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Reminder: Ask Us Anything Staging Staff Caucus Panel on July 10

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

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will host its first PUBLIC meeting Monday, July 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET. For those who might not know, the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is made up of AGMA Directors, Choreographers, Stage Managers, and all their Associates and Assistants, so this event is open to both AGMA members and non-members who work in those Staging Staff roles across the dance and opera/concert industries. The evening will feature an “Ask Us Anything” panel made up of AGMA Directors, Choreographers, and Stage Managers. Participants will also be able to ask exploratory questions; for example, a theatre Stage Manager might want to ask a dance Stage Manager what their day-to-day is like. AGMA members: feel free... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 1-Year Agreement with Seattle Opera

Published July 3, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Seattle Opera was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 1-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: 3% increase to fees and compensation retroactive to 10/1/22 Negotiated rates for artist participation in promotional/fund-raising events are now fully covered by the Agreement Upfront payment of all per diem and minimum payments for all Principals upon arrival With no obligation to pay back if contract is canceled by SO or artist for any reason All promotional media activity is now considered an “Artist Service” to be ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Musica Sacra

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

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Musica Sacra was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Wage increases of 3% in Year 2 and 3% in Year 3 to performance fees and hourly rehearsal rates; Increased media fees in Years 2 ($80) and 3 ($85) Increased studio recording fees in Years 2 ($260) and 3 ($270) Increase subcontracting rates in Years 2 (3%) and 3 (3%) Increased radio broadcast fees ($160) in exchange for expanded radio broadcast rights Modernized CBA throughout document to include use of electronic contracts,... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Los Angeles Opera

Published June 28, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Los Angeles Opera was approved by AGMA leadership, after being ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS PRINCIPAL ARTISTS Advance payments for Principal Artists Addition of a compensated Principal Delegate  Fee breakdown provided PRODUCTION STAFF Improved working conditions Additional guaranteed prep time for Tier 2 productions  Reduction in hours before OT CHORISTERS Maintaining preferred hiring percentages for Choristers while also lowering some barriers for newer and traditionally underrepresented artists Annual increa... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Martha Graham Dance Company

Published June 27, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Martha Graham Dance Company 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: New seniority-based wage scale including bumps at regular intervals, some up-front payments, in addition to annual wage/seniority increases totaling up to 20+% over term of agreement $1,500 signing bonus Payment for visa processing up to $3,500 per dancer $20/per day meal allowance during New York Season Increase in seniority payments, per diem, and other fees Addition of one more guaranteed week Streamin... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Published June 26, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Wage increases over 3-year term: 3% - 4% - 3% Increases in seniority pay Increased delegate fee from $45 to $60 Increased short-term disability from 45% to 60% of weekly rate $100 social media takeover for each takeover New streaming provisions including normal waiver protections, including negotiated fees, 30 days advance notice, revenue sharing where appropriate, Artist and AGMA credit, l... Read More -->

REMINDER: The Next AGMA Black Caucus Meeting is June 27

Published June 22, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus (ABC) will host their second National Meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, June 27, at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT). All Black AGMA Artists are encouraged to participate! This meeting will focus on looking back at the 22-23 season as it comes to a close and looking ahead toward the 23-24 season.  Interested in becoming more involved with the ABC? The facilitators will share the Caucus bylaws and information on facilitator elections during this meeting. Registration is required to receive the Zoom details. Register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again! ... Read More -->

Public Meeting Announced by Staging Staff Caucus

Published June 20, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will host its first PUBLIC meeting Monday, July 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET. For those who might not know, the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is made up of AGMA Directors, Choreographers, Stage Managers, and all their Associates and Assistants, so this event is open to both AGMA members and non-members who work in those Staging Staff roles across the dance and opera/concert industries. The evening will feature an “Ask Us Anything” panel made up of AGMA Directors, Choreographers, and Stage Managers. Participants will also be able to ask exploratory questions; for example, a theatre Stage Manager might want to ask a dance Stage Manager what their day-to-day is like. AGMA members: feel free... Read More -->

Today is Juneteenth

Published June 19, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today is Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The tragic reality was it took more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation for the last enslaved people to be freed - in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is a day for reflection. At AGMA, we thank 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 industries. We also acknowledge the work yet to be done and recommit ourselves to finding and implementing ways in which AGMA Artists can use their collective power to unlearn and dismantle racism inside our industries. We must use AGMA’s power and resources to combat inequality and oppre... Read More -->

“Intro to AGMA” Orientation and Informational Webinar on June 28

Published June 14, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA will again host “An Intro to AGMA," a live new-member orientation and informational webinar, on Wednesday, June 28. AGMA Members are welcome to join the webinar at 10:00 a.m. ET or 9:00 p.m. ET on June 28. The webinars will be the same, so members should select whatever time works best with their schedule. The estimated running time of the webinar is 30-45 minutes. “An Intro to AGMA” will cover everything from the history of AGMA and its structure, to the basics of joining AGMA, to why workers form unions and how they create collective power. The webinar will be presented by Griff Braun, AGMA's National Organizing Director. This is open to all AGMA members in good standing, from brand-new members to members who... Read More -->