Los Angeles Philharmonic gets strong return on artistic and financial investment in Dudamel

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Tuesday (11/27) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Mike Boehm writes, “In New York next month, Gustavo Dudamel will receive the award as musician of the year for 2013 from the publication Musical America. In Los Angeles he might well have been the bargain of the year for 2010. The recent filing of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s federal tax return for 2010-11 shows that Dudamel earned $985,363 in salary and benefits for 2010, his first full calendar year on the job. In comparison, at least 12 conductors and executives earned $1 million or more from nonprofit arts organizations in the United States that year. In 2009, Dudamel was paid $395,002 in his new job as the L.A. Phil’s music director that began with performances in October. … the orchestra made sure he’d stay put by renegotiating his first five-year deal, with an extension into 2019. … ‘There is no doubt Gustavo Dudamel’s directorship contributes to the L.A.’s Phil’s success,’ said orchestra spokeswoman Sophie Jefferies. ‘We continue to see his concerts selling at or near capacity.’ ” The article also looks at reported earnings of several other conductors and as well of top executives in the performing and visual arts.

Posted November 28, 2012