Holiday Video Message from AGMA President Ned Hanlon

Published December 21, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas A Holiday Message from AGMA President Seasons Greetings from AGMA’s National Headquarters! I am filled with gratitude as I extend my heartfelt wishes for a joyous holiday season to each and every member of AGMA. This year has been an extraordinary voyage for our union, we’ve marched - literally and metaphorically - through challenges, exhilarating highs, and the occasional rocky moment, and I am honored to share some reflections on the successes and lessons that have shaped our path. Celebrating Successes: 2023 has been a year of achievements and triumphs for our union. Just scroll back through our social media channels or the news section of our website, or flip throu... Read More -->

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Extends Support to the AGMA Relief Fund with Generous Donation

Published   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

A sincere thank you to Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this year's AGMA Relief Fund Holiday Drive Chair, for his recent gracious donation to the AGMA Relief Fund. Yannick's commitment goes beyond his role as Relief Fund Holiday Chair; it's a call to inspire others. As we celebrate his contribution, we also encourage those who are able to join in this symphony of support. As the AGMA Relief Fund Holiday Drive continues, your support, no matter the scale, can make a meaningful impact on the lives of AGMA Artists. Thank you for your generosity, Maestro, and for leading the way in creating a brighter future for the AGMA community. ... Read More -->

Staging Staff Caucus New Year Check-In on January 8

Published December 20, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Staging Staff Caucus will host its "New Year Check-In" on Monday, January 8, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Come ready to collaborate! Through this annual gathering, the Caucus seeks to promote unity, encourage open communication, and foster strategic planning for the upcoming year. The agenda includes celebrating successes, addressing issues, and brainstorming solutions together, ultimately strengthening the bond and cohesion between everyone in the AGMA staging staff community. All AGMA staging staff members in good standing are encouraged to attend! Register today. See you in 2024! ... Read More -->

AGMA National Office Holiday Hours

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In observance of the upcoming holidays, the AGMA National Office will close at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 22, and reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. For assistance, members should email their AGMA Staff Representative. Additionally, AGMA Delegates will know how to contact AGMA staff in an emergency. Happy Holidays, and see you in 2024! (The deadline for members to submit their 2024 Basic Annual Dues is December 31 by 5:00 p.m. ET. During the holidays, members will still be able to pay their dues online by logging into MyAGMA and selecting the “Pay Dues” button in “Personal Portal.” Members can also mail a check to AGMA at 305 7th Avenue, Suite 2A, New York, NY 10001.) ... Read More -->

Announcing New Members of AGMA’s Professional Staff

Published December 19, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Martha Kinsella (she/her), Cydney Bronstein (she/her), Dan Roberge (he/him), and El Schoepf (they/them) have joined AGMA’s professional staff. AGMA members are encouraged to explore the contact page on the AGMA website to review AGMA staff's respective signatory company assignments. "AGMA is thrilled to announce the addition of four exceptional individuals to our team," said Sam Wheeler, AGMA's National Executive Director. "I extend a heartfelt welcome to our new colleagues, whose talents, perspective, and expertise will contribute to the continued success of AGMA. We look forward to working with them to collectively advance our mission to support and empower AGMA Artists across the country." Martha Kinsella (sh... Read More -->

Deadline Approaching: 2024 Basic Annual Dues

Published December 18, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

To remain an AGMA member in good standing and avoid future reinstatement fees, members should submit their dues by December 31, 2023. Invoices were sent on or around November 17. Members must remain in good standing to participate at all levels of the Union. This means staying up to date on all payments and installment plans. To engage in negotiations, vote on contracts, attend caucus or committee meetings, receive important emails, access MyAGMA, and vote, nominate, or run as a candidate in union elections, it is essential that members remain in good standing. TO SUBMIT DUES: Members currently in good standing may submit their dues online, by logging into MyAGMA and selecting the “Pay... Read More -->

Webinar Recording Available: Transitioning to General Director or Management Roles

Published December 14, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On November 6, the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus welcomed guest speaker Jonathan West, who talked about the process for members looking to transition into General Director or Management roles at companies. This presentation was recorded and is now available on the AGMA website. Members must log in to MyAGMA to access. To view: Log in to MyAGMA, select "AGMA Webinars" from the MyAGMA dropdown, and then select "AGMA Caucus Webinars." ... Read More -->

A Message from Yannick Nézet-Séguin, AGMA Relief Fund Holiday Drive Chair

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Dear Friends and Supporters of the Arts, As music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and as a conductor around the country and the world, I've collaborated with and befriended many AGMA Artists, witnessing firsthand their incredible talent and dedication. Their unwavering commitment to their craft has been a source of inspiration, and I have been fortunate to forge meaningful connections with these extraordinary individuals in our shared pursuit of the art forms we all love. So, it is with great pleasure and a sense of responsibility that I write to you today as this year’s AGMA Relief Fund Holiday Drive Chair. As we all know, the past few years have deeply affected the livelihoods of coun... Read More -->

REMINDER: Southern Central Area Meeting on December 19

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REMINDER! The Southern Central Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m. CT. Members of the Area were sent a reminder email with more information, fun eggnog recipes, and a link to register. Area meetings are an opportunity for AGMA members to come together with other local members to meet, connect, and discuss common issues. ... Read More -->

Dancers of Ballet Austin Take Steps to Unionize

Published December 13, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Artists continue to organize in 2023, as the Dancers of Ballet Austin have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director, expressed his excitement about the development, stating, "This is a significant step forward for the Dancers of Ballet Austin as they unite to strengthen their collective voice, for themselves and for the Artists that will follow them." Ballet Austin was founded in 1956 and is among the country's 15 largest classical ballet companies. In a letter addressed to the Ballet’s management, the Dancers emphasized their motivation, stating, “Our forming of a union comes from a desire to preserve the things that we value... Read More -->