The latest from the Nashville Musicians Association, regarding contract negotiations between the Nashville Symphony and its musicians:
Negotiations have begun between the Nashville Symphony Association and the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257. It is our mutual desire to conduct these negotiations in a confidential manner.
Accordingly, both sides have agreed to a media blackout.
Please respect that all authorized spokespersons are at the bargaining table and we request that all media outlets refrain from contacting the musicians and staff of the Nashville Symphony and officials of AFM Local 257. Compliance with this request is appreciated.
Meanwhile, in this week's Scene cover story, John Pitcher examines the Symphony's dire financial situation. Citing sources familiar with the negotiations, he reports that indications are the Symphony and its banks are working out the terms of a settlement.