The concentration of wealth and the orchestra
Title: The Plight of the White-Tie Worker
Source: NY Times
Date: July 4, 2004
It is the same pattern seen by workers in every corner of America:
- In the musicians' locker rooms, frustration is building as the salaries of orchestra executives and conductors skyrocket, while the players' salaries stagnate.
- In 2003, the most recent year for which tax documents are available to the public, the [New York Philharmonic] orchestra paid its music director, Lorin Maazel, $2.28 million for 14 weeks with the orchestra and an annual tour.
- over the last decade, as pay increases for symphony leaders have soared, the players' annual raises dropped from 3.9 percent in 1993 to 1.7 percent in 2003