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Affiliated with the AFL-CIO; Branch of Associated Actors and Artistes of America

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New York, NY 10018

Phone 212.265.3687
Fax 212.262.9088

We are the labor organization that represents the men and women who create America’s operatic, choral and dance heritage.

Performing artists live to perform. But their talents, their skill and the beauty they create won't necessarily pay the rent, put food on the table or guarantee the necessities of life. Without forceful advocacy and defense of their rights, artists may be vulnerable to exploitation or illegal discrimination. They need protection. They can find it by joining AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Dear AGMA Artists,

As you may have heard, Gotham Chamber Opera has closed its doors.  In a letter from the Executive Director, Edward Barnes informs us that; “The board of Gotham Chamber Opera voted to close down operations.  The form of the close down— a wind down, bankruptcy etc.—has not yet been determined.”

Our attorneys are evaluating the situation and will advise us how to proceed as more information becomes available.  In the meantime we are aware that GCO has made contractual commitments to AGMA Artists for upcoming scheduled events that will most likely not take place, or have already been canceled. 

If you have a contract for any GCO productions please contact us at (212) 265-3687, or email me as soon as possible so we may take any appropriate actions on your behalf.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours truly,

Deborah Allton-Maher, Esq.
Interim National Executive Director

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