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Join AGMA’s Trans and Non-Binary Forum

Published June 6, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Representation and visibility are important. AGMA’s Membership and Member Relations Committee (MMRC) invites all trans and non-binary artists and allies to an initial conversation about how AGMA can better represent and support our trans and non-binary members and colleagues. Participants do not need to be members of AGMA to join! So please share this information with your non-union colleagues working in opera, choral performance, and ballet/concert dance! This conversation will be held over Zoom, we will poll for a date. Tim Smith, MMRC Chair, will moderate the conversation. To join the Trans and Non-Binary Forum, please email mmrc@musicalartists.org by Friday, June 17. ... Read More -->

In Solidarity: Local 802 AFM Announces June 6 Rally

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AGMA stands in solidarity with DCINY Orchestra Musicians of Local 802 AFM Attend the Rally in front of Carnegie Hall June 6, 6:00 p.m. ET Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a for-profit company, is holding concerts at Carnegie Hall and is NOT offering its musicians professional employment standards, including health benefits, retirement payments, recording or streaming payments, proper rest breaks, and job security. They are trying to replace the professional orchestra – musicians who have played this gig for 10 years  – and replace them with other musicians and a high school ensemble. This means the orchestra is essentially locked out and is fighting for a fair contract. If a full, profe... Read More -->

AGMA Celebrates Pride Month

Published June 1, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is proud to be a union with incredible LGBTQIA+ members. June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, take stock of the progress we’ve made toward equality, and assess the work still to be done.  This year, we must recognize that, all across the country, there is a concerted and coordinated effort to roll back hard-fought freedoms for the LGBTQIA+ community and to attack the liberty and dignity of transgender and gay youth, in particular. In-state legislatures across the country there are hundreds of bills, some already enacted, that represent an all-out attack on the LGBTQIA+ community.   Governments across the country, notably in Texas and Florida, aim to deprive LGBTQIA+ individuals of t... Read More -->

REMINDER! AGMA Black Caucus Roundtable Discussion on June 6

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The AGMA Black Caucus is holding a “21-22 Season in Review” Roundtable Discussion on Monday, June 6, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. This roundtable discussion will focus on returning to the stage in the 21-22 season. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to participate in this conversation. Register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to June 6. ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Ballet West

Published May 31, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Ballet West was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to compensation, including a signing bonus. A number of other beneficial gains, like an increase in paternity/spouse/partner leave, are also included. Note: Current Side Letter agreements regarding anti-harassment and discrimination, and DEI have been extended to cover this new CBA. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: A singing bonus for all Artists returning or joining for the 22-23 season of $7... Read More -->

AGMA’s May Newsletter is Here

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AGMA's May 2022 Newsletter was emailed to AGMA members in good standing on May 26. (Members should check their spam/promotions/other folders!) Highlights include: how to join AGMA’s Trans and Non-Binary Forum; information on AGMA and SDC’s new partnership, The Actors Fund name change to the Entertainment Community Fund, our recent union organizing webinars, CBA highlights, and the Student Loan Forgiveness Program; and a recap of the May Board Governors Meeting. As a reminder, members can review ALL of AGMA’s past monthly newsletters by visiting the Newsletter Archive on the website (MyAGMA login required). ... Read More -->

WEBINAR ALERT! Union Organizing Webinars Now Available

Published May 24, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

WATCH Earlier this month, AGMA hosted two free and public webinars, "Organizing the Opera World" and “Organizing the Dance World.” These webinars were designed for those who have yet to form a union, so please feel free to share with your non-union friends! The webinars focused on union organizing – what it is, how it’s done, who the decision-makers are, and why the opera and dance worlds would be better, safer, and stronger if all artists in the United States unionized and became AGMA artists. Special thanks to Board members Helena Brown, Brian August, Eric Ferring, Daniel Pratt, and Corey Bourbonniere for their participation. A note of thanks also to Sarah Daley-Perdomo, one of AGMA's delegates for her participatio... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Cincinnati Opera

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The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Cincinnati Opera was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Let’s celebrate some gains! There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to Principal Artists, Staging Staff, and Young Artists; DEI; compensation and reimbursements; and updated language regarding dues deductions and individual artist agreements, including the use of digital contracts. HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS 3% increase in Year 1 (which includes the 2022 summer season)3% increase in Year 22% increase in Year 3Compensation for commercial recording projectsIncreased retirement contribution rates,... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Announces June 6 Roundtable Discussion

Published May 23, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus is excited to host “21-22 Season in Review” on Monday, June 6, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. Join the AGMA Black Caucus for a roundtable discussion on returning to the stage in the 21-22 season. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to participate in this conversation. Register here. The Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to June 6. ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Houston Ballet

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The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Houston Ballet was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to compensation; I.D.E.A. and anti-harassment provisions; and a number of other beneficial gains. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: Year 1: flat-rate increase of $50.03/week for each Artist(Equivalent to between 2.75% and 8.5% varied by rank)Year 2: 3% for all ranksYear 3: 3.5% for all ranksYear 4: 3.5% for all ranksSignificant increases (20%) to Artists as Choreographer compensationStage Ma... Read More -->