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Arizona’s Phoenix Symphony and Musicians Agree to New Contract

The one-year agreement through to November 2024, will support the orchestra’s concerts, education programs, and community engagement initiatives


Following an agreement by the Phoenix Symphony and its musicians, members of Professional Musicians of Arizona, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 586, the Symphony’s board of directors have approved a new contract.

The one-year agreement will extend through November 2, 2024 — reflecting a performance season of 35 weeks and a 2.5% increase in weekly compensation.

Additionally, an insurance task force will be formed, comprising musicians, board members, and management leadership, that will focus primarily on health insurance.

The contract discussions centered on strategic objectives to continue artistic excellence, community engagement, and education — further supported by increasing audience members and donors.

“The Phoenix Symphony is at a turning point in its history, and the progress we make in the next year will be of vital importance,” said the Symphony’s president and CEO Peter Kjome. “I appreciate the productive and collaborative conversations with our musicians as we work together with our Board to chart the course toward a bright future for our great orchestra.”  

“Our colleagues are committed to the success of The Phoenix Symphony, and we are encouraged by the progress represented by this agreement,” stated Mark Deatherage, associate principal violist and Local 586 lead negotiator. “This is an important step as we seek to advance our symphony orchestra, its programs, and its people.”

“The Board of The Phoenix Symphony is delighted to reach agreement with our exceptional musicians,” added board chair Adam Goodman. “This new contract will help us continue working together to reach new audiences and serve our diverse community while supporting a healthy business environment.”


Having just announced its 77th season, the Phoenix Symphony is Arizona’s largest performing arts organization. Annually, the group reaches over 120,000 students through education and partnerships, while also creating opportunities to connect with the homeless, Alzheimer’s care facilities, hospitals, and those in hospice.

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