Piano Movers at Carnegie Hall Make More Money Than the Piano Players? Where's The Pay Czar?
The four other members of the full-time stage crew — two carpenters and two electricians — had an average income of $430,543 during the same period, according to Carnegie Hall’s tax return (see a portion above). Only theater director Clive Gillinson earns more with his $946,581 in salary and benefits.
The stagehands have a powerful union: Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees shut down 26 Broadway shows for nearly three weeks in November 2007. Its strike cost the city $40 million, the city comptroller said at the time. Stagehands and producers agreed on a five-year contract that both sides called a compromise.
Labor historian Joshua Freeman said the union’s power to shut down a vital part of the city’s entertainment industry gives it leverage.
MP: Total compensation for the five stagehands at Carnegie Hall totalled $2.175 million. And musicians and promoters are worried about "ticket scalping?" Seems like they should be more concerned about "stagehand scalping."
Thanks to Art Little.
Update: As OA points out in a comment, "Direct and indirect public support ($37.7 million) is more than program revenues ($28 million). So more than half of Carnegie's funding (56%) isn't from selling tickets, but handouts of taxpayer money."