Handel and Haydn Society to Pay All Artists for Canceled 2019-20 Performances

By David Salazar

The Handel and Haydn Society has pledged to pay musicians for canceled concerts scheduled throughout the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Per a press release, the company will pay artists 100 percent of the salary contractually agreed upon. The payments will total over $350,000 for 88 orchestra and chorus musicians. Artists will receive their payments on the same day they normally would.

“The Handel and Haydn Society, like all arts organizations, is feeling the impact of these incredibly trying times,” said David Snead, President and CEO, in the press release. “The Board felt we needed to stand by our musicians as we all navigate the economic uncertainty ahead. H+H is thankful for the many patrons who donated back their tickets, the generous donors to the Musicians’ Relief Fund, and we welcome all additional support through the donation page on our website.”

The company had four remaining concerts on April 3 and 5 and May 1 and 3 before the COVID-19 crisis struck, forcing all companies around the world to shut down what remained of their seasons.