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As the Met Orchestra enters its tenth month without salary, we fear that a Cultural Great Depression awaits society on the other side unless there is significant support for the artists who give the world hope and inspiration. The members of the Met Orchestra deserve the dignity which has been afforded to all other musicians...
We have now been unpaid for 10 months and counting. The Metropolitan Opera is an outlier in our industry; every other major orchestra has been compensated since the very beginning of the pandemic. Met management is using the pandemic opportunistically. They are not seeking a short-term crisis-plan to balance out pandemic circumstances. They are seeking...
The musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, represented by AFM Local 802,  stand in solidarity with our IATSE Local 1 stagehand colleagues who have been locked out of The Metropolitan Opera, a particularly callous action taken by Met management in this unprecedented pandemic. While our union contracts are separate, we are faced with this in...
photo credit: Joan Argemí With 30% of the MET Orchestra Musicians unable to live in New York City anymore, due to having not received salaries from The Metropolitan Opera for almost 8 months, the situation is becoming more and more devastating each day. These world-class musicians inspire the communities they live in through teaching, mentorship...