NEW YORK — The salaries of pianists in New York City’s Metropolitan Opera have jumped by more than half since the ban on American imports was lifted last year, according to data obtained by NBC News.
In the first quarter of 2018, the salaries of New York’s resident pianists rose 4 percent, according the data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New England.
The figures were not available for January.
The figures, obtained by the NBC News Investigative Unit, show that the salaries for the Metropolitan Opera’s resident female pianists increased from $9,500 to $10,000 in the first nine months of 2018.
Male piano instructors, meanwhile, rose by 4 percent.
The data comes as Trump’s administration has imposed an immigration ban on U.S. residents of seven predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The ban was lifted on Jan. 6, and the Metropolitan’s orchestra is scheduled to play in New Year’s Eve in 2018.
The Metropolitan’s board of directors met Tuesday with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.N. envoy for human rights, and other officials to discuss the orchestra’s performance.
The board said the orchestra would play in the Metropolitan until the new administration is reevaluating its status.
The Federal Reserve is the world’s central bank.
The U.K. and Germany are two of the U.C.L.A.s biggest employers.
The city’s Metropolitan Police Department has been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, and it has had to deal with a string of assaults by members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The orchestra has also been criticized for not performing regularly at concerts in which people of Muslim faith are invited to perform.