Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Musicians Agreement

“We were hoping for something right in the whole orchestra. It was not that. We feel totally left out in the cold, the gap between them and us keeps growing. Trust and goodwill are gone. Another musician, who did not want to be named because of the ongoing relationship with the orchestra, said they were “completely blind” to the stand-down announcement. But it created a lot of bad blood. Some interest groups are looking for ways to improve the corporate governance of the orchestra, which is ultimately owned by MSO Holdings. The MSO was the first Australian orchestra to perform abroad in 1965 and was the first to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1970. [8] His travels abroad – the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Europe (2000, 2007, 2014), China (2002), St. Petersburg, Russia (2003) and Japan (2005) – have given him wide international recognition.

In January 2000, the MSO, led by Markus Stenz Australasia, then conductor and artistic director, participated in the Festival of Five Continents in the Canary Islands with other orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. In January 2007, the orchestra launched its second European tour and visited five Spanish cities (Castellon, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Madrid), Paris, Berlin and Milan. Ullmer also hopes that relations with musicians can become more favourable). The first olive branch was enlarged when the musicians learned that they could return to work from Friday, May 22. The MSO, like its fellow orchestras, has juggled a lot. The question is how the MSO removed it. The orchestra`s latest annual report for 2018 shows that the orchestra received nearly $14 million in public funding and spent nearly $18 million on employees. But at the end of the day, decisions were made regarding relations with musicians and administrative staff. It created tensions between the management and the musicians. An MSO spokeswoman said the board had made a decision on the “financial reality” that if the orchestra had continued to pay its employees at a reduced level, it would have burned in its reserves and acted in default until Christmas – or even until October.

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