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Reminder: OCCC Bargaining Priorities Meeting on June 27

Published June 20, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Important meeting reminder! The OCCC meeting on June 27 will focus on Chorister Bargaining Priorities. Whether you are an artist that sings in an opera chorus, a concert choir, or a symphony chorus, it’s vital your voice be heard. Today around 1:00 p.m. ET, the OCCC emailed all AGMA Choristers in good standing a bargaining priorities survey to complete ahead of the meeting. This short survey will help the OCCC better understand how AGMA choristers around the country feel on a variety of issues. The results of this survey will be discussed at the June 27 meeting and will inform the OCCC's recommendation to the Board of Governors regarding nationwide chorister bargaining priorities. If you are an AGMA Chorister in good standing a... Read More -->

Juneteenth Message from AGMA

Published June 19, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Juneteenth is the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The tragic reality was it took more than two years from when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation for the last enslaved people to be freed - in Galveston, Texas - on June 19, 1865.  We must use AGMA’s power and resources to combat inequality and oppression in our industries and our society. Racism and discrimination are safety issues; they make our workplaces dangerous and tear at the fabric of solidarity that binds us together. Juneteenth is a day for reflection. At AGMA, we give thanks for the leadership, energy, and vision of our Black members, who have led the way as our union has worked to confront systemic racism in our industr... Read More -->

AGMA President Delivers Remarks at AFL-CIO Convention

Published June 17, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

A year after receiving an AFL-CIO direct charter, President Ray Menard and AGMA Governor Evelyn Santiago attended the 29th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia as union delegates. This marks the first time since 2005 that AGMA had a delegate presence at the conference, which is held every four years. The AFL-CIO is a federation of 57 unions and 12.5 million members. At the Convention, Liz Shuler was elected AFL-CIO President alongside Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond, both making history as the first woman and the first African American to hold office in their respective roles. President Joe Biden spoke at the Convention as well. The Convention ran from June 12 until June 15. According to the AFL-CIO website, “ele... Read More -->

Union Night at Dodger Stadium on August 5

Published June 15, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Come out to Dodger Stadium on August 5 for Union Night! AGMA members are entitled to a special event ticket package which includes a ticket to the game and an exclusive Union Night promotional item. All ticket package purchases include a $1.00 donation to Labor 411 Educational Foundation. More information on this public Union Night can be found here. *AGMA highlights public Union Nights that are brought to our direct attention. Please check your favorite team's website to see if they are hosting a Union Night as well!* ... Read More -->

Stage Managers of Des Moines Metro Opera Unionize, Join AGMA

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The American Guild of Musical Artists is pleased to report that the stage managers of Des Moines Metro Opera have unionized with AGMA, joining other top national opera companies in the country. “The stage managers of Des Moines Metro Opera thank DMMO management for voluntarily recognizing our union with AGMA,” read a statement from DMMO stage managers. “We believe this collaborative partnership will continue to flourish as we bargain our first AGMA contract. We are incredibly supportive of the growth of Des Moines Metro Opera in recent years and join with everyone at DMMO in celebrating our 50th anniversary season.” DMMO agreed to voluntarily recognize the Union upon a successful card check. On Friday, June 3, a... Read More -->

AGMA Staging Staff Caucus to Host “Inclusion Strategies for Staging Staff”

Published June 14, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is thrilled to welcome back both Narda E. Alcorn, Professor, and Stage Manager, and Lisa Porter, Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of California and Stage Manager. On Monday, June 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT they will facilitate the discussion “Inclusion Strategies for Staging Staff.” Narda and Lisa will discuss Staging Staff's role in building an equitable and compassionate production culture with adaptable practices and resources. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to attend! Please register here. ICYMI: Back in June 2021, the two experts led a caucus discussion on race, equity, and the unique role of staging staff within the production process an... Read More -->

Union Night at Yankee Stadium on July 29

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The New York Yankees will be celebrating union members and hosting a “Union Night” at their July 29 game vs. Kansas City. AGMA members and their families qualify for a special offer for this night that includes 20-45% discounted tickets, a commemorative Union Night t-shirt, as well as a complimentary hot dog and beverage. Tickets can be purchased here. *AGMA highlights public Union Nights that are brought to our direct attention. Please check your favorite team's website to see if they are hosting a Union Night as well!* ... Read More -->

OCCC announces June 27 meeting on Chorister Bargaining Priorities

Published June 13, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Opera and Concert Chorister Caucus invites all AGMA Choristers to its next meeting on Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. This is a very important meeting, as it will focus on “Chorister Bargaining Priorities.” Whether you sing in an opera chorus, a concert choir, or a symphony chorus, it’s vital your voice be heard on the issues that are important to you. On or around June 20, a Bargaining Survey will be emailed to AGMA Choristers in good standing. The OCCC encourages members to complete this anonymous survey! Submissions will help guide the June 27 discussion and the survey results will be reviewed during the meeting as well. All AGMA Choristers in good standing are encouraged to attend! Register here. ... Read More -->

NEA and NEH Announce They will Hire Chief Diversity Officers

Published June 8, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today, the NEA and NEH announced that they will each create Chief Diversity Officer positions within their organizations. "This is a win for creative professionals and their unions who have advocated for the establishment of these positions because we know diversity is a strength." [continue reading] ... Read More -->

Time-Sensitive Audition Opportunity! SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker 

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SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 13 Please email sugarhillnutcrackercasting@gmail.com Mungioli Theatricals is currently casting SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker. AGMA members' tapes will be downloaded and viewed first, and in-person appointments will be prioritized. You must note that you are an AGMA member in good standing. This is a SELF-TAPE REQUEST. In-person auditions will be by callback from video submissions. Audition Instructions and Materials can be found in the Dropbox folder at the following link: https://bit.ly/3mo0d0F  Please submit the following via EcoCast by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 13:  1) Vertical fu... Read More -->