Opera Colorado Organizing Update

Published June 10, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On May 22, AGMA officially notified Opera Colorado management of its artists’ desire to unionize, with the hopes that the Company would respect their wishes and voluntarily recognize their Union. Unfortunately, Opera Colorado management rejected voluntary recognition and we've filed for an NLRB election. We will share more details as things progress. ICYMI: On May 22, AGMA announced that the artists of Opera Colorado had signed cards to form a union. At the time, the organizing artists said, “The artists of Opera Colorado are excited to rekindle our relationship with AGMA as we move forward together into this next phase of the company's history. By coming together in union, we look forward to securing the best possible opportuni... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Boston Lyric Opera

Published June 8, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Boston Lyric Opera was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Compensation increases of:3% for first year4% in the second year 4% in the third year​ Regular pay schedule for soloists, including up-front payments Stage Management overtime threshold lowered from 60 hours to 50 hours​ $2,500 relocation stipend for Production Staff artists required to move to Boston​ Penalty paid by BLO for late-issued Chorus contracts Special payments and revenue sharing for artists enga... Read More -->

Announcing AGMA’s New President, Officers, and Governors

Published June 7, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

2023 was an election year for AGMA! AGMA is a democratic union governed by the AGMA Board of Governors, the primary decision-making body for the Union. The AGMA Board of Governors is made up of elected artists from around the world who are willing to volunteer their time, expertise, and talents to AGMA’s members and the betterment of the Union. AGMA holds an election for its National Officers every four years. Approximately half of AGMA Governors are elected at the same time as the National Officers, while the other half of Governors are elected in off-year elections, held two years in between the National Officer elections. All Officers and Governors serve four-year terms. This was the first Officer election under AGMA’s new... Read More -->

AGMA Statement as Pride Month Begins

Published June 1, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is proud to be a union with incredible LGBTQIA+ members that have helped shape the performing arts (and the world) for the better. Pride Month is a month of education and celebration. But in the past several years, and in particular, in the last few months, we’ve seen concerted and coordinated efforts to roll back hard-fought freedoms, liberty, and dignity of the LGBTQIA+ community. In April, AGMA shared the ACLU’s nationwide tracking system that documents and categorizes anti-LGBTQ bills. At the time, there were 452 bills. Today, not even two months later, there are 491. This wide-scale effort seeks to erase the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals to safely exist as who they are within their bodies. AGMA once again encourage... Read More -->