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Should The City Pay For The Spreckels Pavilion Organist?

I admit I'm late to this message thread, but I would like to point out that calling the City's contribution to Dr. Williams' pay a "performance fee" doesn't really do justice to it either; although it is far more accurate than calling it an hourly rate.

What is really happening is that the Civic Organist performs most Sundays, organizes and performs perhaps once herself at the Summer International Organ Festival, arranges for the other performers, does a variety of public service chores, learns new music and practices, etc., and (this is most important) all of this and more is funded through a public-private partnership in which the Spreckels Organ Society raises funds from memberships, item sales, generous gifts from its Trustees, and general "development" activities--providing more than half of Dr. Williams salary from those private sources.

If the City Council does not fund the meagre amount that is its share of this partnership, it will send a message that such partnership arrangements are not worth pursuing.

May 20, 2011 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )