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July 28, 2020IM -
The New York Philharmonic announced in June that it will not hold large-scale performances until at least January 6, 2021. Many orchestras across the US and Canada have made similar announcements, canceling or postponing events through 2020.
At the Philharmonic, the cancellations are expected to cost approximately $9 million in lost ticket revenue. The musicians, represented by Local 802 (New York City) will continue to be paid 75% of base salary through September 21, 2020, when the current contract expires. Musicians and management are meeting this summer to negotiate a new agreement.
The Philharmonic hopes to produce socially distanced events for small audiences this fall. In addition, renovations to the orchestra’s home, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall—which had been planned to begin in May 2022—may begin sooner while the orchestra is not performing.