The JSO has been put on lockdown. They aren't allowed in their lockers, or in the rehearsal room. All seasons concerts have been cancelled.
For more info on why see the link below.
Please help us save the symphony!! There has been a protest about this. There will be more protests. At the University of North Florida on December 5th @ 7:30 there is a benefit concert to raise money to support the possibilty of the symphony going independant of the city. Please anyone that can help in anyway, please do. You can PM me, or comment here. Or contact the head of the UNF music departmentm, Dr Gordon Brock (904)-620-3832.
The orchestra has been with us for decades, and for it to go over such a money hungry manager, and lose such a great asset to our community overall is an atrocity to say the least.
I've gron up with this symphony in my life, and I can't stand to see it go.
The below may be long and difficult to read, but I ask that you please take the time to give it a review.
A message from the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony
The Jacksonville Symphony Association has locked out the musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony. This means that they will not be permitted to provide music for Jacksonville-area concert audiences and school children.
At 6:40p.m. Monday the JSA’s management presented an ultimatum to the musicians: by midnight Monday agree to a contract cutting full-time pensions and slashing part-time salaries, or be locked out.
The musicians of the Jacksonville Symphony are NOT on strike – they want to work and are willing to negotiate to continue to provide music – instead we are prevented from playing.
The orchestra’s managers insist that Jacksonville won’t support the orchestra. The musicians contend that when Jacksonville’s economy is exploding, up 36 percent in five years, it should follow that contributions should go up to support the musical aspirations of our community. The management couldn’t even raise as much money as they did five years before.
Why couldn’t the musicians vote for the management’s proposal? By agreeing to the contract, some of the part-time musicians, those musicians who provide the heft in the big orchestral works, could have to absorb a $20,000 pay cut every year. By agreeing to the contract, the full-time musicians suffer a 56 percent pay cut in their pension contributions. A pension cut is not a 5-year cut – that’s a pay cut for life.
The musicians have been very cooperative in helping solve the Jacksonville Symphony’s problems. Since 2001, the musicians have twice agreed to salary concessions. The problems our managers said would be addressed if we accepted cuts have not been addressed. Our managers instead revisit those very issues to justify us taking more cuts – so that they can address the same problems.
More concessions will only result in the defection of our orchestra’s best musicians, reduce our ability to attract talented players to replace those who have moved elsewhere, force us to part with fine instruments, and diminish the quality of our ensemble. The idea that the institution’s stability can be built on the financial sacrifices of its musicians is counterproductive and must be changed.
We ask you to join us in reversing this situation – and have the Jacksonville Symphony reflect the growth and aspirations of our city and our fellow citizens. We ask you to join us in calling or emailing.
Jim Van Cleck, chair
Jacksonville Symphony Association
firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail was shut down...but call him!!!) 904-354-5479
John Peyton, mayor
City of Jacksonville
For more information go to www.jaxmusic.org
This group is to support the members of JSO who are going through this lock down. Please feel free to voice your opinion to the JSO Board and anyone else who will listen. Let's get these amazing musicians and beautiful people their (and the Jacksonville community's) performances back. Support the arts.
"the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra reaches nearly ¼ million residents on the First Coast and throughout Florida. Nearly half of these residents are children, who benefit from the Symphony’s extensive education programs, including concerts, ensemble performances and master classes, a school partnership program – Symphony Schools – and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to a season schedule of approximately 130 concerts, Symphony musicians give nearly 200 educational ensemble performances in schools and senior centers." (http://www.jaxsymphony.org/about/index.php)
how can they shut this program down?
the address of Alan Hopper, the board president:
300 West Water St. Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Lt. Governor: Jeff.Kottkamp@MyFlorida.com
City Council Members
Brown, Elaine (At Large Group 2) President ElaineB@coj.net Phone: (904) 630-1381
Fax: (904) 630-2906
Alvarez, Warren (District 11) WAlvarez@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1383 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Clark, Richard (District 3) RClark@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1386 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Copeland, Sharon (District 6) SCopelan@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1388 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Corrigan, Michael L. (District 14) Corrigan@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1390 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Daniels, Lad (At Large Group 3) LDaniels@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1396 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Davis, Daniel (District 12) DDavis@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1380 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Fussell, Ronnie (At Large Group 1) RonnieF@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1393 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Graham, Arthur (District 13) ArtG@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1397 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Hyde, Kevin (At Large Group 4)
Vice President KHyde@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1398 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Jenkins, Suzanne (District 4) SuzanneJ@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1394 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Johnson, Glorious (At Large Group 5) GloriousJ@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1387 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Jones, Mia (District 10) MJones@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1684 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Jones, Warren (District 9) WAJones@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1395 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Lockett-Felder, Pat (District 7) PFelder@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1384 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Ray, Lake (District 1) email@example.com
Phone: (904) 630-1389 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Self, Lynette (District 2) LSelf@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1392 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Shad, Arthur (District 5) AShad@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1382 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Yates, Gwen (District 8) GYates@coj.net
Phone: (904) 630-1385 Fax: (904) 630-2906
Chief Admin. Officer
Miller, Mickey firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (904) 630-0656 Fax: (903) 630-2391
The City of Jacksonville
City of Jacksonville/Duval County
117 W. Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3701
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461
Senator Bill Nelson
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0905
Phone: (202) 224-5274 Fax: (202) 228-2183
Main District Office:
225 E. Robinson St., Ste. 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 872-7161 Fax: (407) 872-7165
Check out the post below labeled "Please Read" There is some great info in it.