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AGMA Ratifies 5-Year Agreement with Ballet Hispánico

Published September 12, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Ballet Hispánico was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 5-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Compensation:10% increase in Year 1 for senior level dancers, with 2% - 5% increases for other levelsIncreases of 3% (Y2), 2.5% (Y3), 3% (Y4), 3.5% (Y5) for all levelsHistoric increases in other wages including Delegate Fee, Extraordinary Risk, Artistic Emergency Rehearsal, Free Day, Overtime rate, Penalty rateSignificant increases to meal money The addition of a new bi-annual bonus structure Addition of 1% matching retirem... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies FIRST Agreement with Ballet Idaho

Published September 11, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The FIRST collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Ballet Idaho was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this FIRST 3-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Established minimum weekly compensation that increases each year New: Seniority Pay of $10 per week per year. Comprehensive Extended, Sick, Personal, Jury Duty, Bereavement, and Parental Leave Secured current practice of Physical Maintenance Program and Comp Tickets/Vouchers Added Extraordinary Risk Pay Secured no work on standard national holidays including Juneteenth. Secured adequate number of pointe shoes... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Philadelphia Ballet

Published September 7, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Philadelphia Ballet was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Wage increases of 4%, 4%, 3%, and 3% with an additional 1% annual salary paid out as a COVID Return Recognition Bonus by January 31, 2024 (resulting in a first-year increase of 5%) Significant increases in apprentice wage rates Improvements in PBII and Apprentice progression to corps Increases in choreographer fees and royalties (and language making it clear that choreographers may negotiate above these minimum rates) I... Read More -->

Coming Up: “Addressing the Pipeline: The Next Generation of Staging Staff”

Published September 6, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Register Today! REMINDER! The Staging Staff Caucus invites all AGMA Staging Staff members to its next meeting on Monday, September 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET for an in-depth discussion on the staging staff pipeline. Industry experts, including Stage Manager Jean Egdorf of The Open Stage Project, will present and discuss "Addressing the Pipeline: The Next Generation of Staging Staff" to AGMA Staging Staff members. AGMA members with connections to training programs will share their successes and guidance on how other institutions can create similar programs and insight on how to better support and uplift professionals from underrepresented groups. This presentation and discussion will not be recorded, so attendance is encouraged.... Read More -->

Labor Day Message from AGMA Leadership

Published August 31, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On this auspicious Labor Day weekend, AGMA honors all of the Union’s members who illuminate our lives with their talents. There are so many ways to be an AGMA member. First and foremost is to work to enliven this industry with your incredible artistry. We are a union of Artists who have come together to fight for one another and to raise our voices in unison so that we can achieve sustainable careers in the performing arts. Every Artist who works to improve the opera, ballet, and concert industries, to make our workplaces safer, more equitable, and more livable, makes it possible for their colleagues and the next generation of artists to do what they love, so we thank you for your commitment to your colleagues, your union, and... Read More -->

Staging Staff Caucus Announces “Addressing the Pipeline: The Next Generation of Staging Staff”

Published August 29, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Register Today! The Staging Staff Caucus invites all AGMA Staging Staff members to its next meeting on Monday, September 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET for an in-depth discussion on the staging staff pipeline. Industry experts, including Stage Manager Jean Egdorf of The Open Stage Project, will present and discuss "Addressing the Pipeline: The Next Generation of Staging Staff" to AGMA Staging Staff members. AGMA members with connections to training programs will share their successes and guidance on how other institutions can create similar programs and insight on how to better support and uplift professionals from underrepresented groups. This presentation and discussion will not be recorded, so attendance is encouraged. Held over... Read More -->

Join AGMA at the NYC Labor Day Parade

Published August 23, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA members in the New York and surrounding areas are invited to walk with AGMA leadership, staff, and fellow members in the 2023 NYC Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 9! The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. ET at Fifth Avenue & 44th Street. RSVP by September 7 so AGMA can plan for your arrival and make sure we have enough AGMA buttons to go around. AGMA's meeting location is East 44th Street between Madison Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue. Please arrive around 9:15 a.m. ET to get organized. Members who have AGMA swag are encouraged to wear it to the parade! ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Los Angeles Master Chorale

Published August 21, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Los Angeles Master Chorale was approved by AGMA leadership last month, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Wage Increases:6% increase to all rates for 23-24 season3% increase to all rates for 24-25 season3% increase to all rates for 25-26 season 3% increase to all rates for 26-27 season 1.2% increase to retirement contributions (parity with the AFM bringing the new contribution rate to 12.1%) Expansion of paid sick leave to include an accrual of up to 6 paid services New Paid Bereavement Leave Signi... Read More -->

National Day of Solidarity on August 22

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

In cities across the country, the labor movement is coming together on Tuesday, August 22, for a National Day of Solidarity. The AFL-CIO has organized an amazing opportunity for AGMA members and our sibling unions to mobilize and stand in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) across five major cities, simultaneously. There will be either a picket line action or rally in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia. If you are available, please consider joining an event in one of these cities! AGMA will most definitely have a presence in our national headquarters city of New York but know other AGMA Areas will be represented across all... Read More -->

Artists of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir Join AGMA

Published August 10, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

8/10/2023 – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is pleased to announce that the Artists of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir have voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionizing with AGMA. Since its formation over six years ago as the resident choral ensemble of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir has rapidly established itself as the premier chorus for symphonic works, drawing some of the best choral singers from the region and the country. “Many of us join a choir for the sense of community it provides, and it’s inspiring how this community has shown up for each other time and time again through this arduous process," the unionizing artists said in a statement. "It’s been a long road, bu... Read More -->