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Hollywood Bowl Cancels 2020 Season For The First Time In Its History




A fireworks display during CBS RADIO's fourth annual We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 22, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
A fireworks display during CBS RADIO's fourth annual We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 22, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today that they are cancelling the 2020 season at the Hollywood Bowl and Ford Theaters.

The decision marks the first time in the beloved venue's history that a season has been cancelled. Concerts and other programs normally start in June and run through September. Like a decision earlier in the year to cancel the remaining concerts scheduled for Disney Hall, L.A. Phil. officials said it was made "in an effort to protect artists, audiences, and staff from the spread of COVID-19." They estimate that the cancellation will cost them about $80 million in revenue loss. In anticipation of that, the association is furloughing approximately 25% of its full-time, non-union staff and laying off all seasonal Hollywood Bowl employees. The orchestra members will also be furloughed. Prior to this decision, the L.A. Phil had already laid-off all part-time staff and cut existing salaries by 35%.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the impacts of the decision? Do you frequent the Hollywood Bowl? Tell us how you’re feeling about the news by calling 866-893-5722. 

Read the full LAist story from Gina Pollack here

Guest: 

Chad Smith, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association