Baltimore advertises key post

Baltimore advertises key post


norman lebrecht

June 18, 2019

Would you believe they went into the lockout without a professional communicator?

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Position: Director of Communications
Employer: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Provide strategic direction to and oversight of PR initiatives of the Marketing and Communications department to ensure that the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra receives the best and broadest possible media exposure for the fu…

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  • Ned Keene says:

    Matthew 27:24
    When Pilate saw that he was achieving nothing, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

  • mathias broucek says:

    Is it April 1?

  • The View from America says:

    I would seriously question the judgment of anyone who would actually apply for this position.

    Either that, or a smart candidate should ask for a massive sign-on bonus along with a hardship pay rider …

    • Karl says:

      There are plenty of homeless people out there who need jobs. Would you rather they be on the public dole?

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    Are there any “world renowned” orchestras that offer 40 weeks of employment?

    • Anonanon says:

      I’ll leave the critical assessment to you on this one, but Indianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlanta are the ones I’ve seen come up in press on the topic. I know Detroit is 40-week. Unsure where exactly the rest fall.

      • Enquiring Mind says:

        “The (DSO) contract also calls for a new, additional weekly stipend for musicians on non-performance, non-vacation weeks…”. Doesn’t say how much it is but this implies the DSO has a 52 week pay period.

        • Sally says:

          The Baltimore proposal also includes a stipend for non-working weeks. St. Louis is 42 weeks.

        • Guest says:

          It’s a technicality. I’ll offer a broader explanation since Norman’s audience is relatively global and this may well be a peculiarity to US employment.

          These orchestras, like the ones Anonanon mentioned, are effectively providing musicians in non-employment weeks with a stipend that is more or less equivalent to what the musicians would otherwise be eligible for if they were to file for unemployment. That’s a benefit for which they’d be eligible because in a week in which musicians aren’t being paid, they are, as far as the government is concerned, being laid off for lack of work.

          Except the whole process of dealing with unemployment claims, for both the employee and the employer, is a giant bureaucratic hassle. And the employer ends up reimbursing the government for those claims, so the employer is paying either way – either directly to the employee, or reimbursing the state for the funds the state has provided to the employee.

          Further, unemployment benefits are generally reduced by income earned during that week. So if you still taught your usual complement of, say, ten students, you likely wouldn’t be eligible for the benefit because you’re still earning money in that week that exceeds your benefit.

    • A fed up European says:

      How can any orchestra become “world renowned” when it doesn’t treat its key resource, the musicians decently? At least Europe is having none of that and at the same time has many world renowned orchestras. Germany’s theater and orchestra landscape has produced so many that it is on the list for becoming a Unesco cultural heritage this year.

      Wake up America and start adapting employment and social security standards like the rest of the world. We want to enjoy concerts and recordings and not read every week about some of the finest musicians having to fight for their income and employment. This is just ridiculous.

  • Larry says:

    One would have to be nuts to take this job right now. Sort of like being the cruise director on the Titanic.

  • Michael Kearns says:

    Baltimore is void of any honorable values which would enter mankinds minimal recognition of the human race
    The mayor steals a half million dollars with no punitive actions
    Just another day in Baltimore’s shooting capital
    Musicians are getting a good, opportunity to play in a town that inhabitants will not steal your violins leave while you can
    Baltimore s main export is Frivolous lawsuits
    Nothing in Baltimore derseves help
    Be kind to America
    Don’t leave Baltimore
    The greatest thing Baltimore can do for itself: Open prisons for twenty-five thousand prison beds
    This will let Baltimore contribute to America 25 thosand beds at a time

    • Anonanon says:

      And what, pray tell, are you contributing to America other than one dog whistle at a time?

      • guest says:

        “one dog whistle at a time?”

        • Anonanon says:

          Describing an entire city as being full of amoral, crime-committing, less than humans who should all be locked up.

          In my experience, no one comes to such an ugly outlook without some even more ugliness boiling in their heart.

  • JS says:

    A very clever young person might see this position as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get on the fast track toward a big “arts administration” job somewhere else. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  • anon says:

    …. should have advertised for CEO……

  • Sally says:

    This position has been posted for 6 weeks.