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Re: “Annotating the Music

First of all, no one has ever said that the musicians are paid a full time salary. It has been made plainly clear that the musicians rely on the Symphony for their foundational salary and cobble together a living around the Symphony schedule. Any wage lower than the current level (which is still paltry for the commitment given) will drive the best musicians in the core to pursue employment elsewhere, and degrade the quality and artistry that has currently been achieved.
"In fact, under the recently expired contract, musicians couldn’t perform services for more than 20 hours in any given week." Anyone who understands how a professional orchestra works, realizes there is this thing called individual practice that takes up a lot of time outside of that "20 hours in any given week." To initially state that this is a part-time job and then complain that the musicians cannot perform services for more than 20 hours per week is absurd.
You can´t have your cake and eat it, too. You can´t lower pay to an unsustainable amount while placing stricter leave requirements on the musicians making it more difficult to find other better paying work on the limited occasions that would occur.
"The reality is that reducing the pay of the 36 core musicians has been a last resort. Everything else that could have been cut has already been cut." The reality is the Symphony ended last season with a surplus and this years proposed budget is giving raises to the conductors and budgeting for higher pay to guest artists. That does not appear to be a last resort. Freeze the conductors´ pay just as the musicians´ pay has been frozen for the last 3 years and try bringing in fewer guest artists if time are tough and save a little money there. This is no last resort. This is a sure way to devastate the artistic integrity of the organizations and force the orchestra to settle for much less than it has beautifully built to this point.
Please, Mr. Green, reorder the symphony board´s priorities and invest your resources in the musicians who, without, in case you have forgotten, there would be no Spokane Symphony.

Posted by Goodvibespro on 11/20/2012 at 9:49 PM

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