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Orchestra News

African Elephant Ivory Update

Our work on this issue continues. Working with the League of American Orchestras (the League), the National Association of Violin and Bow Makers, the National Association of Music Merchants, and others, our group continues to meet with top Obama Administration officials, members of Congress, and their staff to shape new policies while fighting against the […]


Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Signs New Contract

Members of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera have reached an agreement on a two-year contract. Covering the current and 2015-2016 seasons, the contract will provide a total salary increase of 2% while maintaining the number of musicians and season length. Subscriptions sales for the 2014-2015 season are the highest they have been in six years […]


Film Incentive Reform Act of 2014: A Powerful New Tool and Voice for American Musicians

The AFM is leading the charge against the offshoring of American jobs in music, while at the same time protecting the values we uphold as artists. American workers should feel confident that their government will not bestow lucrative tax subsidies on wealthy corporations that send jobs overseas. AFM President Ray Hair stated: “There is no […]


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Locked Out Again

Musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra locked out for the second time in two years and the beginning of their 70th anniversary season has been canceled. The previous contract expired September 6. ASO President and CEO Stanley Romanstein refused musicians’ requests to meet in the days leading up to the deadline.The musicians were forced to […]


2014 ICSOM Conference Focused on the Art of Advocacy

by Laura Ross, ICSOM Secretary and Member of Local 257  (Nashville, TN) The 2014 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) Conference, hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), was held August 25-28 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Conference focus was on the art of […]


Local 180 Creates Organizing Committee Along with New Logo and Slogan

At the 99th AFM Convention locals were urged to establish their own organizing committees. As the result of that request, Local 180 (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON) set to work creating a committee to foster external and internal organizing efforts—in other words, to develop programs that focus on mobilizing current membership. “In September 2013, we created a Local […]


Hawaii Symphony Expands Season in New Agreement

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO), which was formed following the closure of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in 2011, has ratified a new two-year musicians’ contract. The new agreement covers the orchestra’s 84 musicians through June 2016 and provides for two additional weeks each season. HSO plans to expand the diversity of its programming and develop […]


Oregon Symphony Extends Contract

Musicians of the Oregon Symphony have signed a one-year contract extension, through August 2015. The Oregon Symphony Association recently hired a new president and the musicians wanted him to have time to become more familiar with the organization before negotiating a new contract. Negotiations are expected to begin in spring or summer 2015. Musicians have […]


North Carolina Symphony to Receive Salary Increases

At the end of June, musicians of the North Carolina Symphony ratified a two-year agreement that will be effective through August 2016. The season length will remain at 39 weeks and musicians will receive modest salary increases each year. Whereas language in the previous contract stated that the orchestra would make best efforts to fill […]


Local 655 Urges Boycott of South Florida Symphony

The South Florida Musicians Association encourages members of its community to boycott the South Florida Symphony (SFS). The symphony is delinquent in paying wages to its musicians; many have yet to be paid for any of the work they performed in 2014 and only recently received payment for the work they performed in November 2013. […]








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