Dallas Symphony Association Announces New Three-Year Contract for Dallas Symphony Musicians

New Agreement Secures Commitment Through 2020

Dallas, TX (September 7, 2017) – The Dallas Symphony Association and Local 72-147 of the American Federation of Musicians today jointly announce that a new three-year contract has been ratified by both parties. The agreement begins retroactively to September 1, 2017, and continues through August 31, 2020.

“This agreement highlights the partnership among musicians, management and board and signals our mutual commitment to the future of the DSO,” said Joseph F. Hubach, Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors.

“We respect the talent and dedication of our musicians and value the collaborative spirit that defines our work together,” said Michelle Miller Burns, Interim President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Association. “This agreement reflects the forward momentum of the organization and our shared vision for the artistic and financial future of the DSO.”

Stewart Williams, President of Local 72-147 of the American Federation of Musicians, agrees that this contract sets the tone for a bright future. “The musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra have consistently demonstrated themselves to be one of our country’s finest artistic ensembles,” he said. “This agreement represents work from all sides ensuring that Dallas’s great orchestra will continue to thrive and excel.”

“This new agreement represents shared efforts from both the musicians and the Dallas Symphony Association to continue to build upon one of the great traditions of this city,” said Matt Good, Principal Tuba and Chair of the Dallas Symphony Players’ Association. “We look forward to continuing this collective relationship into the future.” 

Highlights of the three-year agreement:

  • No wage increases in the first year of the agreement;  2% base wage increases in the second and third years of the agreement
  • Additional agreed-upon maximum Dallas Symphony Association contribution to offset increases in healthcare costs

The ratification of the labor contract represents a strong start to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 Jaap van Zweden Farewell Celebration Season.

About the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 230,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and it is a cornerstone of the unique, 68 acre Arts District in downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.

Media Contacts:

Denise McGovern | 214.871.4024 | d.mcgovern@dalsym.com
Chelsey Norris | 214.871.4063 | c.norris@dalsym.com

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