Awhile ago I signed the petition created by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra to end the lockout. Close to 3,000 people singed! Now, I have never heard them play but who likes to hear news that salary’s are being cut and the musicians can’t play? Plus, it was no secret that lately there has been a lot of negative coverage on this orchestra during the last couple months, so I was curious to see where this would go if I had some sort of “inside info.” Here is the basis of the petition:
To: Board of Directors of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra SocietyAs concerned audience members, we urge The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society Board of Directors to take the following four actions:1. Commit to respectful and constructive negotiations – deliver fair pay and treatment musicians deserve.
2. Find and support effective leaders – collaboration inspires growth.
3. Solve the revenue problem – you cannot cut your way to greatness.
4. End the lockout while negotiations proceed in good faith.
After signing, I think they have done a great job following up with e-mails as to how things were going. Then, a few days ago they sent this presentation by seven members of ‘Save Our SPCO’ which presented findings, observations, topics for discussion and proposals to the SPCO Board Chair and President Dobson West, three other Board members and two staff members on February 11, 2013.
They share some major information about marketing observations, case studies, and ideas for next steps that can help the SPCO move forward.