The Dallas Symphony has reached a new three-year contract with its musicians, based on a wage freeze for the first year. The next two years will see a two percent upgrade.
Base pay is presently almost $100,000.
Press release here.
UPDATE: We’ve had the full numbers from the musicians:
2017-18: 99,526.96 (as 2016-17)
2018-19: 101,382.32 (+2%)
2019-20: 103, 274.60 (+2%)
The reason for the pay freeze in the first year is that management agreed to substantially increase its contribution towards the musicians’ health care costs. That was referred to a little obliquely in the press release, but it was something that was really important to us. There were also numerous improvements to working conditions.