Just in: BBC slashes classical musicians’ ratesmain
Andrew Green reports on the Classical Music site that Radio 3 is to halve the amount it pays to musicians for concert relays. The amount is usually 20-30 percent of the artist’s performing fee.
Radio 3 controller Alan Davey and his sidekick Edward Blakeman made the announcement to a gathering of artists’ agents.
The amount saved is tiny as a proportion of BBC overheads – possibly less than Alan Yentob’s salary.
UPDATE: Statement to Slipped Disc by the BBC: ‘We’re presently in a series of ongoing and confidential discussions with the industry on this matter.’