Nevertheless, the orchestra expects a shortfall of 25 million $US by the end of 2021, after all public performances will no longer take place on March 16. The result is a 60% reduction in revenue from ticket sales, philanthropy and corporate sponsorship. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra struck a similar deal earlier this year, which reduces wages to 70 per cent of the pre-COVID-19 level. “The OA is committed to having a full-time orchestra and choir,” the spokesman said. “This agreement gives musicians an important level of input for maintaining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to return to a full programme of concerts and performances if conditions permit,” he said. In addition to the 13 vacancies, the layoffs would bring the orchestra`s permanent strength to 40 players, according to a letter to Australian musicians, received by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.