Berlin plans to publish cultural salaries

The Berlin Senate has decided that leading personalities in the cultural field will have their earnings made public, the Berliner Zeitung reports today.

That should include the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Robin Ticciati and Vladimir Jurowski. Not all of them will be happy.

We’ll keep you posted.

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  • Don’t ignore that moral paragon, Ivan Fischer, who is in such a place to lecture the entire nation of Hungary on any and all matters. To occupy such a noble and sainted position, in a foreign nation no less, he must be rewarded like a mere humble monk.

      • Sue, if you disclose who you really are (are you Barenboim? Fischer? Or the bag carrier for one of them?), we’ll disclose our salaires. It will be boring and unimpressive, but we will.

      • I don’t receive a ‘salary’ as I am a free-lance professional choral and orchestral conductor and organist. I get paid per engagement. Last year I took part in about 28 concerts and 12 recording sessions. My total income for the year after my agent had taken her 20% commission was just over £9,000.
        Are you happy now that you know this?

  • “a new legislative regulation should be considered intensively” is not quite a decision to actually make anything public yet –
    sounds more like one of Sir Humphrey’s answers …

    also, Ticciati and Jurowski are employed by ‘roc GmbH’ (i.e. an organisation mainly run by Radio – DLF and RBB – and the federal government; the ‘Land’ Berlin holds 40%).
    so this plan might not even apply to them.

    • correction:
      it’s called ‘roc berlin’ (Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin)
      and Berlin actually only holds 20%.

  • ==None of your business. Please disclose your details.

    Yes, good point. How much does SD make for each bit of clickbait, or Norman for every Spectator article ?

  • While those numbers shouldn’t be secret either to anyone asking the Senat about it, it is not very sensible to release the numbers as they are without explaining the very different returns each number represents, and then the non tangible assets haven’t been mentioned even yet.
    There will be a lot of apples, oranges and broccoli to compare with these salaries. One does dedicate only 8 weeks a year to an orchestra, another 20 weeks. One gets paid extra for tours and festivals, one other doesn’t. One can make recording deals separately on top. The other can not. One gets perks like a limo and a chauffeur, the other does not.

  • It’s about time.
    As long as it is taxpayers’ money, these taxpayers need to know where their money goes, and are entitled to have an opinion: does the musical and artistic level of their performances justify their remuneration?

    I don’t have anything against the state lavishly rewarding gifted artists, if public opinion is for it. In the past, great artists were profoundly loved by their public.
    I do have a bit against lavishly rewarding faking artists (no particular person intended), who allow themselves to do so, because, as an insider once told me, “nobody hears the difference anyway anymore”.

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