Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

ISO musicians take big pay cut to end contract dispute

October 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Management and musicians at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have reached a labor-contract agreement, effectively ending a month-long lockout, the musicians' union announced Tuesday morning.
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BENNER: No good comes from driving wedge between sport and artRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Bill Benner

The day the music dies--and I fervently hope it does not come to that--will be a day our city will be significantly diminished.

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Another symphony contract deadline passes without a deal

October 8, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians’ contract negotiations remain stalled and another week of concerts has been canceled after a Saturday deadline passed with no resolution.
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ISO asking for fewer concessions, sets Saturday deadline

October 2, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra executives have given musicians until 6 p.m. Saturday to decide on a contract offer that asks for significantly fewer concessions than previous proposals. But musicians say the offer is unacceptable due to an escape clause.
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EDITORIAL: It's time for Mayor Ballard to take the batonRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A few weeks ago in this space, we called for someone—anyone—to step forward to take a leadership role in resolving the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s labor dispute. The silence has been deafening.
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Symphony donors question giving amid contract dispute

September 29, 2012
Dan Human
The ailing Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra intends to step up annual donations 40 percent. But many longtime donors feel conflicted about future contributions as they await word on whether the ISO will scale back to part time.
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ISO calls off more performances over labor battle

September 23, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Sunday night that it has called off shows scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to its ongoing labor dispute with ISO musicians.
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Symphony standoff might fray local supportRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s decision to cancel the first two weeks of its season and lock out musicians could carry long-term risks in alienating subscribers and donors, observers say.
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Symphony cancels first two weeks of new season

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Saturday canceled the first two weeks of its new season, saying even a temporary extension of musicians’ just-expired contract would intensify the organization’s financial woes.
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ISO contract talks continue; union pitches 2-month extension

September 7, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra managers and musicians failed to meet a Friday deadline to agree on a new contract, but the symphony did not immediately follow through on threats to cancel the first two weeks of its new season.
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Symphony, musicians resuming labor negotiations

September 5, 2012
The two sides are set to resume negotiations at about noon Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract. The previous agreement expired Sunday.
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Symphony, musicians miss contract deadline

September 2, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's management and musicians failed to reach a new contract before their current deal expired Sunday night, and the parties aren't expected to meet again until mid-September.
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Indianapolis symphony's woes aren't just about moneyRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Dan Human
Even if the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s management and musicians overcome gaping differences and reach a contract agreement, industry experts say disconcerting questions will continue to hang over the organization.
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Union: ISO threatening to cancel shows if demands not met

August 31, 2012
Union representatives for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's musicians said Friday that management intends to call off the first two weeks of the season if the performers do not accept the current contract proposal by Sept. 7.
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ISO, musicians still far apart in negotiations

August 30, 2012
Dan Human
Union representatives for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians are spilling more details about negotiations with ISO management, which is planning major structural changes to address the orchestra's ongoing financial issues.
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Ailing symphony proposes shift to part-time status

August 28, 2012
Dan Human, Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra season would shrink from 52 weeks to 36 under management's proposal to restore financial stability to the performing arts organization.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra signs three-year deal with HironsRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Local agency will work with ISO on overall brand strategy, including print and digital marketing.
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Performing arts groups rethink marketing subscriptionsRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Dan Human
The decline in season ticket sales has forced marketing managers to promote each show individually, which is trickier and more costly.
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Indianapolis Symphony launches CEO job search

July 26, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra wants a CEO with a medley of artistic vision and business finesse in order to reverse financial woes and reach out to new audiences, according to a job description posted online Wednesday.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra lays off 6 employees

July 11, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has laid off six employees as part of ongoing restructuring at an organization that has been dealing with seven-figure budget deficits in recent years.
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Charity watchdog flags symphony's fiscal troublesRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
ISO says Charity Navigator failed to account for endowment money that should have kept it off "deep trouble" list.
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Financial Planning Association sponsors orchestraRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Group support of ISO pulls in first-time donors.
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Symphony challenges complicate CEO searchRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra trustees are seeking a new leader who can help reverse three consecutive years of seven-figure budget deficits, raise $100 million to replenish its endowment and motivate staff working for reduced pay.
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Crookall departure comes amid symphony restructuring

February 3, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The reason behind the sudden departure of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall remains a mystery, but it came during a management shakeup and the loss of two vice presidents.
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Simon Crookall departing as symphony CEO

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Information about Crookall's plans wasn't immediately available. The symphony's board of directors appointed Jackie Groth, vice president of finance and strategic planning, as interim president and CEO.
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