It seems that controversy strikes again in the gaming industry, and this time, it’s coming for the music.
According to a recent post by Kotaku,Tuesday’s Zelda Symphony concert being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York was met with protests from the musician’s union group, Local 802. John O’ Connor, one of the Vice Presidents of the union, has gone on record stating that Massimo Gallotta Productions was using young, out of state musicians who were being paid less and without union benefits.
Since the Barclays Center is a non-union building, concert promoters are not required to exclusively hire musicians from the union, and this was the reasoning behind Massimo Gallotta’s hiring choices. Gallotta has stated that musicians from Boston as well as local, non-union New Yorkers were chosen for artistic reasons, and that their contracts were reasonable. This is in direct contrast to O’ Connor’s claims that the Zelda Symphony musicians were earning $100 less than what they would be making with the union. So far, a Nintendo rep has not responded to any requests for a comment.
Gallotta has used union musicians where it was required, however, with the most recent example being the Zelda Symphony’s performance on the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. If you missed out on seeing them perform live, be sure to check out the video here.
Legend of Zelda fans who attended the concert were given flyers from the union expressing their frustration about the situation, but despite the protests, the concert went on and was a roaring success.
With incidents like this and the recent voice actor strike, do you think people lending their musical and vocal talents to the industry are being treated fairly? Be sure to let your voice be heard in the comments!