On Friday evening, ArtsATL posted an article that reported that the Woodruff Arts Foundation filed documents with the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 that showed large pay raises for top executives, including those of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Before posting the story, ArtsATL sent specific details about the information to the ASO and to Joe Bankoff, former president and chief executive officer of the Woodruff Arts Center, seeking comment. They did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
The article was removed Saturday after ArtsATL obtained the Woodruff’s 2008 IRS Form 990. It showed a discrepancy with the salary figures that were listed on the 2009 form and showed that substantial raises were not given.
“Because we are committed to the highest standards of accuracy and fairness and we understand the potential impact of our reporting on ongoing negotiations, we elected to take down the story until we can investigate further,” said ArtsATL Executive Director and Editor Catherine Fox.