Because he’s worth it: What your music director is being paidmain
Yesterday, we brought you Drew McManus’s annual earnings list of chief executive pay in US orchestras.
Today it’s the turn of the maestro.
Drew points out that in the year reported, 2001/12, several orchestras (notably Boston and Detroit) deliberately withheld the pay of their music director from the IRS form. Others paid their music director as a private contractor in two or more payments to maintain maestro secrecy. If this trend grows, donors will soon start asking questions.
The top payers were:
1 Chicago Symphony, over $2 million
2 San Francisco SO, also over $2m
3 National Symphony (just under $2m)
The rest can be studied here.
James Levine’s pay at the Met still outstrips the rest.