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I am on the board of directors of the Louisville Orchestra. So, I have been one of the individuals working to help create a sustainable business model for the Orchestra. And that means significant changes. At times the process has been contentious, but it's not personal. We have great respect for the musicians. This is about business.
For the board, made up entirely of volunteers who give their time, talent and money for the love of orchestral music, this is about creating a business model that Louisville is willing to support financially.
I want to make one very important point. There are those who believe that the Orchestra's first and most important obligation is to provide orchestral music to the community. It's not. There is one priority that comes even before this one: survival, so that it can deliver the service it was created to provide. Without a sustainable business, there is no place for the musicians to gather to play, nobody to sell tickets and no events for people to attend. This board is committed to a sustainable solution, not a temporary solution.
It appears that for the first time compromise is in the air, and that's good. All any of us want is a healthy business model so the musicians can create magical evenings again. We have to accept what we can afford and then act accordingly.