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Re: “Pay Scales

I say this with no intention of offending anybody, but seriously! Welcome to reality! I as well as many others have an advanced artistic degree. I as well as many others also have student loans. I work 40+ hrs a week, 50 weeks of the year.I am lucky enough to have 2 weeks of vacation, because I have worked for my employer for an extended amount of time. I also make substantially less in my 50 weeks than those in the symphony who are making $33,000 a year. Am I complaining, no! I do a job I enjoy. I get to make art for a living, as do they. Should they be able to use our tax dollars and the money of the donors to pay for their "unemployment"?
As an artist and musician, I really have no love for those on a salary, making more than me a year,who are also claiming unemployment. For the adjunct musicians, that is another story. Their life is more difficult and even more respectable. We must all work to pay for our loves.
As noted by others, teachers also have the summer off, but their contracts are written to compensate for this. Most teachers are given the choice between being paid for the school year or being paid for the whole year, giving them the option of obtaining an extracurricular job during the summer. (I have several raft guide / English, history teachers I have worked with in my past). For $33,000 a year, they should be made to teach summer courses for under-privileged children as well! Suffer for your art like the rest of us and then you may find pity amongst your fellow artists!
To put this simply, I do not care how much money these musicians make. They are talented and dedicated individuals and deserve to be paid well. I however do not think that it is fair to the rest of us taxpayers and those of us who enjoy the symphony to have to pay for the lazy schmucks whom are under contract with the symphony to file for unemployment.

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Posted by bgrimm on 02/10/2012 at 12:35 AM

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