At San Antonio Symphony, three-week furlough for musicians in 2016-17

Posted on: March 28, 2016

“Facing a funding shortfall and mounting debt, the San Antonio Symphony reached an agreement with its 72-member orchestra for a temporary layoff during the 2016-17 season,” writes David Hendricks in Wednesday’s (3/23) San Antonio Express-News (Texas). “The musicians agreed to take three weeks of unpaid leave as a way to avoid other more draconian cost reductions.… The furlough cuts … will save the symphony about $314,000 for the 2016-17 season … said symphony President David Gross. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and top executives, including Gross, also agreed will take 10 percent pay cuts next season … The furlough will allow the symphony … to balance its budget by the start of the 2016-2017 season and achieve a ‘debt-free balance sheet soon thereafter,’ the symphony and the musicians said in a separate joint statement.… The agreement came after six to seven months of discussions between the board, management, musicians and its large donors … If the symphony can raise enough donations before the three weeks of furlough begin next season, the lost pay might be avoided, [bass player Nicholas Browne] said.… The musicians are looking at ways to stage yet-undefined fundraising activities to stave off the lost weeks, Browne said.”

Posted March 28, 2016