Nonprofit Newswire | Detroit Symphony Musicians May Strike

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August 30, 2010; Source: The Detroit News | After the second year of multi-million dollar deficits and a couple of assessments that recommended an immediate restructuring, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra proposes to cut musician salaries by 34%. The musicians have rejected the offer and are considering a strike if management attempts to impose the cut which could occur on September 23rd. According to this article, DSO is one of the nation’s premier symphonies and observers are concerned that such a cut will “gut” the symphony’s ability to attract top talent. Detroit, of course, can ill afford to lose one of its major cultural institutions when it is working hard to revitalize its image and economy. The article states, “Cities with a strong cultural community tend to attract businesses and residents more readily and a strike at the DSO, one of the nation’s top orchestras, would not bode well.”—Ruth McCambridge