Kansas City Symphony to pay musicians through end of season

Concerts canceled, postponed due to COVID-19
Michael Stern Kansas City Symphony
Posted at 10:26 AM, Mar 26, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Symphony musicians will continue to be paid through the end of the season, despite the cancellation of concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release Thursday, the symphony said its leadership and musicians had reached an agreement to continue paying salaries and benefits through the remainder of its current season.

The symphony was forced to cancel or postpone more than 20 concerts because of the coronavirus outbreak and a restriction on events with more than 10 people.

Donations of unused tickets and other gifts have helped the symphony during this time, Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Danny Beckley said.

"We are receiving a tremendous response from our patrons, offering new and increased philanthropic support for the Symphony during this unprecedented time by way of new gifts and donating unused tickets back to the Symphony," Beckley said in the release. "With this generous support, we will be able to emerge on the other side of this crisis with inspired strength to perform great music for our community once again."

The symphony’s 2020-21 season will begin this fall. Subscription packages are now available.