4
| News |

Phoenix Symphony Musicians Agree to 17 Percent Less Pay Over Three Years

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

In a move that might cause a few sour notes, the Phoenix Symphony convinced its musicians to agree to a 17 percent pay cut over the next three years.

The "landmark" deal between the Phoenix Symphony Association and Phoenix Symphony Musicians had to be done: The symphony says its contributions are way down, forcing cuts to operating expenses despite recent sellout events.

Symphony leaders had already tried several money-saving schemes including "negotiating lower guest artist fees, voluntary staff pay cuts, staff layoffs, staff pay furloughs as well as administrative and program budget reductions." But something even more dramatic had to be done.

A statement from the Symphony says the minimum salary for musicians has been reduced to $35,000. All told, the company will save $2 million in the next three years because of the new cuts.

You'll have to forgive the orchestra a few sour notes.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.