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BSO musicians ask supporters to call on Gov. Larry Hogan to release symphony funds

Posted at 6:18 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 08:33:24-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Symphony Musicians have orchestrated an effort to save the organization from its money problems.

The musicians are asking their supporters to call upon Governor Larry Hogan for help.

The Baltimore Symphony musicians said their supporters have sent more than 2,000 emails to the governor, and they're hoping to reach 4,000.

Last Thursday, officials with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced they were canceling all performances scheduled as part of the summer concert series.

The symphony's management team said the organization is losing money. The struggling symphony has lost $16-million in the last decade. Officials were counting on a $3 million boost from the state.

The Maryland general assembly passed a bill to give the symphony the money, but governor Hogan has yet to sign off on releasing the funds.

This led to the symphony musicians starting an email campaign to reach out to Governor Hogan to take action.

Musicians claim management canceled the 2019 summer season without consulting them first. They also state they will not be paid past next weekend.

Meanwhile, management said if it received the $3 million, it wouldn't be enough to keep the symphony going without making cuts.

The box office plans to contact summer concert ticket holders within three weeks to offer refunds or exchanges.