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Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ratify New Contract - April 8, 2011

In a move that officially ended the twenty-six week long strike, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Inc. has announced that the April 4, 2011 agreement reached with Local 5 of the American Federation of Musicians has been ratified by the musicians of the Orchestra.  The terms of the new three-year contract are effective from April 4, 2011 through August 31, 2014.

The new contract allows the DSO to perform 36 weeks of classical, pops, and young persons concerts each year, and to expand performances into neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Detroit communities and beyond -- all with an eye toward significantly broadening audiences.  The opt-in work for community outreach, engagement, education, and chamber music services will bring an unprecedented number of DSO musicians into classrooms, arts centers, and community partners as teachers, coaches, mentors, and artists.  Further, the terms of the new contract will allow the public much greater accessibility to the orchestra's music through technologies such as audio and audiovisual streaming, digital downloads, CD releases, use of digital archival recordings as well as through a greater television and radio presence.  The financial package of the contract will help stabilize the orchestra’s economic viability.

The ratified contract is effective beginning April 4, 2011 through August 31, 2014 and paves the way for the DSO toward greater engagement with its audiences through broader community and educational initiatives and greater flexibility and opportunity for distribution through digital media.