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Workers Memorial Day 2022

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

Every April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to honor those who have been injured or lost their lives on the job, and to organize the fight for safe jobs. We stand united to strengthen workers’ rights and protections, and demand resources and actions needed for job safety enforcement. Everyone deserves a safe workplace! ... Read More -->

AGMA’s Census will Close in ONE WEEK

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

AGMA wishes to thank all of its members that have already completed the census. The census will only be open for ONE MORE WEEK. It will close on Wednesday, May 4, at approximately 11:59 p.m. ET. AGMA’s first demographic census was sent to members in good standing by Savanta on April 20. An easy way to search for the census is to search for “Savanta Market Research invite@decipherinc.com” and/or “Complete AGMA’s Demographic census.” (Previously Savanta was using the email address censusinvite@savanta.com, but we were made aware of email receipt issues. Some AGMA members were unable to receive the Census due to the email provider’s security restrictions. After looking into ways to resolve this, as of April 26, Savanta... Read More -->

ICYMI: AGMA’s April Newsletter

Published April 26, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA’s April 2022 Newsletter was delivered to AGMA members in good standing on April 22. (Members should check their spam or promotions/other tab!) Highlights include: AGMA's first demographic census; two FREE, public webinars on union organizing; dancers of Boulder Ballet take steps to join AGMA; information on student loan forgiveness; New York Business Representative position is open at AGMA; AGMAzine’s submission deadline is May 6; the redesigned Delegate Portal; AGMA Caucus updates; a recap of the April Board of Governors meeting; plus more! It has been a busy month at AGMA. As always, members can review ALL of AGMA’s past newsletters by visiting the Newsletter Archive behind the MyAGMA portal. ... Read More -->

Dance Registration Reminder: Organizing the Dance World Webinar

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Registration is still OPEN for AGMA’s upcoming free and public webinar “Organizing the Dance World.” Join AGMA on May 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET! This webinar welcomes all professional dancers and staging staff in ballet and contemporary concert dance in the United States. The subject will be union organizing – what it is, how it’s done, who the decision-makers are, and why the dance world would be better, safer, and stronger if all dance artists in the United States unionized and became AGMA artists. Register for “Organizing the Dance World” by May 8 in order to receive the Zoom. SAFE SPACE: Participation in this webinar will be confidential. By utilizing the webinar platform, AGMA will ensure a safe setting in... Read More -->

Opera Registration Reminder: Organizing the Opera World Webinar

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Registration is still OPEN for AGMA’s upcoming free and public webinar “Organizing the Opera World.” Join AGMA on Monday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. ET! This webinar welcomes all professional singers (principal artists/soloists and choristers), dancers, and staging staff in opera in the United States. The subject will be union organizing – what it is, how it’s done, who the decision-makers are, and why the opera world would be better, safer, and stronger if all opera artists in the United States unionized and became AGMA artists. Register for “Organizing the Opera world” by May 8 in order to receive the Zoom. SAFE SPACE: Participation in this webinar will be confidential. By utilizing the webinar platform, AG... Read More -->

AGMA Celebrates Landmark Tentative Agreement with the Joffrey Ballet

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

NEW YORK CITY/CHICAGO - 04/21/2022 - The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Joffrey Ballet reached a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, beginning July 1, 2022, and running through June 30, 2027. This is currently a tentative agreement, pending ratification by the AGMA Board of Governors. The AGMA Joffrey Negotiating Committee, representing their fellow 46 Joffrey dancers and stage managers, and the Joffrey came to a mutually beneficial contract after just one week of negotiations and open dialogue, marking the second consecutive five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between AGMA and the Joffrey. “This is an extraordinary agreement, and one both parties should celebrate,” said Sam Wheeler, N... Read More -->

Information on Student Loan Forgiveness

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Any AGMA members employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, and who have made 120 qualifying monthly payments, may be eligible to have their student loans forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, or PSLF, is a program from Federal Student Aid, or FSA, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education. With proper eligibility and verification, PSLF forgives the remaining balance on employee Federal Direct Student Loans after an employee has made 120 qualifying on-time, monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. AGMA is aware that some of its members have qual... Read More -->

AGMA’s Demographic Census is Here

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

AGMA’s first demographic census was sent to the AGMA members in good standing TODAY by Savanta! The census will only be open for TWO WEEKS and will close on Wednesday, May 4, at approximately 11:59 p.m. ET. Savanta advises that the census will take anywhere from 15 to 35 minutes to complete, depending on how members contribute to certain sections. Members who did not receive the census to their inbox should check their spam or promotions (Gmail) or other (Outlook) folder. An easy way to search for the census is to search for “Savanta Market Research censusinvite@savanta.com” and/or “Complete AGMA’s Demographic Census.” Members' participation in this historic census will help the Union improve the working lives of all... Read More -->

AGMA Opera & Concert Choristers Caucus Pens Open Letter to Non-Union Choral and Choir Organizations, Churches, and Contractors

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It has been over two years since the start of the pandemic, which shut down the performing arts industry. As we look ahead, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel and the return of some normalcy, but we are not out of the woods just yet. With positive cases rising around the country once again, employers must ensure that COVID protocols are in place and upheld. These protections have been vital to protecting Artists and helping organizations continue to perform throughout the pandemic. Unfortunately, the relaxation of city, state, and federal COVID standards has left many choirs and choruses (often non-union) vulnerable to the recent surge; we now face a substantial increase in positive cases in the singing community, spurred b... Read More -->

AGMA’s First Demographic Census will Launch TOMORROW

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

AGMA’s first demographic census in its 86-year history will be sent to AGMA members TOMORROW! AGMA commissioned Savanta, a third party, independent research and insights agency, to distribute, facilitate, and manage the Union’s census. Members should be aware that the census will be sent to them by Savanta. To prevent the census going to spam, AGMA recommends members add Savanta Market Research (censusinvite@savanta.com) to their contact list. Starting tomorrow, the census will only be open for TWO WEEKS and will close Wednesday, May 4, at approximately 11:59 p.m. ET. AGMA members' participation in this historic census will help the Union improve the working lives of all members. Here’s how: The census will collect a ... Read More -->