Magazine article International Musician

Jacksonville Symphony Ratifies Progressive Contract

Magazine article International Musician

Jacksonville Symphony Ratifies Progressive Contract

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At the end of January, musicians and management of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida ratified a five-year contract effective September 4. The contract includes a number of improvements, including an increase in season length, musician salaries, and orchestra size.

The season length is currently 35 weeks; next season it will jump to 38 weeks, and will gradually increase to 40 weeks by the 2021-2022 season. With a current base salary just above $38,000, musicians will see significant raises over the course of the contract, to $52,000 in 2021-2022. The number of full-time musicians will increase from 53 to 60. In addition, musicians gain three paid vacation days, from 18 to 21, and the formula for calculating seniority wages will change.

"This was the first time in recent memory that musicians, board, and staff came together with the same goals and objectives," says Todd Lockwood of Local 444 (Jacksonville, FL), associate principal bass and chair ofthe musicians negotiating committee. …

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