The American Guild of Musical Artists has lost a bright light. Alan Gordon, AGMA’s National Executive Director, died New Year's Day in New Hampshire—a fitting time and place of departure for one of the labor movement’s most independent, iconoclastic, and forward-looking leaders.
As National Executive Director of AGMA, representing the most accomplished singers, dancers, and stage production staff at opera and dance companies throughout the United States, Mr. Gordon was a strong and dedicated visionary—fearless and unrelenting in protecting the rights of union members.
When Mr. Gordon assumed the helm in 2000, the union was financially unstable and struggling to effectively represent its members. As a result of his work over the last 15 years AGMA contracts are now stronger, members are now consistently well represented, and the union’s financial situation is secure. By pushing boundaries and upturning conventional thinking to confront the many challenges faced by labor and by the Artists represented by AGMA, Alan Gordon set the highest standard for effective union representation, and we have all benefited immensely from his leadership.
Thank you Alan Gordon. Your legacy is secure.
For more information, you can read his official obituary in the New York Times.