NewsOct 9, 08:50 PM
From the Governing Board of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM)
Dear friends and colleagues,
As you are all no doubt aware, the musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony have been egregiously locked out by their management for over four weeks, and the musicians are taking a courageous stand to protect their organization and preserve the investment that the citizens of Indianapolis have made in their historic orchestra for 80 years. The musicians have made six different proposals that would allow them to return to the stage, all of which have been rejected. The musicians are paying their own health insurance premiums in order to care for their families, and the management has already canceled all concerts through October 14. We have all followed the press accounts of this negotiation and seen the destructive proposals by management that would permanently alter the ability of the organization to serve its community.
It is essential that the musicians of ICSOM respond whenever and wherever our members are in need. It is through our united network of orchestras that we can effectively articulate that a move against one of us is a move against all of us. In this way, we will demonstrate to all of our managements that our communities deserve positive stewardship of their cherished cultural institutions.
The musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony need our financial support. We ask, and encourage, all the orchestras of ICSOM to consider making a financial donation to the cause. A donation from your treasury, or a collection taken by the members of your Players’ Association, would be of great assistance. We are confident that all of the musicians in our ICSOM orchestras are eager to stand with their colleagues in Indianapolis.
We realize that this Call to Action is being issued in a year when many of our orchestras have faced their own cutbacks, and musicians everywhere are facing hardships. But it is truly when times are hardest that we must support each other the most and continue to stand with each other in solidarity. Our friends and colleagues in Minnesota have also been locked out, and our friends in other orchestras are also continuing in difficult negotiations. It is possible that additional Calls to Action may need to be issued in the coming weeks.
Wherever an orchestra is in trouble, let us all respond. Wherever a musician is in need, let us all respond. Wherever a negative image of the arts is produced, let us answer with a positive message of hope. As they hear our music, let them also hear our voices.
Let this serve as another “Call to Action” for our membership. What happens in Indianapolis will affect us all. If we effectively respond to every Call to Action, we will demonstrate the power in collective action. We can and will make a powerful statement to our managements and boards as we work to spread the positive community message of the musicians of ICSOM.
Checks can be made out to: ISO Committee-Indianapolis Local 3
Please send the donations to:
P.O. Box 441448
Bruce Ridge, Chairman
International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM)
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