South Florida Musicians Association is encouraging members of the community to boycott the Miami Symphony. The Symphony is delinquent in paying wages to its musicians, with some musicians owed for wages as far back as two seasons ago and some musicians owed as much as an entire seasons’ wages. In response to claims made by several musicians under Miami-Dade County’s Wage Theft Ordinance, the Symphony’s attorney admitted that the Symphony owes money to musicians, but claims that the Symphony is not subject to the County’s Wage Theft ordinance. According to the Symphony’s 2012 tax return, the most recent the Symphony has filed, the Symphony has total liabilities of nearly $1.3 million.
South Florida Musicians Association is encouraging members of the community to boycott the South Florida Symphony. The Symphony is delinquent in paying wages to its musicians, as many musicians have yet to be paid for any of the work they performed for the Symphony in 2014 and only this month received payment for the work they performed in November 2013, eight months ago. The Symphony, which gave its inaugural performance in 1998, first had difficulty making payroll when it expanded beyond Key West in 2010. The Symphony cancelled its April 2010 concert after it was unable to make payroll for its January 2010 performances. The Symphony resumed operations in October 2010 after having made only partial payment to the musicians who had performed in January 2010. The Symphony was only able to make partial payment to musicians for the October 2010 performances as well, and subsequently cancelled the balance of its 2010-11 season. The musicians who performed in January and October 2010 were not fully compensated for their services until December 2011.
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