May 9, 2012 at 9:04 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Orchestra says it is laying off 13 percent of its permanent staff in a cost-cutting move.
The orchestra announced Tuesday it is eliminating nine full-time and seven part-time positions.
The layoffs touch virtually every department, from finance and development to marketing and public relations.
Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/IBcC6K) reports the move is aimed at reducing a $2.9 million deficit the orchestra announced last November. The reductions will save the orchestra $450,000 a year.
No musicians are affected by the layoffs.
Orchestra officials say audience members won't notice the staff reductions. Job duties will be reassigned to other staff members.