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ICSOM Provides Legal Guidance Regarding the Application of Force Majeure Due to Coronavirus Threat

by Kevin Case, ICSOM Counsel and Member of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL)

via International Musician – Editor’s note: This article was a memo sent to International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) delegates and committee chairs, and a version of this is appearing in the ICSOM newsletter Senza Sordino. It is being reprinted with permission.

Dear Delegates:

As you know, the Covid-19 situation is developing rapidly and has begun to impact our orchestras. Several have cancelled or are planning to cancel concerts and upcoming tours, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes in response to orders from a municipal government or other controlling authority. Musicians have concerns about the legal implications of this on their employment—particularly the application of force majeure or “Act of God” clauses—and about how to work with management in this uncertain time. Continue reading

Baltimore Symphony Locked Out: CALL TO ACTION

As of June 17, 2019, the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony have been locked out. At the AFM 101st Convention earlier this month, the body unanimously passed an Emergency Resolution condemning the Baltimore Symphony’s lockout of its orchestra. Locals from far and wide stepped up to support the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and their local as they face a lock-out and the threat of drastic cuts. Continue reading

$200,000 in donations made to support striking Chicago Symphony musicians

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are now in the seventh week of their strike. This strike is the result of unacceptable demands made by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, including minimal salary increases and that the musicians agree to close their defined-benefit pension plan and replace it with a defined-contribution system (e.g., 401k or 403b accounts). Continue reading