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Orchestra News

Phoenix Symphony Ratifies Contract Six Months Early

Musicians of the Phoenix Symphony have ratified a one-year agreement, six months ahead of the expiration of their current contract. The new agreement goes into effect September 15, 2014 and will cover the period through October 31, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive one-year agreement; the first included a wage freeze and the following three […]

AFM Leadership Advocates Musicians’ Priorities in Washington, DC

Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has for 118 years represented the interests of professional musicians across the country. The union has a proud history of successful legislative and political action in Washington, DC. For almost a century, the AFM has taken a leadership role fighting to […]

Musicians Bring Campaign to Stop Offshore Scoring to Lionsgate

After more than a month of unsuccessful attempts to reach Lionsgate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer through letters and phone calls, it was time to pay him a visit. Rank-and-file musicians wanted to discuss Lionsgate’s practice of offshoring its musical scoring to distant countries—something that limits local musicians’ ability to earn a living and deprives our […]

Union Privilege Builds Homes for Veterans During Spring Liaison Conference

Union Privilege (UP) understands the value of home. For years, we’ve offered mortgage grants to help our members make payments in times of hardship, and provided discounts on heating and cooling to keep those homes comfortable. Because we believe that everyone deserves a safe, comfortable, and affordable home, we’ve made it our mission to team […]

The 2014 Labor Notes Conference Educates and Energizes Worldwide Labor Activists

Labor Notes is a Detroit-based media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to “put the movement back in the labor movement” since 1979.

Update on International Travel and African Elephant Ivory

Since publication of the April IM article about African elephant ivory, specifically relating to the adverse effect of Director’s Order No. 210 (the Order), we have heard from many AFM members looking for concrete solutions.

Vienna Orchestra Faces Nazi Past

In the latest move to come to grips with its Nazi past, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will return a neo-impressionist Paul Signac painting to its rightful owners. The Nazis looted the painting from French resistance figure and publisher Marcel Koch and gave it to the orchestra in 1940. It will be given to Koch’s heirs. […]

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Saves Season

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO), which announced this in March that it was close to depleting its cash reserves, has raised enough money to finish its 2013-2014 season. MSO held several benefit concerts and received two $100,000 donations since its public appeal.

San Diego Opera Hanging On

The San Diego Opera’s board of directors may take steps to try and save the company through a reorganization plan, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune report.

Oregon Symphony Sets Ticket Sales Record

The Oregon Symphony announced that it brought in more than $7 million in ticket sales this season, setting an organizational record and comprising 50% of the orchestra’s budget. Ticket sale revenue was at $5.5 million at this time last year.  As part of a contract negotiated last year, the musicians have been involved in working […]