The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and its musicians announced the ratification of a new contract, more than six months prior to the current contract’s expiration on September 1, 2024. The new agreement – the fourth consecutive to reach an early resolution – resulted from a collaborative effort between the members of the Negotiations Committee accomplished over several highly constructive bargaining meetings.

The three-year agreement includes an increase in total guaranteed compensation of 10.9 percent over the previous contract, from $105,514 in year three of the current contract to $117,016 in year three of the new contract. The contract fits within the parameters set forth by the DSO’s current five-year financial plan adopted by the Board of Directors in 2023.

Additionally, the new agreement establishes industry leading changes to audition and tenure processes that align with and support the DSO’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as articulated most recently by DEI Guiding Principles adopted by the Board in 2022.


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