Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Announces Rally ‘We are the Met!’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra has announced a rally “We are the Met!”

The rally, scheduled for May 13, will be held at noon in front of Lincoln Center.

In a statement on social media, the orchestra said, “The pandemic has shown the need for our community to leverage our collective power as a union to make sure ALL fellow musicians get the support they need. Now we, the MET Orchestra Musicians, and all of our fellow union members need that support. Join us to collectively raise our voice at noon on Thursday, May 13 on the sidewalk in front of Lincoln Center plaza for a LIVE RALLY to support a fair contract for ALL Met artists.”

The event will feature members of Local 802, AGMA, SEIU, Local 817, American Guild of Theatre Artists, and more. All rally members will be required to wear a mask.

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra has been in the headlines throughout the year as the Metropolitan Opera has failed to pay its musicians throughout the year. In March the orchestra 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.