At Nashville Symphony, one-year deal, 15 percent pay cuts for musicians

Posted on: September 3, 2013

“Musicians with the Nashville Symphony have agreed to 15 percent pay cuts as part of a one-year deal with the Nashville Symphony Association,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (8/27) Tennessean (Nashville). “The deal takes effect immediately and will expire on July 31, 2014. The musicians’ pay cuts are in line with recent pay cuts given to the orchestra’s top leadership, including CEO Alan Valentine and music director Giancarlo Guerrero.’ … ‘We are profoundly grateful to our musicians for their spirit of shared sacrifice,’ Valentine said in a release…. ‘This one-year contract is a stopgap measure that provides a way to keep the music playing in the Schermerhorn at the high artistic level Nashville has come to expect,’ said Dave Pomeroy, president of the Nashville Musicians Association. ‘These musicians will be working much more for considerably less money, and their collective sacrifice is a testimony to their ongoing commitment to our community. We look forward to working with the Symphony Association towards a mutual goal of restoring NSO salaries to a level commensurate with their world-class talent as soon as possible.’ The Nashville Symphony’s 2013/14 season will begin, as scheduled, on September 5-7 with ‘Russian Spectacular,’ featuring music by Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.”

Posted September 3, 2013