AGMAzine Spotlight: AGMA President Ned Hanlon

Published January 17, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In June 2023, AGMA announced the Union's new President, Officers, and Governors. The award-winning Summer 2023 issue of AGMAzine featured interviews with President Ned Hanlon and Officers J. Austin Bitner, Brian August, Helena Brown, Antuan Byers, Eric Ferring, Andres Garcia, Katharine Goeldner, Cameo Humes, and Jennifer Wallace.  Now, as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series, we will be featuring these union leaders every Wednesday, starting with President Hanlon!  “As president, I will lead our fantastic group of Officers and Governors as we shape AGMA into a more flexible and proactive union, one that will be able to meet the challenges of the current arts industry head-on. We’ve been working on plans for the future.... Read More -->

AGMA Area Committee Elections Will Kickoff Soon

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AGMA is excited to share that it is almost time to hold Area Committee elections! On January 29, the self-nomination window will officially open for eligible members who wish to serve as a member of their Area Committee. AGMA Artists received an email today and will receive more information on that process on January 29. We encourage all AGMA members to consider becoming a bigger part of the Union! Area Committees are an essential part of AGMA. As you know, AGMA functions as a nationwide union, operating without a system of locals. Membership Areas serve as the framework for fostering connections among members across various locations. They also provide a pathway for extensive member involvement in our union. Simply put, stro... Read More -->

AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus to Host Discussion on Ageism and Vocal Health on January 29

Published January 16, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host "Navigating Ageism and Vocal Health: A Real Talk on the Complexities of Auditioning and Career Longevity" on Monday, January 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. Joining as guest speaker is Karen Brunssen, Professor of Music at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.  Professor Brunssen teaches voice and is Co-Chair of Music Performance. She is a frequent teacher, clinician, and adjudicator for organizations, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her book, The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Life Span, chronicles how changes in respiration, vibration and resonance impact realistic, age-appropriate expec... Read More -->

Ballet Austin Organizing Update

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On December 13, AGMA officially notified Ballet Austin management of its dancers’ desire to unionize. While the Company was unwilling to voluntarily recognize their artists’ union, they did agree that an NLRB election should be scheduled as quickly as possible. Today, we can announce that the Ballet Austin election will take place on January 19 at the Company’s rehearsal studios. ... Read More -->

Singers of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale Secure Unanimous Union Victory with AGMA Following NLRB Election

Published January 9, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is pleased to announce that the singers of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale (PBOC) have won their union! Two months after signing cards, the Artists have prevailed in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) mail ballot election. Given the unanimous results, PBOC management must recognize AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the Artists. "We proudly celebrate the victory of the Artists of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale,” said Sam Wheeler, AGMA’s National Executive Director. “Their triumph reflects the enduring power of collective action and the profound impact that artists can have when they join together. The addition of these exceptional s... Read More -->

Grace Period: Submit 2024 Basic Annual Dues without Late Fees by January 31

Published January 8, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The grace period for AGMA Members to submit their 2024 basic annual dues without late fees ends January 31. Invoices were sent on or around November 17. Members should submit their dues to remain an AGMA member in good standing and avoid future reinstatement fees! 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 the... Read More -->

Midwest Area Meeting on January 28

Published January 4, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Midwest Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Sunday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. CT. Members of the Area were sent an email today with information 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 -->

Staging Staff Caucus New Year Check-In on January 8

Published January 3, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

REMINDER! 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. ... Read More -->