Video courtesy of Eric
The Strike Has Ended
First of all, we can't express strongly enough our appreciation and gratitude for the amazing outpouring of support we've received from our community. Whether you've attended our benefit concerts, written letters on our behalf, provided financial assistance, or expressed well wishes and concern - the musicians simply could not have made it through this difficult period without you - and your suppo
rt was indispensable in enabling us to reach a resolution. As we move forward as an organization, this support will be essential in building a brighter future for the Spokane Symphony, its musicians, and for the music itself.
Looking ahead, this will continue to be a incredibly challenging time for the musicians, but all along our goal has been to preserve and maintain musical excellence for Spokane. With the new flexibility built into this contract, we've made the decision to put our differences aside - for now - and return to the stage. It would have been a profound shame if the Spokane Symphony had been unable to properly be a part of our community's holiday celebrations - and the fact that we will indeed be back on stage, as originally scheduled and programmed, is something we can all look forward to.
No one can doubt the commitment of time and resources put forward by our volunteer board and associates or the administration and staff. This has never been a battle between good and evil, but rather a discussion - a debate - about where and how to best balance fiscal stewardship and artistic excellence. As we move forward as one organization, this discussion must continue. And building on the energy, awareness and support of our community, we look forward to a brighter future.
Donations may be sent to the Professional Musicians, Local 105 AFM, 1912 N. Division, LL105, Spokane WA, 99207. Checks may be made out to AFM Local 105 with a memo to MSS - ERF (Musicians of the Spokane Symphony Emergency Relief Fund). Unfortunately, donations are not tax deductible because we are designated a 501 C (5) labor organization and not a 501 C (3).