May 24, 2021
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors Announces Agreement with Musicians of Local 58, Fort Wayne Musicians Association and American Federation of Musicians
Patriotic Pops will Kick off Summer Season
Music of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will return to the stage this summer and next season following ratification on Sunday night of a new contract agreement between the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Local 58, Fort Wayne Musicians Association.
The contract begins with 7 weeks of work for summer 2021, followed by a 28-week 2021-2022 Season. The agreement maintains the number of core musicians and per service musicians. Wage rates remain unchanged, with employer provided healthcare paid at 99% through August 31. On September 1 that rate will revert to the 70% figure historically provided to the musicians. In addition, one-time furlough offset payments of $4,000 and $2,000 for full-time and per service musicians, respectively, will be made immediately.
Said Board Chair Chuck Surack: “Our musicians and the entire Philharmonic organization, including the Board and staff, have been through so much since the onset of the global pandemic. I know I speak for all my colleagues in voicing my gratitude to the musicians and Board negotiating teams for hammering out an agreement that is fair for these extraordinary times.” He continued, “More than ever, I am looking forward to hearing the Philharmonic come back to life this summer, with an enhanced schedule of concerts for everyone, all over Northeast Indiana.”
The Philharmonic will begin immediately planning summer concerts that will fill the region with music during the post-pandemic recovery. The first performances will be the community’s cherished Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field concert on June 26. The remaining series of Philharmonic summer concerts and fall season will be announced soon.