Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to remain closed through fall 2020 season

Posted on: June 22, 2020

“On Thursday, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center announced they would cancel their fall seasons,” writes Sarah Bahr in Thursday’s (6/18) New York Times. “Lincoln Center … anticipates over $1.3 million in lost ticket revenue from the cancellation of fall events, Isabel Sinistore, a spokeswoman, said…. She added that the center had seen about $13 million in lost revenue … since the pandemic began. The center has furloughed or laid off approximately half its staff, and its leadership team has taken salary cuts. Synneve Carlino, a spokeswoman for Carnegie Hall, said the hall is projecting a deficit of approximately $8 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.… Those losses will be partially offset by furloughs of approximately 50 of the hall’s 274 full-time employees who had still been working this spring…. There will be pay cuts for all employees making over $75,000 a year. The hall tentatively plans to reopen its three theaters on Jan. 7, 2021, and Lincoln Center aims to follow on Feb. 6. Carnegie’s opening night gala, originally scheduled for Oct. 7, will become a virtual celebration on a date to be announced…. On Thursday, New York City Ballet announced that it, too, would close for the fall.”