ISO Musicians issue statement of support for musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Musicians were locked out on Sept. 7
(Indianapolis, Ind.) The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Players Association (ISOPA) issued a statement of support today for the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), who were locked out by management on Sept. 7.
“The Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra would like to express our full support for our colleagues, the Musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
On September 7, the ASO management locked out the musicians for the second time in as many years upon the expiration of their most recent, deeply concessionary contract. It is unfortunate that the management of the ASO does not recognize the potential artistic pitfalls their current proposals would create, as explained on the musician’s website.
The epidemic of planned lockouts of the artists who make up our great orchestras is deplorable. It greatly concerns us that orchestra managers and boards across our country are flocking to a trend that balances their budgets on the backs of musicians. These actions threaten the very existence of the orchestras we all have worked so hard to build. In order to preserve the future artistic quality and cultural viability of our nation’s orchestras, these measures must end.
These lockouts will only serve to solidify and strengthen the community of classical musicians of this country. We have seen it here in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Met – just to name a few. The proud and artistically gifted symphony orchestras of this country have taken decades to grow into the cultural treasures they have become. They must be protected and treated as such now more than ever.
For more information, please visit www.atlsymphonymusicians.com and support our colleagues.”
To learn more about the ISO Players Association, please visit www.isomusicians.com