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October 18 Staging Staff Caucus Meeting will Focus on DANCE

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

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will host a free form virtual discussion on Stage Management for Dance on Monday, October 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stage Managers from multiple dance disciplines will discuss the rehearsal process, creating new works, bringing back old repertory, touring, and what is unique and similar between their particular companies. Bring your questions and anecdotes! ALL Staging Staff members of AGMA are invited to this discussion, not just those in the dance world! Please register here. Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to the meeting. ... Read More -->

AGMA’s September Newsletter

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

AGMA members should check their inboxes for AGMA's September Newsletter! It was sent yesterday (September 28) around 3:00 p.m. ET. Members in good standing who subscribe to the Union's emails but didn't receive the newsletter are advised to check spam folders. Gmail users usually locate these newsletters in the "Promotions" tab. If further assistance is required, please email communications@musicalartists.org. As a reminder, members can access all of AGMA's newsletters by visiting the AGMA Newsletter Archive on the website (MyAGMA login required). ... Read More -->

AGMA Stands in Solidarity with IATSE

Published September 28, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We are united with I.A.T.S.E.! AGMA firmly stands in solidarity with workers of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) in their push for a fair contract from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). I.A.T.S.E. members are fighting for overdue, fundamental improvements in the quality of their lives, including safe and humane working conditions like reasonable time between shifts, meal breaks, and fair wages and benefits. Hollywood doesn't exist without these brilliant and indispensable workers, and the AMPTP, representing some of the most profitable companies in the world, must value their skill and their labor. -The American Guild of Musical Artists ... Read More -->

Planning Ahead: 2023 National Election

Published September 27, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

An email containing this information was sent to AGMA members on September 27, 2021. While the next AGMA National Election is not until 2023, AGMA wishes to remind its members of new eligibility requirements for National Elections stemming from recent changes to AGMA’s Constitution. AGMA’s Constitution can be accessed through the MyAGMA Portal under the “Policies and Procedures” section. In the 2021 National Election, the Nomination period began on February 1, 2021. While the AGMA Board of Governors has not yet determined when the Nomination period will begin for the 2023 National Election, members potentially interested in running for AGMA Office or a seat on the Board of Governors in 2023 are advised to keep t... Read More -->

AGMA Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Productions Involving Children Under 12

Published September 23, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

9/23/2021 - In the past few weeks, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and our Expert Medical Advisory Board have received many requests for guidance about productions involving children under age twelve (12) who are not currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. This is an especially urgent concern for AGMA signatory ballet companies that depend on successful Nutcracker runs to meet annual financial goals. Many AGMA ballet companies are casting only vaccinated children, a best practice we encourage. We recognize, however, that this may not be possible for all companies. Accordingly, this Special Guidance is intended for productions involving unvaccinated children. Open the guidance here. As always, AGMA’s goal ... Read More -->

AGMA Health Fund Announces Changes in Plan, Info Sessions

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As a reminder, the Health Fund is a separate entity from AGMA, with its own staff and Trustees. Information is available on the AGMA Health Fund website. Please reach out to the Fund Office at 212-765-3664 or info@agmaretirement-health.org with any questions. 9/23/2021 - AGMA members who are participants of the AGMA Health Fund should have received communications from the AGMA Health Fund about changes that will go into effect on January 1, 2022. INFO SESSION: AGMA encourages its eligible members to join the last general info session hosted by the Health Fund about these changes on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, at 11:00 a.m. ET. The Health Fund tells AGMA that the session will also be recorded. Here is the link to join on that day. ... Read More -->

Lyric Opera Stage Artists (LOSA) Earns 501(c)(3) Status

Published September 21, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

CHICAGO, IL (9/21/2021) - LOSA (Lyric Opera Stage Artists) is now an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. LOSA received this news on September 7, 2021. “Reaching this status is a dream come true that will allow LOSA to keep up our important mission while also expanding into new and more ambitious territory,” said Cathy Dunn, LOSA Board President and AGMA member since 1991. “We strive to serve our community of Chicagoland in a meaningful way. Now being able to receive donations and apply for grants will propel LOSA to the next level. This has been an exciting development for all of us.” She added, “We cannot thank Bob Downs enough, a friend and longtime LOSA and Lyric supporter. He donated his legal expertise and helpe... Read More -->

REMINDER: AGMA Black Caucus Meeting September 22

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

Meeting reminder! The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. ET. The AGMA Black Caucus was established one year ago. Given the milestone, the meeting will be a year-in-review discussion. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. Register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom information will be sent as we approach the meeting. Please email BlackCaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

OCCC Meeting Reminder: September 20

Published September 14, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Meeting Reminder! AGMA Choristers in good standing are invited to attend the upcoming Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus (OCCC) meeting on Monday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m. ET. During this meeting, the OCCC will focus on the priorities, issues, and concerns of Concert Choristers and Choir members, including the following: Job SecurityBullying and FavoritismBalancing Multiple JobsJob Parity and Opportunities Concert Choristers and Choir members in good standing with AGMA are encouraged to add their voice to this national discussion and should register intent to attend the September 20 meeting. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom information will be sent as the meeting approa... Read More -->

September 11 Remembrance Message from AGMA

Published September 11, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11. We'll be sharing reflections and resources on our social media stories throughout the day. September 11 means something to many of us and has had long-lasting, life-changing effects on many. If you're feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed during this time, please know you're not alone. Your mental health and wellbeing matter. Places like local organizations in your area, The Actors Fund, or NAMI.org may be able to help. It's no secret that we are living through a critical time right now; one that demands from us a deep culture of compassion. Let us recall and renew our commitment to care for one another. ... Read More -->