sense for how base musician compensation compares across the highest tier of big budget orchestras, which we’ll call The Big Eight (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, LA, National, New York, Philly, and San Francisco). Granted, we’ll be updating this chart with Cleveland’s figures once that data is available and when it is, it will be interesting to see how they compare with Philly, …

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