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In mid-December, musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra ratified a new contract. The deal is retroactive to August 31 and is effective through 2017-2018 season. Musicians had been working under a play-and-talk arrangement since August, when their previous contract expired.
The agreement provides increases in wages, and improves musicians’ working conditions while on tour. Musicians allowed for changes to recording and broadcast provisions, will contribute more toward their health insurance, and will donate 12 services over the duration of the contract. The pay gap between members of The Cleveland Orchestra and their peers at other major orchestras had widened over the past few years and this contract narrows that difference.
The orchestra also recently announced a surplus of $72,000 for fiscal year 2014—especially impressive considering it had increased its budget by more than $2 million. Higher attendance at Severance Hall, Blossom Music Festival, and the orchestra’s annual residency in Miami brought earned revenue to a record $21 million. At $11.1 million, annual gifts surpassed the record set last year, and The Cleveland Orchestra brought in $32 million in other donations. Its endowment grew by nearly $10 million.
The Cleveland Orchestra attributes its successes to efforts toward deepening the relationship between the institution and its community.