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AGMA’s Juneteenth Message

Published June 18, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Tomorrow is Juneteenth. The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, yet slavery still existed in America for another 87 years. Even after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, it took two more years for the last people to be freed - in Galveston, TX. on June 19, 1865.  Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  There is a parade of performative progress happening, both within the Performing Arts and our government. We need tangible action from our nation's leadership in the form of bills, and real change particularly in the arena of education surrounding the true history of systemic racism in our country. Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. To honor this day with more t... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies Contract with Chautauqua Opera

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AGMA is happy to report that Chautauqua Opera’s new collective bargaining agreement was ratified by AGMA leadership, following a unanimous shop vote, at the May AGMA Board of Governors meeting. Thank you to the negotiating committee for your hard work on this 4-year agreement! ... Read More -->

REMINDER: AGMA Black Caucus Meeting on June 23

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

This is a friendly reminder that the next AGMA Black Caucus meeting is on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to attend and join in on the conversation. A main topic of discussion will be: “Audition Transparency & Equity: A Conversation Between Dancers & Opera Singers." To receive the Zoom details in advance of the meeting, register here. Please email BlackCaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

Reminder: Staging Staff Caucus Meeting June 17 with Guest Speakers

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

This is a friendly reminder that the next meeting of the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is on Thursday, June 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET! All AGMA staging staff members in good standing are encouraged to join. If you haven't done so already, you can register here. Narda E. Alcorn, Professor, and Stage Manager, and Lisa Porter, Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, will facilitate a discussion on race, equity, and the unique role of staging staff within the production process. If you have any questions, or ideas for future discussions, please don't hesitate to send them to stagingstaffcaucus@musicalartists.org. ... Read More -->

June 23 AGMA Black Caucus Meeting Announced

Published June 9, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details in advance of the meeting, register here. Please email BlackCaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies Contract with the Metropolitan Opera

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

6/8/2021 – The AGMA Board of Governors has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Metropolitan Opera. “Considering what the Met was originally publicly seeking in concessions, which was around 30%, this comprehensive agreement is the best resolution for all our members,” said Len Egert, National Executive Director of AGMA, and the co-lead negotiator of the Met/AGMA contract. “It was a balancing act, a give and take, but we continued to push the interests and needs of our Artists to the forefront of every conversation. We ensured 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 retain the best Artists in the world.” Th... Read More -->

June 17 Staging Staff Caucus Meeting with Special Guests and DEI Discussion

Published June 3, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus invites you to its next caucus meeting on Thursday, June 17 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to register here. The Staging Staff Caucus is excited to share that they will be joined by two amazing guest speakers. Narda E. Alcorn, Professor, and Stage Manager, and Lisa Porter, Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, will facilitate a discussion on race, equity, and the unique role of staging staff within the production process. To read more about them, please open this document and read the wonderful article they co-wrote that provides a foundational curriculum on committing to anti-racist stage management. ... Read More -->

Important Change to the Met AGMA Tentative Agreement

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We are writing with an update on the Met/AGMA Tentative Agreement (TA). The Met AGMA Negotiating Committee heard the concerns of the AGMA soloist community, particularly concerning reductions going beyond the term of the agreement. After hearing soloists’ feedback, the Committee returned to the Met and expressed its continued opposition to this part of the Tentative Agreement. The Met AGMA Negotiating Committee was able to modify the Tentative Agreement in order to prevent reductions in compensation for per performance soloists beyond July 31, 2025. Further, any contracts after that date will not be subject to any contractual reductions. No other changes were made to the TA beyond this major gain, which ensures that soloists’ reduc... Read More -->

AGMA National Election Results

Published June 1, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA National Election has concluded, and today AGMA's election vendor, Global Election Services, tabulated the ballots. The results of the election are now available below, as well as on the National Election webpage (MyAGMA login required). The official Board roster on the AGMA website will be updated to reflect these results later today. AGMA wishes to thank all its members who voted and made their voices heard in this important election.  Congratulations to AGMA's newly-elected and returning Board of Governors members, and thank you to all candidates for their interest in serving on the Board. AGMA members' continued participation in the Union's democracy makes AGMA better and stronger.   ... Read More -->