Breaking: NY Phil players sign on for just 75% of their salarymain
The New York Philharmonic and its musicians have just signed a brave new four-year deal up to September 20, 2024.
Under the deal, musicians will continue to be paid 75% of minimum scale to the end of the 2023 fiscal year. In the 2024 fiscal year, total compensation will increase to 80% for the first six months and 90% thereafter. The musicians have also included all their former media rights in the package.
NY Phil president Deborah Borda sais: ‘COVID-19 has reshaped the entire ecology of society and the performing arts are no exception. These were challenging negotiations but, in the end, musicians, management, and Board came together to reach an agreement that will lead to
recovery. The new contract is a critical step toward building a sustainable pathway forward and to preserving our beloved institution for a bright future. The participation, the dedication, of the Philharmonic musicians in creatively and pragmatically helping to shape this agreement is something I will never forget. They have my admiration and deepest thanks.’
By contrast, musicians at the Met have just entered their ninth month without pay.
The New York Times has the best headline: New York Philharmonic Musicians Agree to Years of Pandemic Pay Cuts