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Transgender Day of Visibility Message from AGMA

Published March 31, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility — a day dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the resilience and accomplishments of the transgender and non-binary community. In particular, AGMA celebrates and honors the transgender and non-binary artists who have given so much of their gifts and talents to make the arts better, more inclusive, and more vibrant. AGMA is stronger as a union because of its transgender and non-binary members. Unfortunately, today is also a day to raise awareness about the violence and inequality transgender and non-binary individuals face on a daily basis. Every person deserves a just and equal life and workplace, free of harassment, violence, and discrimination. Today we stand in solidarity with... Read More -->

Re-Introducing the AGMA Delegate Portal

Published March 30, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is happy to re-introduce the AGMA DELEGATE PORTAL. This portal requires MyAGMA access. AGMA Delegates are a vital part of the Union’s presence in the workplace - acting as leaders, organizers, communicators, and resources for all AGMA Artists. AGMA Delegates help make sure our signatory employers are providing a safe and mutually respectful environment and that the hard-won protections of the collective bargaining agreement are followed. AGMA Delegates act as a liaison between the Artists and the management of the company, ensuring productive and respectful working relationships. AGMA Delegates work to bring all shop members together and help create a shared sense of identity as union members. This new resource hub for AGMA De... Read More -->

Annie Hollister Joins AGMA as Eastern Counsel

Published March 29, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Annie Hollister (she/her) joined the American Guild of Musical Artists as Eastern Counsel in March 2022. The proud daughter of an IATSE member, Hollister was born and raised in New York City and, in a previous life, trained as a classical singer. She comes to AGMA from the Honors Program at the United States Department of Labor (DOL), where she was involved in drafting and litigating regulations for the protection and empowerment of American workers.  Prior to joining DOL, she clerked for the Hon. Marsha S. Berzon on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  “I am thrilled that Annie has joined our team of negotiators at AGMA," said National Executive Director Sam Wheeler. "Annie is an exceptiona... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: Kristine Covillo Lynch on Searching for an Identity Beyond “Dancer”

Published March 28, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Kristine Covillo Lynch published a personal essay on identity in the fall 2021 issue of AGMAzine. In the essay, she dives into how she “constantly questions” her identity. “Am I still a ‘dancer’ if I’m not performing professionally?” she writes. “Am I okay with going by other monikers now? Could ‘mother,’ ‘teacher,’ ‘choreographer,’ or ‘administrator/director’ be my new appellative? I love all these things, but could these new titles replace my old identity of ‘dancer?’” Also in the essay, she shares information about the company she founded with her husband. We are so happy to share her poignant thoughts once more as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series. I was, and perhaps I still am, a profes... Read More -->

AGMA Approves Digital Media Side Letter with BalletMet

Published March 23, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Board of Governors has approved a Digital Media Side Letter with BalletMet. Under this agreement, AGMA Artists are entitled to: Digital copies of professional photographs for personal and promotional useExpanded approval rights over photos and videos the employer shares online, including credit to Artists and a "do not tag" listPayments for social media broadcasts/streams PLUS social media activities (like Instagram takeovers and interviews) are optional, and to take place on paid time. Congratulations to everyone involved in this effort! ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: Whitney McAnally on the Power of Inclusive Language

Published March 21, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In the Fall 2021 issue of AGMAzine, Production Stage Manager Whitney McAnally penned a short essay on why representation matters in the Performing Arts, and the power of inclusive phrases and word choices. McAnally joined the LA Opera staging staff in the fall of 2012 and became Production Stage Manager in 2019. Throughout her career, she has worked across the nation at AGMA and regional Equity theater houses. She spends her summers at Santa Fe Opera and is proud to be a member of AGMA for over 20 years. We are happy to share her piece once more as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series. “Representation matters.” These are not new words and these days we are all navigating the best way to be as inclusive as possible in our d... Read More -->

NYS Artists: Manhattan Plaza Opened its Waitlist

Published March 17, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA has received word that Manhattan Plaza will be opening their Mitchell Lama waiting lists for Studio, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom units as of today, March 17, 2022. Please use the Mitchell Lama Connect website to apply. This is open to New York State residents only.  There are income limits. If you need any additional information, please contact 212-971-0660 or amilano@related.com ... Read More -->

Call for Submissions: AGMAzine

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AGMA Artists are invited to submit a piece of writing or artwork to the upcoming issue of AGMAzine! The theme for the magazine this time around is AGMA on the Rise and we want to celebrate AGMA members across the country. The deadline to contribute to the Summer 2022 issue is May 6, 2022. Email submissions (word document preferred) and high-resolution photos (as attachments) directly to Denise Baker at dbaker@musicalartists.org. The theme “AGMA on the Rise” encompasses the growth and change AGMA and its members have experienced over the last two-plus years. We are still navigating through the pandemic, still fighting for equity. During this time, AGMA members have displayed great fortitude. AGMA welcomes articles (100 word... Read More -->

ACTION ALERT! Tell Your Reps: Pass the CROWN Act!

Published March 15, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

ACTION ALERT! The House is voting on the CROWN Act, legislation that will help end race-based hair discrimination. The CROWN acronym stands the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. This important bill is a part of our shared Policy Agenda for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industries. Show your support and tell your representative to vote YES! ... Read More -->

REMINDER! Upcoming Organizing Presentation Hosted by the Staging Staff Caucus

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This is a reminder that the Staging Staff Caucus will host an Organizing 101 presentation on Monday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Joining together in union gives artists the power to shape and improve their workplaces and their industries. The presentation will focus on organizing new companies as well as organizing new bargaining units within existing AGMA signatory companies. Joining the Caucus is special guest speaker Griff Braun, AGMA's National Organizing Director. Braun will present an overview of union organizing and talk about the opportunities and challenges surrounding the organizing of Directors, Choreographers, Stage Managers, Fight Directors, and all their assistants and associates at both opera and dance... Read More -->