The plight of the San Antonio Symphony has deepened to the point where the musicians have agreed to waive three weeks’ wages to keep the band alive.
They will get paid for 27 weeks this season instead of the contracted 30.
Basic pay in the orchestra is $1,100 a week.
Details here. The slogan seems ill-judged.
UPDATE: A response from Sarah Silver, Assistant Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony:
“The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony have agreed to a potential furlough of 3 weeks of the 2016/17 season in order to help retire accumulated debt. If the debt is retired before next season then no furloughs will occur. Although the orchestra has indeed had many challenges over the past several decades, it thrives as the cultural heart of the city of San Antonio. Furthermore, the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony fervently believe that this great city can and will support us. We have recently made many exciting strides, including our move into the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The unfortunate slogan, “Let Yourself Go,” is one of years past. All one needs to do is go to the Tobin Center and hear us play. You’ll soon agree that we are here to stay!”