Update, 2/27/13 | We are disappointed that management has once again rejected an opportunity to be transparent with the board, donors and the public. The Musicians cannot play our part in the future of the organization if we are to be silenced in the board room as well as on stage.
The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra call on CEO Michael Henson, in the interest of the transparency he often cites, to open up his invite-only negotiation briefing this Thursday to the public, media and the musicians.
Mr. Henson states he is willing to answer questions about the current status of management’s lockout of musicians this Thursday morning from 10:30am to 11:45am at the Oracle Centre on the 4th Floor in Conference Room 3.
The invitation to “vital stakeholders” of the Orchestra says that the meeting is “important,” and he offers attendees the opportunity for “…a full briefing on the current situation and answers to questions…”
There are three key reasons Musicians and the Media should be permitted to attend the briefing:
· In a hearing two weeks ago, members of the House legacy committee raised significant questions about public tax dollars the Orchestra has received from the Legacy Commission as well as the over $14 million in public dollars to remodel the lobby at Orchestra Hall.
· After four months of delay in undertaking the Musicians’ proposal for a joint-independent financial analysis, Management finally agreed in January, yet promptly cancelled virtually the entire rest of the season. Management has still not provided the detailed financial information the Musicians have requested.
· The Musicians have requested three times to address the entire board, and have been denied on each occasion.
We have noted that Mr. Henson’s lack of transparency to all stakeholders is now a concern to the public officials and taxpayers. He has never allowed the Musicians an open forum to ask him or the Board questions about his plan for the future of the Orchestra. We believe the public would be well served by a truly transparent forum.