I've been remiss in posting about recent cutbacks by orchestras, including salary cuts for musicians in Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Baltimore, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and a number of smaller cities. Those, however, may pale alongside what's happening in North Carolina.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council has approved a grant of $900,000 for the Charlotte Symphony next season. That's down from nearly $2 million in 2008-09. And most of the reduced grant will be held back until the orchestra, which has run operating deficits for the past seven years, presents a restructuring plan that satisfies the council, Steven Brown reports in the Charlotte Observer: