Jacksonville Symphony Extends Contract with Musicians to 2028
The contract extension covers the orchestra's 60 full-time players
Florida's Jacksonville Symphony and its players have agreed upon a four-year contract extension, which will take the players through to the end of 2028. The extension aims to provide stability and support to the musicians.
A strong focus of the renewal was on the impact that the orchestra has on the local economy. The Jacksonville Symphony spends about $12.5 million each year but is estimated to have an economic impact of $15.2 million, with approximately 90% of its annual budget remaining in Northeast Florida.
The contract extension will also allow the orchestra to continue with the important local work done by its community and engagement programs, which get large numbers of Jacksonville residents involved with the arts each year.
"We are very proud to offer this contract extension to our musicians," said Steven Libman, the orchestra's President and CEO. "Their unwavering commitment to artistic excellence has been instrumental in shaping our vibrant music community. It is a testament to our appreciation for their tireless efforts, especially during a time when many other orchestras are facing instability. "
"Most of our musicians live in Duval County, pay taxes, own property, send their children to schools and spend their salaries locally," Libman added. "As the largest cultural organization in Northeast Florida, it's important that we as an organization contribute to the overall vibrancy and economic vitality of the Jacksonville community."