The Nashville Symphony laid off its entire catering and dining staff on Monday in a move designed to cut costs after deciding that food service was “not directly related to our core mission.”
“After August 4, the Nashville Symphony will continue to rent the building for events, but will use a system of pre-approved, “preferred” caterers,” chairman Ed Goodrich and CEO Alan Valentine said in a statement. “We are in negotiation with those caterers now and expect to publish the list shortly. We look forward to continuing to work with our many rental clients and want to assure them the Schermerhorn remains one of Nashville’s first-class destinations for special events. We will also, of course, continue to provide concessions and bar service for all concerts and events.”
The symphony is currently facing foreclosure on its home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Bank of America will auction the property on June 28 if no deal has been reached on the symphony’s outstanding debt.
A sympony spokesman said that 16 full-time food service staff have been affected and that five will be offered part-time positions. Additionally, one full-time events position will be eliminated through attrition.