Arts Bludgers

They have them everywhere…check out this spectacular bout of arts bludging from the US. This is from a column on ESPN.com called TMQ or Tuesday Morning Quarterback.  Supposedly mostly US football analysis but a lot of this type of stuff as well as analysis of corporate bludging and political troughing also tossed in. In this case it is same old, same old liberal elite arts bludgers:

Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra briefly went on strike last month, outraged by a contract offer of a minimum of $145,000 annually. Now the Minnesota Orchestra, less moneyed than the Chicago Symphony, is locked out over management’s insistence that members lower their average annual salary to $89,000. Reader Josh Mattson of Eau Claire, Wis., notes the leader of the American Federation of Musicians calls the Minnesota Orchestra management’s position “economic terrorism.” Performing in an orchestra requires great skill, but there are lots of people who would appreciate being “terrorized” at $89,000 a year in a pleasant setting, with 10 weeks’ vacation and generous benefits.

Owing to the way the arts are financed, when orchestra members either go on strike or cause a lockout by declining a contract offer, essentially they are demanding more charity. Only a third of the Minnesota Orchestra’s revenues come from ticket sales, the part of the orchestra’s finances for which musicians deserve credit. The rest of the revenue is contributions or spending of endowment funds given in the past. If the people who play the music demand more than the orchestra’s ticket sales income, essentially they are demanding more charity. Music is important to the civic sphere — but shouldn’t the poor have first claim on charity, not upper-crust musicians?


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