Exclusive: Two maestros receive $1/4 million Covid aidmain
The State Aid Transparency Award Module instituted by the European Union has revealed that the Austrian Government has been splashing its cash to a number of musicians and musical organisations, not necessarily the most deserving.
Under ‘COVID-19 – Austrian liquidity assistance scheme’, SA number 56840, the Colombian conductor ‘Orozco Estrada Andres Felipe’ was awarded 211,200.00 EUR on November 19, 2020. That’s US $256,153.
Orozco (pictured) is chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director in Houston. Both are well-paid jobs.
Under file number SA.60599, the violinist Julian Rachlin was awarded 230,000.00 EUR as a bridging loan guarantee on May 29 last year.
The Vienna Mozart Orchestra, a touring ensemble of freelance musicians, was granted 1.8 million Euros on April 27.
The Residenz Orchester received more than 800,000 Euros.
Thanks to EU transparency these figures are now in the public domain but Austrian media have not picked up the story.
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