REPORT: Kennedy Center makes shocking announcement hours after $25 million bailout is signed

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts informed members of the National Symphony Orchestra that they would no longer be paid just hours after President Trump signed a $25 million taxpayer bailout for the cultural center, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Nearly 100 musicians will no longer receive paychecks after April 3, according to an email from the orchestra’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee.

The article goes on to state the following:

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“The Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadsided today during our conversation with [Kennedy Center President] Deborah Rutter,” the email says. “Ms. Rutter abruptly informed us today that the last paycheck for all musicians and librarians will be April 3 and that we will not be paid again until the Center reopens.”

“Everyone should proceed as if their last paycheck will be April 3,” the email added. “We understand this will come [as a] shock to all of you, as it did to us.”

The email went out to members Friday, hours after Trump signed the CARES Act. The stimulus package included $25 million in taxpayer funding for the Kennedy Center, a controversial measure that received pushback from both Republicans and Democrats.

According to the text in the bill, the bailout was designed to “cover operating expenses required to ensure the continuity of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its affiliates, including for employee compensation and benefits, grants, contracts, payments for rent or utilities, fees for artists or performers.”

Ultimately, the organization decided that the relief would not be distributed to the National Symphony Orchestra.

The Kennedy Center has not returned a request for comment at this time.

 

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1 Comment

  1. wanda March 29th, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Take back the 25 million. The hell with hollywood.

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