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February 1, 2019IM -
In December, Richmond Symphony announced the ratification of a new four-year musicians’ contract, which will run through August 23, 2022.
Under the new CBA, Richmond Symphony musicians, represented by Local 123 (Richmond, VA), will receive pay increases of 1.5% to 2.5% in each of the four years, ultimately bringing base annual salary to $36,847. Four full-time positions will be added over the life of the contract—principal tuba, second horn, and two positions yet to be determined—increasing the orchestra’s full-time complement from 37 to 41 members. Musicians have agreed to expand their role in supporting the orchestra’s fundraising and marketing efforts.
Richmond Symphony is in the final phases of a $12 million capital campaign. A portion of the funds raised in the capital campaign are earmarked to support the organization in carrying out various terms of the contract.