International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet MusiciansThe International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians (known as "IGSOBM" or "The Guild") was formed in Seattle as an independent union in 1985. The Guild won its first National Labor Relations Board-supervised elections in 1988, becoming the union representing the musician employees of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra.
The Guild was founded in direct response to frustration among Seattle Symphony musicians with our previous union's dues structure, and lack of responsiveness and service. Unlike other musicians' unions, the Guild restricts membership to "orchestral musicians and librarians who are employed by not-for-profit organizations," and is completely voluntary. Chapters (locals) keep nearly all of their dues income and make all decisions about their expenditures.
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