Two US strikes are ended by private donations

Two US strikes are ended by private donations


norman lebrecht

December 08, 2016

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians voted to go back to work last night after a $700,000 anonymous gift saved them from a deep wage cut.

We understand that a similar bequest ended the Pittsburgh Symphony strike a few days ago.

It’s the American way.


  • Mark Henriksen says:

    Once again, the 1% does a lot more than 1% to keep classical music available in the USA…Thank you!

    • NYMike says:

      An ongoing unhealthy situation. Too bad our Congress can’t increase NEA funding to the point where it is more than just window-dressing. Worse, the incoming Congress will try to gut the fund altogether. The reality show mentality will forge to the front

      • V.Lind says:

        Too right. The American Way is to avoid taxation at all costs. The arts probably receives less per capita funding in the US than in any other civilised country.

        I do not see this as something to be approved of. It works across the board. Americans would rather give to the charity of THEIR choice (say, a particular hospital or health issue) and take a tax write-off for it than pay a little more tax that would secure freely-available hospital and medical care for all Americans across the board. This way the 1%, rather than an elected set of representatives, get to select what gets funded.

        It’s the American way. It’s the Trump way. And they can keep it. I prefer societies that, however imperfectly, strive to work for all, not the 1%.

  • jaxon says:

    ….I think there is some confusion here over the meaning of “bequest”