Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Accepts Temporary Paychecks

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra will finally receive a paycheck for the first time since April 2020.

On Tuesday, March 16, the musicians of the Met Orchestra voted to accept a deal that will provide them with paychecks for the first time in nearly a year in exchange for returning to the bargaining table. The musicians agreed to $1,543 a week on a temporary basis, a deal the chorus made more than a month ago.

According to an email sent by the Met, “We’re very pleased that our agreement with the orchestra has been ratified and that they will begin receiving bridge pay this week, along with the start of meaningful discussions towards reaching a new agreement.”

With the new deal the orchestra will receive up to $1,543 for eight weeks and money they get from unemployment or stimulus payments will be deducted from that total. If the musicians and the Met have not reached an agreement but the negotiations are productive, the paychecks will be extended.

The same deal was accepted by the choristers, dancers, stage managers and other employees who are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists.

According to the New York Times, the orchestra committee refused to comment on the deal.