“CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”
This production was negotiated with the Charlotte Wilcox Company as a one-week pre-Broadway reading. The side musician scale is $1,515.75 for a 40-hour, six-day week and $42.60 per hour, with a minimum two-hour call. The music director earns a 50 percent premium; the associate conductor earns a premium of 30 percent. The premium for the first double is 12.5 percent and additional doubles pay 6.25 percent. Musicians are reimbursed for transporting cartage instruments. Vacation pays 6 percent, pension is 9 percent, and health pays $164 per musician per week. There are three musicians in the production. Since it was a reading, the musicians don’t have identity with the product.
An agreement with DiCapo Opera has been reached that guarantees the musicians a 44 percent total increase in wages and benefits over the next four years. Performance wages jump 9 percent in the first year, 5.1 percent in year two, 7 percent in year three, and 3.4 percent in year four, bringing this group closer to full freelance scale. Pension will increase 1.5 percent over the life of the contract to reach 14.5 percent in 2011.
MANHATTAN CONCERT PRODUCTIONS
Manhattan Concert Productions agreed to pay the current freelance scale. The agreement runs to Sept. 11, 2008.
NEW YORK GRAND OPERA
In a new three-year contract, the employer agreed to pay full freelance scale when performing in major venues.
NEW YORK REVELS
The employer agreed to pay full freelance scale. As Allegro went to press, musicians were set to ratify the contract.