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AGMA Anti-Sexual Harassment Update

Published March 30, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

[Content warning: This message contains material about sexual harassment] We write you today to provide an update on AGMA’s anti-sexual harassment efforts. Prior to the pandemic, AGMA had begun a concerted effort with OPERA America facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in the battle against sexual harassment and discrimination in the Performing Arts. While AGMA has not stopped working to combat sexual harassment in our workplaces, unfortunately, this initiative was temporarily paused in 2020 due to an Executive Order from the previous administration which prevented FMCS from working on anti-harassment initiatives. We are happy to share with you that during the March 22 Board of Governors meeting... Read More -->

Week Eight: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published March 29, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We have officially entered our eighth week of bargaining with the Met. We entered this early-bargaining agreement clear-eyed that the Met has significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and we remain willing to work with the Met to help it survive this difficult time. Throughout all eight weeks, we never lost sight of the fact that the Artists are the Met, and without AGMA Artists, there is no Metropolitan Opera. It’s been a balancing act, a give and take, but we’ve continued to push the interests and needs of the Artists to the forefront of every conversation, ensuring that AGMA members who make their livelihood at the Met can continue to do so and that the Met as an institution can continue to attract and ret... Read More -->

Announcing the AGMA Dancers Caucus and Kickoff Meeting

Published March 24, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The latest AGMA member caucus to form is dedicated to Dancers. The AGMA Dancers Caucus will serve as a forum where the Dancer members of AGMA can come together to discuss and share goals and aspirations, and lend support to fellow Dancers and other AGMA members through communicating with each other and AGMA’s elected leadership. “As Dancers, we are expertly attuned to using our bodies to communicate, but often our voices are not always in step,” read the statement from the group’s founding members. “Our hopes as we launch the AGMA Dancers Caucus are that we can provide an important space for Dancers across AGMA signatories to connect and shape debate to better represent and promote the needs of Dancers within the industry.... Read More -->

Week Seven: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published March 22, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

It has been one year since the 2019-20 season was canceled at the Metropolitan Opera. If you follow all of our artist-run accounts, you will see that we felt it was important to mark this tough anniversary this past Friday. We are still here, waiting for it to be deemed safe for us to return to the house we love and the art form to which we have dedicated our lives. While we look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel, we must also look back and remember the members of the Met Opera Family we have lost to COVID-19. We remember Antoine Hodge, Extra Chorister; Vincent Lionti, Violist; Elijah Moshinsky, Stage Director; and Joel Revzen, Assistant Conductor as we move forward toward reopening. Our collective grief for these amazing so... Read More -->

AGMA’s Statement on Atlanta-Area Shootings

Published March 17, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The horrible acts of violence in the Atlanta area appear to be part of an abhorrent trend. The indisputable pattern and documented rise in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes this past year is something no group should have to endure. AGMA extends its deepest condolences to the loved ones of the eight people who perished and to the AAPI community in Atlanta and beyond. AGMA commits to solidarity with all of the AAPI community—our country must address anti-Asian racism on every level. NOW. This must stop. ... Read More -->

Week Six: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published March 15, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Friday marked one year since the Met announced its closure during a musical rehearsal of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. It was only meant to be a “short intermission,” but it swiftly morphed into the pandemic juggernaut that decimated our beloved performing arts community. Not even during the pandemic of 1918 was the Metropolitan Opera closed for this long of a stretch. Not one day since then can be defined as “easy.” Even the lighter days have a heaviness to them, because so much of our futures and careers remain in flux, unknown, uncertain. What we do know is that we are fighting for a better Met and a better industry at large. We will NOT return to the same industry we left, in a number of ways. In a recent statement, AGMA wrote ... Read More -->

One Year Later: A Message from AGMA

Published March 12, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

It is difficult to properly reflect on something we are still very much living through. Last spring brought with it change, deep loss, and isolation we never knew before. But it didn’t take away our passion or resolve. AGMA Artists gave new meaning to the word “perseverance,” enduring through the loss of work and income, changes in their location, facing the unknown, and more. Resilient and innovative, AGMA Artists have proven that powerful Art can be created from anywhere, and continually reach people who need it most, as long as there is deep meaning and heart behind the work. Yes, we are still in this heartbreaking and financially devastating standstill. Tomorrow will be one year and one day, then one year and two days...and... Read More -->

AGMA Receives AFL-CIO Charter

Published March 10, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists received a direct charter from the AFL-CIO this morning at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting. Previously, AGMA was affiliated with the AFL-CIO and its Department for Professional Employees (DPE) through its membership in the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As). Receiving a direct charter is a distinguished honor for AGMA, as this formal association with the national federation of labor unions signifies that AGMA has earned a seat at the table alongside the other major unions fighting for workers’ rights, in the entertainment industry and across all sectors of our country.  "We are so proud that the talented Artists from AGMA have joined our federation in the fight for working... Read More -->

Week Five: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published March 8, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

"Grappling with the one-year mark of the pandemic's effect on our lives and our industry is such an overwhelming thing to do. And still, we have hope in our hearts and faith in science that we will soon return to the jobs we love, though we know it won't be easy. We are dedicated to being as transparent as possible during these ongoing experiences. We know our fight for what’s right will stretch much further than the Met. Today we enter our fifth week of bargaining with the Met. Last week, we engaged in cost evaluation to understand the true effects of proposed cuts, assessing potential opportunities to improve the Met’s financial stability. We made more progress on proposals including equalizing Pension Fund payments among the ... Read More -->

Version 4 of AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook Now Available

Published March 2, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

March 2, 2021 - American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have released the fourth version of the AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook.Major updates in Version 4 include: Levels of Reopening: Levels have been simplified and condensed from 5 levels to 3Ventilation Guidance: More specific information regarding air changes per hour, recommended percentage of fresh outdoor air, and filtration ratingsMinimum Space Requirements: New tables and worksheets included assisting in calculating the minimum space required for various levels of activity. Special Considerations for Singers: Masks and microphones as means of getting more singers back to work A new section on Worsenin... Read More -->