OSM musicians donate $17,000 to help their DSO colleagues

The musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (members of teh Québec Musicians’ Guild) are pleased to announce that they are sending a cheque for $17,000 to their counterparts in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to help them get through their current difficulties. DSO musicians have been on strike since October 2010 and the labour conflict is threatening their survival within this orchestra.

The musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal are familiar with the tribulations of their Detroit colleagues. Jean-Luc Gagnon, President of the OSM Musicians’ Association, notes that during their lengthy 2005 labour dispute, OSM musicians were supported by numerous American and Canadian orchestras, and now they, in turn, are donating this money as a gesture of solidarity.

Mr. Gagnon also believes that when the future of a group of musicians like the DSO is threatened, the future of all orchestras is also in jeopardy.  The current economic situation is affecting many North American orchestras, and unfortunately administrators are using this as an excuse to circumvent existing working conditions.  The musicians of the OSM are launching an appeal for solidarity among all musicians by lending generous support not only to the DSO but to all orchestras in the AFM and CFM who are experiencing similar problems.

To learn more about the DSO musicians’ labour dispute, go to www.detroitsymphonymusicians.org.

On the picture : From left to right: Alain Desgagnés, Chantale Boivin, Jean-Luc Gagnon, Anna-Belle Marcotte, Christopher Smith, Peter Rosenfeld.