An Austrian state auditor, Joseph Moser, has described the financial management systems at the Salzburg festivals as being ‘unworthy of an organisation with a one million Euro turnover, let alone 50 million.’
Dr Moser said there was too much cash slushing around in plain envelopes for artist payments. Up to 6.83 million Euros a year, he said, was paid out in cash.
Salzburg festival president Helga Rabl-Stadler dismissed the report as “unfair”, “simply wrong”, “impractical”, “malicious” and “defamatory”. I guess she didn’t agree with its content.
You can read the judge’s full report here (in German).