Okay, guys. By now you’ve probably heard about the BSO’s contract negotiations. Heck, even if you’re not in the area you may have heard about them – it’s an… interesting situation. So very interesting, in fact, that I really don’t feel it would be safe to start sounding off on my opinions while still in their employ, lowly intern or no.* I will, however, present you with a list of links regarding the subject from the two major local papers.
Oh, but I shouldn’t send you away blind. In case you don’t know, last week the BSO musicians accepted a contract that reduced all salaries by 16.6% for the next two years. Read below for the whys and wherefores:
From Ann Midgette at The Washington Post: “Baltimore Symphony reaches new contract agreement with musicians”
From Tim Smith at The Baltimore Sun: “BSO salaries take another hit”
From a Sun blog: “BSO makes the best of a bad situation”
The BSO Facebook page has set a goal of 4,000 fans to show support for the orchestra. If you’re on Facebook, make sure you become a fan!
* Actually, no, I did want to mention one thing. In response to a Facebook posting of one of the articles, a gentleman inquired, “Are the Ravens and Orioles stepping in to help out, since the arts bring more revenue to the city than the sports franchises, and the sports personalities and team owners make substantially more than the artists?”
This is a BRILLIANT IDEA. Seriously, it would be a fabulous PR stunt on both sides for a Raven or Oriole or some such to step up with a big donation. Can anyone get on this?