After 20 months of negotiations, the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians have signed an agreement that will mean the players will return to work for the start of the 2012–13 season.

The deal calls for a one-year bridge contract with a longer contract to be determined by binding arbitration. Musicians and management will hire a mutually acceptable, nationally recognised consultant, who will make recommendations on a multi-year contract, as well as on orchestra initiatives and management policies.

The temporary agreement allows up to 57 players to work for 30 weeks a year. The musicians will receive a base salary of $925 a week. The orchestra wants a multi-year contract in place by spring 2013.