The L.A. Phil and its top earners are doing very well, thank you
The arts are also a means of earning a living.
Under the U.S. system, charities are required to state their highest-paid employees' earnings in annual public tax returns. That gives a window on the going wages for top creative and executive talent working in the nonprofit arts -– and on each organization's overall fiscal health.
Read The Times' article about the 2009-10 results for one of the most financially successful American arts organization of the 2000s, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The numbers show a complete rebound from the recession, putting a positive capper on a decade that brought a transformation of the Phil's fiscal fortunes.
And click through these photo galleries to see how the remuneration of the orchestra's two top employees -– music director Gustavo Dudamel and president and chief executive Deborah Borda -– compare with other leading conductors and arts executives.
-- Mike Boehm
Photo: Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times