Honolulu musicians finally getting paid

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Honolulu Symphony musicians are finally receiving their much-awaited paychecks. It's music to their ears, as the Symphony Foundation advanced the symphony nearly two million dollars in back wages.

The symphony plans organizational changes such as switching from a yearly budget to monthly budgets.

It has also planned to drastically reduce operating costs. An across the board, 15 percent pay cut for all musicians, conductors and staff, are also part of the plan this upcoming season.

"At this point, we're trying now to just look forward to the new season and it's a great season, we think it's going to be lots of great music, we just want to get back to playing and not have to worry anymore about getting paychecks and things like that," Musician Steve Dinion said.

The symphony called on leading industry experts, to help them with their new plan. They'll also announce the appointment of an executive director with local non-profit fundraising experience.

"We've been criticized in past years for many years before many of us arrived, for transparency issues, fuduciary responsibility issues, communication issues and even the mission in terms of clarity or not and all of these things are the basis of which we would like to affect dramatic change in the organization going forward," Symphony Society chairman Peter Shaindlin said.

The new symphony season begins on September 19th.