The Louisville Orchestra management has said it will begin hiring replacement musicians this month, reports the Courier-Journal.

The orchestra players, who have been in negotiation with management for almost a year, had proposed that both sides work with an orchestra industry professional who would have up to a year to issue binding recommendations – during which time the musicians would play on a one-year 'bridge' contract. But management rejected this idea, saying that such a contract would cost the orchestra more than it could afford, and that an arbitrator should not have the power to make decisions regarding management.

The Louisville Orchestra has now issued a call for auditions for all instruments, advertising a minimum weekly salary of $925 with a guaranteed minimum of 30 weeks' employment.