An anonymous donor — it must be someone who loves music, loves Fort Worth and could spare $700,000 — has breathed new life into the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
That’s incredibly generous and deserves thanks from us all.
But it only solves one of the orchestra’s problems, the labor dispute with unionized musicians that brought 16 months of friction and a three-month strike.
It’s worth celebrating that the strike is over and the musicians will go back to work late this month.
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But during the long negotiations to replace the labor contract that expired July 31, 2015, symphony leaders said the organization suffered a $500,000 operating deficit during its 2015-16 season and was projecting a $700,000 deficit in the 2016-17 season.
A concessionary contract with musicians was aimed at trimming the deficit, but orchestra President and CEO Amy Adkins said the books were never going to be balanced on the backs of musicians alone.
The financial hole is far bigger than a $700,000 gift and the new labor contract will fill.
That will require even more from donors of large gifts and patrons who pay to hear the musicians play.
The new contract settles the labor issue for four years. For the bigger solution, everyone who wants the orchestra to survive will have to step up.