Amazon funds wages for laid-off US musicians

Amazon funds wages for laid-off US musicians


norman lebrecht

December 09, 2020

Furloughed players in the Nashville Symphony have been promised a $500 weekly salary from January. In exchange they will perform concerts in the community.

The deal is being paid for by Nissan and Amazon.

Read here.


  • V. Lind says:

    Nice. They’ll never miss it, but it is a positive gesture from one of the companies to profit most from lockdowns. I don’t know Nissan’s situation, but good of them to take part.

  • The View from America says:

    It’s almost quaint to see this — corporations providing financial support to the “high arts.”

    But unfortunately for culture donations in the technology realm, the industry isn’t very hierarchical in the snobbish social sense. There’s no pressure in tech, as there was in banking and business of old, to like or even pretend to like classical music “because that’s what well-heeled people do.” These rich techies work in T-shirts and jeans and listen to … whatever.

    • Mick the Knife says:

      You nailed it. They are a real life version of “The Beverly Hillbillies”.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I doubt the people on the receiving end of this generosity will care whether it’s T-shirts or Tuxedos.

      But you’ve certainly belled the cat on the odious issue of social coercion – with particular regard to culture!!

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Brilliant!! I believe it’s the business of these huge conglomerates to be philanthropic; to pay back the society for the support they get from everybody. A win win.

    • SVM says:

      These conglomerates should pay their fair share of taxes, and desist from the creative accounting and sweetheart deals that give them such an unfair advantage over other businesses (and individuals). This sort of philanthropy is ‘breadcrumbs’ by comparison, presented as an attempt at whitewashing their deeply unethical behaviour. I urge everybody to continue boycotting Amazon.

      • Marge O. says:

        Ask Bozos (Dr. Evil lookalike); he was worshiped by many US-ians as all that mattered to them was getting $ = “success.” Money hoarding was all that mattered. In fact, that vile us corporation paid only 1.2% taxes and 0% taxes in the past 2 years .

  • J Barcelo says:

    Maybe the extraordinarily wealthy Wall Street tycoons will be shamed and do something to help out the musicians of the MET.