Dancers of Texas Ballet Theater Take Steps to Unionize

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

11/30/2022 – The wave of artists organizing across the country continues as the Dancers of Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “We are thrilled that an overwhelming majority of the dancers of this important company have come together in union. AGMA looks forward to welcoming the dancers of TBT into the community of union artists, and supporting them at every stage,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. Texas Ballet Theater was founded by Margo Dean in 1961 and is now an internationally recognized professional dance company. The Company’s roster includes 29 dancers. The Dancers have also sent their own letter to Texa... Read More -->

Today is Giving Tuesday

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

TODAY is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Each year Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity for friends and supporters to come together and support the AGMA Relief Fund’s longstanding mission of helping AGMA Artists in need. On Giving Tuesday, and every day, there are a number of ways you can support the AGMA Relief Fund: Donate! Make a gift of any size to the AGMA Relief Fund (tax deductible!)Encourage others to participate! Forward this link to your network of friends who love and support the ArtsSpread our message! Post about the AGMA Relief Fund on your social media channels The AGMA Relief Fund is 100% dependent... Read More -->

Dancers of Ballet Memphis Take Steps to Unionize

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

11/28/2022 - With an overwhelming majority of support, the Dancers of Ballet Memphis have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “We’re thrilled that the Dancers of Ballet Memphis have come together in union with AGMA, as so many dancers from around the country have done. These artists recognize the importance and power of having a collective voice, and AGMA is here to support their efforts every step of the way,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. Founded in 1986 by Dorothy Gunther Pugh, and based in Memphis, Tennessee, Ballet Memphis regularly performs at their midtown home, at Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Performing Arts Center, and the Orpheum The... Read More -->

SIGN THE PETITION: Stand with Actors’ Equity for a Fair Contract

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

Actors’ Equity Association has been at the bargaining table with The Broadway League since September negotiating the contract that covers Broadway and other League-produced sit-down productions across the country. They still don’t have a deal for a fair contract. A solidarity rally was held in Times Square on Thursday, November 17. Now, they have created a petition through Action Network. AEA actors and stage managers on Broadway are fighting for fair wages and adequate increment payments; sensible rehearsal schedules and sufficient coverage for actors and stage managers; and workplace safety that covers everything from COVID safety protocols to discrimination and harassment. AGMA members can show the Broadway League that people ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Wins Second Marcom Award

Published November 22, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMAzine, the Union’s long-standing publication, has earned a Gold Award in the 2022 MarCom Awards. The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievements by marketing and communication professionals. Entries come from across all industries including corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies, and freelancers. AGMA was recognized for its 2022 Summer AGMA on the Rise issue. This is the Union’s second MarCom Award. In 2021, AGMA earned a Gold Award for the 2021 Winter issue of AGMAzine entitled The New Frontier. The magazine is put together by the Membership and Member Relations Committee (MMR... Read More -->

WATCH NOW: Health Insurance Seminar Hosted by the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus

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

New Webinar Alert! The recording of the Health Insurance Seminar hosted by the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus on Monday, November 14 is now available for viewing. National Director of Health Services for the Entertainment Community Fund Renata Marinaro, LMSW, served as guest speaker. She provided slides that have also been posted to the website. Marinaro has dedicated her career to counseling professionals in the entertainment and performing arts industry nationwide on healthcare coverage options. The recording and the PDF of the slides are available exclusively to AGMA members. To access, members must log in to MyAGMA and visit the “AGMA Webinars” hub (found via the MyAGMA dropdown menu). From there, members should select “AGMA... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Tulsa Ballet

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The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Tulsa Ballet was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS GENERAL COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Compensation increases in Year 1:Apprentice: 10%Corps De Ballet I: 7%Corps De Ballet II: 5.5%Demi Soloist: 5%Soloist: 5%Principal: 3% Additional increases of 3%, 3%, and 2% in Years 2-4.17% per diem increase Matching retirement contributions up to 2% Weekly parking allowance doubled from $10 to $20 Additional paid sick leave to comply with CDC quarantine recommendations, in addition to existing paid sick leave bank&nb... Read More -->

Dancers of Saint Louis Ballet Join AGMA

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

11/17/2022 – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is pleased to announce that the dancers of Saint Louis Ballet have voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionizing with AGMA, the labor union of the finest dancers, singers, and staging staff in dance, opera, and concert choral performance throughout the United States. The National Labor Relations Board election was held on Thursday, November 17. Given the results, Saint Louis Ballet has recognized AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the dancers. “Congratulations to the dancers of Saint Louis Ballet for winning their Union. AGMA is thrilled to welcome the dancers of Saint Louis Ballet during a pivotal moment in AGMA’s history,” said Sam Wheeler, AGMA’s... Read More -->

Actors’ Equity Rally in Times Square TOMORROW

Published November 16, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA stands in solidarity with the Actors' Equity Association Broadway actors and stage managers rallying for a fair contract. AGMA members in the New York City area are encouraged to attend tomorrow's rally (Thursday, November 17) at 4:30 p.m ET in TIMES SQUARE (the pedestrian plaza between Broadway and 7th Avenue, between 45th and 46th Streets). Members not close by, consider sharing support online! It's about time for a fair deal for Broadway workers. Equity members have been sharing their concerns online, using the hashtag #ItsAboutTimeBroadway. From Actors' Equity Association’s official press release, “The national union organizing 51,000 actors and stage managers in live entertainment, has been at the bargaining tab... Read More -->

REMINDER: Southern Central Area Membership Meeting on November 28

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AREA MEETING REMINDER! The Southern Central Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually on Monday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. CT. Today, members of the Area will be sent a REMINDER email around 12:00 p.m. CT with more information and a link to register. Those who registered prior to receiving the reminder, do not need to do so again. ... Read More -->