Detroit Symphony musicians ask Ford to withhold funding

Posted on: January 12, 2011

In Tuesday’s (1/11) Detroit News, Michael H. Hodges reports, “On Monday, striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians took their cause to the epicenter of all activity in Detroit this week—the North American International Auto Show. A half-dozen musicians handed out about 200 fliers at Cobo Center on Monday morning, asking Ford Motor Co. to withdraw its support for the DSO until the strike is over, said musicians’ spokesman Haden McKay. … The leaflets also asked Ford to remove any corporate logos from the DSO website and promotional material. Ford’s logo appears on the DSO’s season sponsor/corporate partner page under the ‘$100,000 and more’ heading. At the Ford Motor Co. Fund, which handles the corporation’s charitable giving, spokeswoman Della DiPietro said Ford gave the orchestra $120,000 early in 2010, well before the strike began Oct. 4. She added that she’s unaware of any future commitments the fund has made to the DSO. McKay emphasized that the musicians are not asking large donors to stop giving entirely, merely to hold off until the 14-week-old labor dispute is resolved.”

Posted January 12, 2011