Philadelphia musicians donate $74,000 to hit the orchestra’s funding target

Peter Dobrin reports:

Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are ending the season in unison, contributing a total of $74,000 to the organization that employs them. The donation represents 100 percent participation by the orchestra’s 96 members, according to leaders of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association….

“I don’t remember another occasion in my nearly 40 years with the orchestra when the musicians have made such a significant financial contribution to the POA,” said orchestra cellist Gloria dePasquale….

 

Nonprofits strive for 100 percent participation in campaigns and annual funds because, beyond the money itself, the gesture signals unity.

Full report here.

 

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  • While I applaud the efforts of the musicians of this remarkable orchestra to save it by contributing out of their own wages, I have nothing but disdain for their management and board for their terrible stewardship of this one-of-a-kind treasure.

    Their latest contract STILL leaves them 8 or 9 musicians short of their full complement of players and SEVENTH in wages/benefits in the list of American orchestras.

    • Agreed. There’s a lot of creativity in what Yannick and the orchestra are doing, with pop up concerts (free) and all sorts of events to get in the early crowd after work and whatnot, however, it’s a pity to see the players having to chip in here. The orchestra sounds very good and has a pretty good hall. They have an exciting and engaged conductor who stayed with them even after he got the Met job. He is committed. He should be, this is a great orchestra.

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