Facing budget shortfall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts furloughs most staff, cuts pay for others

Posted on: June 12, 2020

“Facing an increasingly long and painful shutdown, the Kimmel Center is furloughing 80% of its staff, and cutting pay and hours on a sliding scale for its remaining workers,” writes Peter Dobrin in Friday’s (6/12) Philadelphia Inquirer. “By December, the city’s largest performing arts presenter will have missed out on revenue from about 800 shows, events, and rentals since mid-March, when it closed the doors to its halls because of the coronavirus pandemic…. The center is facing a potential $5.3 million shortfall on its $54 million budget for the fiscal year ending June 30…. About 110 workers are covered by the furloughs and pay reductions, effective June 22. Ushers and other staff were let go in March…. Remaining staffers … will take cuts to hours and compensation of between 20% and 80%…. The Kimmel’s buildings—Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater—stand to be effectively mothballed. Climate control and security will continue as needed. The Kimmel may open its halls to resident companies interested in mounting shows in coming months.” Groups that perform at the Kimmel Center include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Philadanco, Opera Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Ballet.