Have you seen the latest from the Louisville Orchestra (the musicians, apparently)?
The Louisville Orchestra’s musicians are not pleased with the Fund for the Arts. Kim Tichenor says the fund is neglecting its duties and took a swipe at Cowen’s salary, reported at more than $300 thousand (Cowen defends himself in the WFPL story). Tichenor also says Saturday’s Keep Louisville Symphonic concert raised $50 thousand.
Here are excerpts from the musicians’ statement:
Kim Tichenor, chair of the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Committee. She puts it very bluntly: “If Mr. Cowen says the Fund for the Arts has bailed out the Louisville Orchestra,” she said, “he has to acknowledge that the Fund also bored the holes in the orchestra’s boat that have almost submerged the institution.”
While the Fund gives the orchestra over $1 million a year in direct appropriations, that amount has stayed virtually stable over the last 15 years.
Click here to read the entire thing from WFPL.
But here’s the deal…
Sure, Allan Cowen is both overpaid and overrated, but come on. The Orchestra needs to stop playing the victim, stop acting like ear X-tacy, stop begging for a handout, stop pretending that anyone other than us elitists who have discretionary funds give two flips about it (yes, we do, and go frequently).
Rather than attack Cowen and the Fund for the Arts, maybe the Orchestra could start directing its criticism where it might matter? It’s time to start talking about the 34,000+ jobs that have raced out of Louisville in the past decade. Maybe we can start a discussion, as the LEO has tried to do, about GLI’s fabrication of the cost of living index. Or maybe we could even just come to our senses and admit that it’s time for the Orchestra to downsize, reorganize and figure out a new way to do business in this shrinking and volatile economy.
This concludes my bitter rant.