New four-year contract for Sarasota Orchestra musicians, with salary increases

Posted on: October 3, 2019

The musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra have a new four-year collective bargaining agreement, covering the current season through the 2022-23 season. The contract includes yearly salary increases for full-time musicians, and musicians and management have agreed to a shared mutual goal of achieving a base minimum salary for the core orchestra of $40,000 over the course of the agreement, to help offset the rising cost of living in the greater Sarasota area. The agreement also includes increases in musician travel pay, an improved sick-leave program to assist part-time musicians, and 403b retirement plan enhancements.  A dependent-care provision of the health insurance benefit has also been added, and employees will continue to receive the same employer contribution toward life and disability insurance coverage. The Sarasota Orchestra is currently in its 71st season and performs at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota Opera House, Neel Performing Arts Center, Northport Performing Arts Center, and Ed Smith Stadium.  

Posted October 3, 2019