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Vancouver Symphony Rescinds Layoffs

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which announced the layoffs of its musicians on April 1, was able to rescind those layoffs just two weeks later. The symphony now expects to maintain employment for both its musicians and staff, paying 75% of normal wages, at least through June. The reversal is thanks in part to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy Program.

Virtual performances of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies were a great success, and the orchestra is now exploring more ways to engage audiences through virtual offerings.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra musicians are members of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC).