September 8, 2020

ISO, Musicians Reach Agreement On Health Benefits, Financial Stipend

FILE PHOTO: Emily Metheny/WFYI

FILE PHOTO: Emily Metheny/WFYI

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday it reached an agreement with its musicians on health benefits and a financial stipend as its doors remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement, which runs through Aug. 29, 2021, includes health coverage for musicians paid for by the ISO and a weekly payment of $500 beginning in January. It also includes a commitment by the musicians to provide six weeks of performances and community engagement activities to connect the ISO with audiences. The ISO says musicians and staff will work together to come up with reimagined programming to continue to bring music to Central Indiana during the upcoming year. 

“Together, we are committed to bringing symphonic music back to downtown,” CEO James Johnson, said in a statement. “We are deeply appreciative of the understanding and commitment of our talented musicians and pledge to work collaboratively to engage our patrons and greater community in new and meaningful ways."

In the same announcement, Orchestra Committee Chair Brian Smith said the musicians are thankful for the support of the ISO's patrons and donors as the orchestra works to emerge from the challenges created by the pandemic. 

“We look forward to once again bringing great music to our beloved city as soon as possible,” Smith said.

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