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Orchestra News

Pacific Symphony Reaches Settlement with Musicians Union on Compensation

Pacific Symphony musicians, management, and the Orange County Musicians Union, Local 7 (Orange County, CA), have ratified a short-term agreement to last until early September, providing the musicians financial support due to concerts the organization was forced to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vancouver Symphony Rescinds Layoffs

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which announced the layoffs of its musicians on April 1, was able to rescind those layoffs just two weeks later.

Musicians Make Concessions to Help Organizations Bridge Challenges

Musicians at many orchestras continue to make sacrifices amid the pandemic to assist their organizations in weathering this difficult time.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Voluntarily Recognizes Union

After Cleveland Jazz Orchestra musicians unanimously signed cards stating they are joining together in union, the orchestra’s board of trustees unanimously voted to voluntarily recognize the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4 (Cleveland, OH), as the musicians’ exclusive bargaining agent.

Baltimore Symphony Has Bright Future

On March 17, 2020 a bill that will provide additional funding for the Baltimore Symphony was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and awaits Governor Hogan’s signature to become law.

Orchestras Rally to Put Digital Solutions in Place

Because large gatherings are no longer allowed due to COVID-19, musicians are turning to other digital solutions, such as live streaming, to perform.

Concerts Canceled and Postponed

In the interest of public health and in compliance with local health advisories, orchestras across the United States and Canada have canceled, postponed, or curtailed performances, educational offerings, and other public events.

ICSOM Provides Legal Guidance Regarding the Application of Force Majeure Due to Coronavirus Threat

By Kevin Case, ICSOM Counsel and Member of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL) Editor’s note: This article was a memo sent to International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) delegates and committee chairs, and a version of this is appearing in the ICSOM newsletter Senza Sordino. It is being reprinted with permission. Dear Delegates: As you […]

Boston Musicians Association Achieves Five-Year CBA

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a first CBA with the Boston Musicians Association (BMA), Local 9-535 (Boston, MA).

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Contract Early

Seven months in advance of the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), musicians and management of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) ratified a new contract in January.