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    $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand



    The power of unions: Average stagehand at Lincoln Center in NYC makes $290K a year

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    By: Mark Hemingway 12/27/10 11:16 AM








    Columnist James Ahearn of New Jersey's Bergen Record has a great column today on, of all things, the stagehands at New York city's top performing arts venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. These are not highly skilled or technical jobs but take a gander at how much they are paid:
    At Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the average stagehand salary and benefits package is $290,000 a year.

    To repeat, that is the average compensation of all the workers who move musicians' chairs into place and hang lights, not the pay of the top five.



    Across the plaza at the Metropolitan Opera, a spokesman said stagehands rarely broke into the top-five category. But a couple of years ago, one did. The props master, James Blumenfeld, got $334,000 at that time, including some vacation back pay.



    Ahern also notes that the top paid stagehand at Carnegie Hall makes $422,599 a year in salary, plus $107,445 in benefits and deferred compensation. So why such exorbitant pay? You probably already guessed that a union is involved:




    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/...#ixzz19M3ECCXZ

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    Re: $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand

    Those jobs are a lot more complicated and difficult than simply "moving chairs" and "hanging lights".
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    Re: $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand

    Quote Originally Posted by JuBru View Post
    Those jobs are a lot more complicated and difficult than simply "moving chairs" and "hanging lights".
    Not worth that amount of money!

    I have a friend who's son is the lighting designer/manager (very complicated) for a show in Vegas and believe me, he makes no where near that kind of money. I realize it's more than moving chairs and hanging lights, but get real. That's some serious dough.

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    For Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, two of the top venues in the world, it's not unreasonable.
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    Re: $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand

    Quote Originally Posted by JuBru View Post
    For Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, two of the top venues in the world, it's not unreasonable.
    YOU need to get out in the real world ever now and then:icon_wink:

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    Re: $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand

    Quote Originally Posted by JuBru View Post
    For Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, two of the top venues in the world, it's not unreasonable.
    Dude! That post was dumb AND gay.
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    Re: $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand

    I want JuBru to be my boss when it comes to salaries. Unfortunately if you think that is reasonable you will never be the owner- you would never be able to stay in business.

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    If we were talking about some run-of-the-mull performance areas, like the Dixie in Ruston, I would agree with y'all. But Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Sudney Opera House, et al are completely different.
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    Re: $290K/year for Lincoln Center stagehand

    Quote Originally Posted by JuBru View Post
    If we were talking about some run-of-the-mull performance areas, like the Dixie in Ruston, I would agree with y'all. But Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Sudney Opera House, et al are completely different.
    Don't pianos weigh the same in NYC as Ruston, La.?

    If you're gonna tell me these high hat guys are engineers who supervise the stagehands, etc., then I'll give the guy the pass, er, paycheck.

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    No, they don't. Every piano is different, even the same models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuBru View Post
    No, they don't. Every piano is different, even the same models.
    I thought they were ALL just heavy. Stupid me!

    Next thing you're gonna tell me they all sound different at the middle C key . . . even the same models.:icon_wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgpix View Post
    I thought they were ALL just heavy. Stupid me!

    Next thing you're gonna tell me they all sound different at the middle C key . . . even the same models.:icon_wink:
    That's OK as JuBru is ignoring the obvious on purpose.

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    What am I ignoring?
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