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October 1, 2020IM -
Musicians and management of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) reached a one-year contract agreement, which will be effective through August 29, 2021.
ISO musicians, members of Local 3 (Indianapolis, IN), will be paid a weekly stipend of $500 from January to August 2021—approximately a third of their previous salary. While the originally announced 2020-21 season has been canceled, musicians will be scheduled for six weeks of performances and community engagement activities.
Musicians were first furloughed in April, and relations between orchestra members and management became contentious when musicians’ healthcare was canceled in June. Under the new agreement, healthcare coverage will be restored.
“As we work to re-emerge from this challenging period, the musicians wish to express our sincere appreciation to the ISO’s loyal patrons and donors for their past and ongoing support of our orchestra,” says Brian Smith, Orchestra Committee chair and member of Local 3. “We look forward to once again bringing great music to our beloved city as soon as possible.”