9/23/2021 - In the past few weeks, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and our Expert Medical Advisory Board have received many requests for guidance about productions involving children under age twelve (12) who are not currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. This is an especially urgent concern for AGMA signatory ballet companies that depend on successful Nutcracker runs to meet annual financial goals.
Many AGMA ballet companies are casting only vaccinated children, a best practice we encourage. We recognize, however, that this may not be possible for all companies. Accordingly, this Special Guidance is intended for productions involving unvaccinated children.
As always, AGMA’s goal is the safe and successful return of our artists and our companies.
Note: For all other productions not involving young children, please refer to AGMA’s Guidance on the COVID-19 Delta Variant that was released on August 3, 2021. The masking, vaccination, and testing scenarios contained in the August 3 Guidance remain in place, especially as many parts of the country continue to experience high rates of virus transmission, hospitalization, and death from the Delta variant.
The guidance was also emailed to AGMA members and AGMA signatory companies.