The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has been awarded an extra $7.5 million by the governmnent of Quebec, on top of the $8.8 million it receives annually and the $1.8m it gets from the Canada Council and $435,000 from the city of Montreal.
This makes it surely the biggest recipient of state funding in the continent.
Other Montreal bands are sharing the bonanza.
Yannick’s Orchestre Métropolitain will get an extra $2.5 million over five years and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec gets $3m.
They do good bagels too, we hear.