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Announcing AGMA’s New National Executive Director

Published January 27, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Board of Governors is pleased to announce Sam Wheeler as the Union’s new National Executive Director. The Board approved this appointment on Thursday, January 27, 2022. Mr. Wheeler will assume the position on February 1, 2022. Mr. Wheeler is a union-side labor lawyer who has dedicated his professional life to the labor movement. He joined AGMA in 2019 as Eastern Counsel. “During his tenure at AGMA, Sam demonstrated that he is a leader and became known for being a strong and gifted negotiator and a fierce advocate for AGMA Artists across the country. The Board recognizes that he is an exceptional individual and we are delighted that, as National Executive Director, Sam will continue to serve the Union in an important ... Read More -->

The Actors Fund Announces “Gendertainers: From Safety to Celebration”

Published January 20, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Actors Fund has announced "Gendertainers: From Safety to Celebration." Beginning February 8, this 8-week group aims to create a safe and affirming space for Trans, intersex, non-binary, gender-nonconforming and questioning entertainment professionals. Through dialog and inquiry, the group will address the impact of outdated gender roles and expectations placed on individuals and communities, as well as celebrate the contributions of the trans community in the performing arts and entertainment industry. For more information and to schedule an interview, please visit here. Reminder: AGMA members have access to The Actors Fund’s broad spectrum of programs, workshops, and other online resources! ... Read More -->

Staging Staff Caucus Meeting Reminder: New Year “Check In” on January 24

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This is a friendly reminder that the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will meet on Monday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The first meeting of 2022 will serve as a mental and emotional checkpoint for AGMA Staging Staff members. A number of topics will be covered in this safe space, including current interests, exciting new projects, and the difficult obstacles of the last two years, as well as the challenges and opportunities that will be found in the days ahead. The Caucus will raise the following discussion questions: What is the state of the staging staff at the start of 2022?How can we help each other and our colleagues?What should we talk about next? Please register here. ALL AGMA staging staff in good standing... Read More -->

EVENT REMINDER: Black Dancers Across Generations: A Panel Discussion on January 26

Published January 19, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This is a friendly reminder that the AGMA Black Caucus will host “Black Dancers Across Generations: A Panel Discussion” on Wednesday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET. Lauren Anderson, former Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet, and Ashton Edwards, Apprentice with Pacific Northwest Ballet, are joining as special guest panelists!  Join the AGMA Black Caucus for a panel discussion with these professional Black dancers as they talk openly about their careers and how the pandemic has affected their artistry. There will be time for a Q&A! All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to attend this special event. Register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom details will be sent... Read More -->

Order Free COVID Tests: Government Website Launches Early

Published January 18, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The federal government has unveiled COVIDtests.gov. U.S. residents can order a maximum of four FREE COVID-19 tests that will ship directly to them via this site. Tests will usually ship in 7-12 days. While individuals should be able to place their orders today, according to the White House, this website is still in a “beta phase” and will formally roll out tomorrow. While a very helpful resource, AGMA members should continue to follow protocols at AGMA companies as these free rapid tests shouldn’t be considered a substitute for any testing being conducted by your employer. The fundamental safety protocols of the AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook should continue to be reviewed and considered.   ... Read More -->

OCCC Maintaining Vocal Health Webinar Now Available to AGMA Members

Published January 13, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The latest presentation hosted by the AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus is available for viewing! On January, 10, the OCCC welcomed back multidisciplinary clinicians from the NYU Langone Voice Center, Dr. Paul Kwak (laryngologist) and Dr. Aaron Johnson (speech-language pathologist), for another discussion on vocal health. To access the recording, members must log into MyAGMA and visit the “AGMA Webinars” main page. From there, members can select “AGMA Caucus Webinars.” Happy viewing! ... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Announces Upcoming Panel Featuring Dancers

Published January 12, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus is excited to host “Black Dancers Across Generations: A Panel Discussion” on Wednesday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET. Lauren Anderson, former Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet, and Ashton Edwards, Apprentice with Pacific Northwest Ballet, are joining as special guest panelists! More panelists may be announced before the event. Join the AGMA Black Caucus for a panel discussion with these professional Black dancers as they talk openly about their careers and how the pandemic has affected their artistry. There will be time for a Q&A! All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to attend this special event. Register here. The Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to Janu... Read More -->

AGMA Dues Reminder: Deadline Approaching

Published January 11, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This reminder was emailed to members on January 11, 2022. While 2022 is off to an undeniably uncertain start, we were happy to bid adieu to 2021 and move our focus and energy into 2022. AGMA remains optimistic that better days lie ahead. Our main goal continues to be the safety and success of AGMA Artists and our signatory companies. Thank you for your continued strength and resilience as we journey deeper into the new year and continue to work through these challenging times together. We wish you and your loved ones a year filled with peace, joy, and good health. We write today to remind you that the 2022 basic annual dues deadline is approaching. This is a follow-up message to the one sent to all AGMA members on December 14. An inv... Read More -->

AGMA Staging Staff Caucus Announces First Meeting of the New Year

Published January 10, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will meet on Monday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/600 p.m. PT. The first meeting of 2022 will serve as a mental and emotional checkpoint. A number of topics will be covered in this safe space, including current interests, exciting new projects, and the difficult obstacles of the last two years, as well as the challenges and opportunities that will be found in the days ahead. The Caucus will raise the following discussion questions: What is the state of the staging staff at the start of 2022?How can we help each other and our colleagues?What should we talk about next? Please register here. ALL AGMA staging staff in good standing are encouraged to attend! The Zoom details in the days leading u... Read More -->

AGMA’s Update on Omicron Guidance

Published January 6, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

1/6/2022 - This update was also emailed to AGMA members and signatory companies today. Open Update Today, AGMA shares an update to the emergency guidance that we issued on December 21, 2021. ICYMI: AGMA issued an Emergency Guidance on Omicron Surge to help AGMA Artists and companies continue live performances – especially holiday performances. We know this was a challenging time for many of you and that breakthrough infections occurred. Many AGMA companies, however, were able to complete their holiday productions with these extra safeguards in place.  We write now to update and reinforce the AGMA Expert Medical Advisory Board’s recommendations. We encourage AGMA Artists and companies to adhere to these guidelines... Read More -->