The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is making more cutbacks. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is the largest full-time performing arts organization in South Carolina. As many other organizations and agencies across the state are struggling financially, the orchestra is now trimming its numbers to just 24 full-time performers.
The Post and Courier reports the musicians signed contracts agreeing to allow the music to continue, with less members. This move reduces the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s budget by $1 million, giving them $1.3 million to work with. Under this new contract, a dozen musicians lose their full-time status. Although the orchestra had to reduce positions last May, the company is still struggling to make ends meet. The new contract gives a salary of $14,000 and improved health benefits to the remaining full-time members.