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AGMA UPDATES AND RESOURCES FOR MEMBERS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

Published March 4, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Updates & Resources

3/27/2020 CARES Act

The House passed the CARES Act by voice vote and the President signed the bill into law. AGMA played an important part in the advocacy for this bill, working with the Department for Professional Employees (DPE) and our sister unions to demand COVID-19 relief benefits for our members. READ MORE.

3/23/2020 Dance Artists National Collective Comprehensive Resources

Dance Artists National Collective has collected a great deal of resources. We encourage AGMA members to review their page.

3/20/2020 AGMA’s Response to COVID-19 Fallout

Read full statement from AGMA president and national executive director here.

3/20/2020 Arts, Entertainment, and Media Unions Call on Policymakers to Protect Media Workers in Emergency Relief Packages

Read full statement here.

AGMA Relief Fund Application Process is Now Completely Online

AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer the AGMA Relief Fund nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. To best serve artists, you can now complete the process online.

*UPDATED 3/20/2020* Union Plus Member Resources

Any Union Plus members can find a list of benefits available to workers through various Union Plus programs, as well as its updated "When the Paycheck Stops" manual, which provides information on surviving unemployment and includes a link to its labor liaison network and labor agencies.

Join the #AGMAendures Campaign

It would be difficult to find an AGMA member who has not been affected by the coronavirus crisis. Tell us your stories. Make it personal. You have the truth on your side and have trained all your lives to tell stories. Submissions will be published across social media and on AGMA’s website. Read submission details.

Important AGMA updates to Visa process

Important changes to AGMA's visa process have been announced. Read more.

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package. Read on for more details.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR's NEW GUIDANCE ON UNEMPLOYMENT

According to U.S. Department of Labor's press release: Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide UI benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where: (1) An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work; (2) An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and (3) An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member. In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.


AGMA COVID-19 Memos


AGMA Relief Fund

CORONAVIRUS & AGMA RELIEF FUND: How to help fellow AGMA members in need, or how to receive assistance:

Announced 3/19/2020: To best serve artists, the AGMA Relief Fund application process has moved completely online, making the process more seamless and efficient. Any AGMA members who have already applied for financial assistance do not need to apply again.

Before you begin, make sure you have:

  • A copy of your current membership card or confirmation by Union membership department (email membership@musicalartists.org and put "Proof of Membership" in subject line) – including end date (you must be current through December 2020)
  • Most recent bank statement (not printout from ATM)
  • Current lease or mortgage/maintenance

ANNOUNCED 3/25/2020: Through April 3, due to the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on our members, the AGMA Relief Fund will temporarily double the cap of financial assistance available to AGMA members in need.

AGMA is aware of the major effects resonating in the performance sector regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work and money due to theatre closures and travel restrictions. We know that many of our artists, especially soloists, travel extensively and have been affected by this crisis. We want to let you know that we are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and are doing what we can to prepare for its potential impact on our industries. AGMA is having the appropriate conversations with our employers on how we can maintain business continuity, and related issues if an outbreak becomes more severe.

Any AGMA member in good standing is entitled and encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the AGMA Relief Fund. Please visit agmarelief.org to begin the application process. Grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on need.

The AGMA Relief Fund depends on the generosity of many to assist our members in need. If you would like to donate, please click the PayPal button below, or contact AGMA directly. Please note in the memo/note field, or over the phone, that your donation is to benefit those affected by the coronavirus.* 95% percent of funds go directly to financial aid for AGMA colleagues in times of crisis.

Wire Transfers to AGMA Relief Fund

Information for wire transfer to AGMA Relief Fund from outside USA:

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
BIC : BKTRUS33
A/c# 42938566
I/N/O:AGMA Relief Fund

Information for wire transfer to AGMA from within USA:

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
ABA#021001033
A/c# 42938566
I/N/O AGMA Relief Fund

Deutsche Bank address:

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
60 Wall Street 14th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Please mention your name in wire transfer information in order to get proper credit.


The AGMA Relief Fund is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, administered by The Actors Fund. All contributions are tax-deductible.

This message was written in part by a group of AGMA soloists.

*Any remaining donated funds, if/when the coronavirus is eradicated, will enter the main Relief Fund pool to be used where needed most.


Resources for AGMA Members - Updated 3/18/2020

  • Read the memo that was sent to all signatory companies
  • AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resource page (updated daily)
  • AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer the Relief Fund as well as to provide comprehensive social services. Most notably, the Actors Fund has a financial wellness program available to AGMA members.  Rebecca Selkowe (rselkowe@actorsfund.org) is the contact person who can best assist you. She is an amazing, trustworthy financial coach. Also, the Actors Fund has a “Budgeting Nuts and Bolts” program.  The program’s classes are usually in-person, but will be moving to remote access in the next few weeks too
  • Mental Health services and referrals are offered to eligible AGMA members through The Actors Fund
  • One of the benefits of being an AMGA member is Union Plus, which has a unique Hardship Help program. Find out if you're eligible here
  • COVID-19 and Freelance Artists Resource Page
  • Creative Capital resources are "open to artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals"
  • Comprehensive list of resources for artists. Based on eligibility
  • NY government resources

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC: What the public should do (infographic)

World Health Organization (WHO)

OSHA

YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Coordination with federal, state and local health officials is strongly encouraged for all businesses so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses in each location where their operations reside. Since the intensity of an outbreak may differ according to geographic location, local health officials will be issuing guidance specific to their communities.

For your information below are some key local health departments’ coronavirus pages.