Musician slams pitiful orchestra fees in live festival broadcastNews
The Austrian rock musician Alexander Köck popped up on camera at a televised concert to denonouce the pitiful fees paid to orchestral performers by the public broadcaster ORF.
At the ‘100 Years of Burgenland’ event, Alexander Köck of the Cari Cari band said: ‘I would like to thank everyone, but I still want to say something. The ladies and gentlemen over there in the orchestra are getting paid 30 euros for playing today. In cultural Burgenland, at ‘100 Years of Burgenland’, in a social democratic country, I find it particularly embarrassing after Corona, and I find it even more embarrassing when you know there is enough money during Corona (to pay) two directors at the Mörbisch Seefestspiele.’
There was an instant rebuttal on air from the ORF presenter Alfons Haider, who is one of the directors of the Mörbisch Seefestspiele.
The campaigning mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman popped up shortly afterwards on social media: ‘I can’t say how excited I am that more and more musicians are breaking decades of silence and dare to denounce abuses.’