In a media release, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) states that its previously announced layoffs have been rescinded.
The layoffs initially scheduled to take effect on April 12 will no longer occur. In the release, the VSO says the layoffs have been averted in anticipation of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and an additional investment of $287,000. The goal is to maintain the employment for musicians and staff to the end of the VSO’s 2019-2020 season in June.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the federal government and the CEWS program, and the many, many donors and patrons who have shown their ongoing support for the VSO,” says VSO president and CEO Angela Elster. “Audience members are donating their tickets back to the VSO, new supporters are making their first cash donations, and our many long-time friends are renewing and increasing their support. On behalf of the orchestra and staff, we thank all of you for enabling us to keep our orchestra intact.”
With the recent success of its virtual performances of Beethoven’s 5th and 6th symphonies, collectively receiving more than 120,000 views, the VSO is also planning to release several additional concerts in the coming weeks as part of its [email protected] series.