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December 1, 2020IM -
In mid-October, musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, represented by Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA), agreed to continue pay cuts for another year. In April, musicians agreed to a 20% reduction from normal salary.
Retroactive to September 12 and in effect through March 15, 2021, that pay cut has deepened—with musicians now receiving 75% of their salary. From March 15 through September 12, 2021, pay could increase or decrease within a range of 60-80% of normal pay, depending on the orchestra’s financial condition. A previously planned pay raise for this year will not happen; calculations are based on 2019-20 pay rates.
The orchestra’s budget has decreased from $51 million last season to $37 million for the current season. A chamber-sized version of the orchestra has been recording concerts, which are being streamed for $15 each.