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October 1, 2020IM -
The musicians of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (PRSO), members of Local 555 (San Juan, PR), are launching a campaign titled Salvemos la Sinfónica (Save the Symphony) to generate interest and support for the PRSO’s dire financial situation, and to pressure local politicians and lawmakers into assisting the orchestra.
The PRSO operational budget has been severely affected by multiple challenges, including loss of income from live concerts due to the COVID pandemic, the lasting effect of the natural disasters Puerto Rico has suffered in these past years, and the drastic budget cuts imposed on the symphony by the Financial Oversight and Management Board, appointed by the federal government to certify Puerto Rico’s public budget. These cuts have put the symphony’s forthcoming concert season and the renowned Casals Festival at risk.
The aim of the campaign is to urge Puerto Rico’s governor, local legislators, and the Financial Oversight Board to allocate the funds necessary for the PRSO to fulfill its cultural and educational mission: bringing acclaimed musical performances to local and international audiences, continue its positive impact on thousands of Puerto Rican students, and let PRSO’s music alleviate the hardships of the difficult times the island is going through.