The Business of Orchestras
:: Negotiations, Contracts, & Labor Laws

Robert Levine  

Age, gender and orchestras

Robert Levine
April 1, 2019

A visitor from another planet might ask, upon learning of the current mess in Phoenix, whether such discrimination on the basis of illegal and invidious criteria as age, gender or race is...

...it does happen, and factors into far more personnel decisions than we in the industry would like to admit - enough to make a surprisingly great impact on the demographics of orchestras.

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Robert Levine  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Labor Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Administration

Robert Levine
April 10, 2019

You might be your orchestra's newest and youngest member, wondering why you should join a union and what goes on at an orchestra meeting that could possibly be of interest to you

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To IBB or not to IBB? Why musicians so often say "no" to interest-based bargaining

Robert Levine
April 17, 2019

In the 1960s, musicians and their employers were arguing about whether orchestras should provide full-time employment. In the early 1990s, we were arguing about the Wolf Report 1 and whether its projections about orchestra finances were realistic. In recent years, we have achieved the ultimate post-modern irony: arguing about the mechanism we use to argue.

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