The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Friday that it will lay off a significant portion of the organization’s administrative staff, effective Sept. 1, as a result of massive revenue losses stemming from concert cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs will affect 50 out of the orchestra’s 180 current full-time administrative employees.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have made some difficult decisions about reducing the organization’s workforce during this unprecedented time of concert cancellations and revenue loss associated with COVID-19,” BSO president and chief executive Mark Volpe said in a statement. “Through this difficult time and the many challenges ahead, we are determined to re-establish the concert-going experience that has inspired generations of audiences to make the BSO an essential and inspiring part of their lives.”
The layoffs are the latest in a stream of cost-cutting measures designed to help the orchestra weather a prolonged hiatus from live performance, which began in mid-March and will extend through at least late November. In April, the BSO announced temporary pay reductions for unionized musicians and furloughs for 70 full-time staffers. Volpe also took a 50 percent pay reduction through Aug. 31. According to the BSO’s most recent tax filings, he made $995,320 in the fiscal year ending August 2018.