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AGMA Releases Updated Guidance Following Termination of COVID-19 Emergency Declarations

Published May 15, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The federal government has ended the COVID-19 national and public health emergency declarations. This means that federal government agencies can treat the virus as an endemic threat to public health that can be managed through their normal authorities. It does not mean that COVID is eradicated or that there are not continuing risks to certain populations and those working in certain industries.    Today, AGMA shares with you our Updated Guidance Following Termination of COVID-19 Emergency Declarations. The AGMA Expert Medical Advisory Panel continues to recommend that AGMA signatory companies follow the guidance to keep AGMA members rehearsing and performing safely. ... Read More -->

Announcement Regarding AGMA, Central City Opera

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

Yesterday AGMA and CCO met in bargaining for more than 14 hours. We are pleased to report that we are in agreement with CCO on the main issues that had served as an impediment to an agreement. AGMA and CCO are meeting with federal mediators again on Monday, May 15, and anticipate finalizing contract language for a new CBA at that time. The solidarity displayed by the AGMA community carried and motivated our Negotiating Committee through these emotional months. We thank you for your support. We will be back in touch with other details once the agreement is finalized, including information on ratification. ... Read More -->

REMINDER: JOINT Caucus Presentation: Supporting One Another (in the Workplace)

Published May 10, 2023   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

REMINDER: This upcoming Monday, two AGMA caucuses are coming together for a special presentation! The Staging Staff Caucus and the Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host "Supporting One Another (in the Workplace)" on Monday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT. All AGMA staging staff members and AGMA choristers in good standing are encouraged to join! If you have already registered, please do not register again. Zoom details will be sent to you leading up to the event. Details: Moderated jointly by the caucus facilitators, the presentation will cover how AGMA members, specifically staging staff and choristers, can help each other in maintaining work rules and creating a safe, respectful, and supportive working env... Read More -->

Stamp Out Hunger is May 13

Published May 9, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 31st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday, May 13. Keep reading to learn how you can help fight the hunger crisis in America. Since 1993, the NALC has hosted the country’s largest one-day food drive. To participate, simply leave your donation of non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag next to your mailbox on Saturday, May 13. 200,000 Letter carriers across all 50 states will collect these food donations on May 13 and distribute them to local food banks, pantries, shelters, and churches. Donations are tax deductible. To find a food bank near you, please visit https://www.nalc.org/food. Questions? Reach out to your local letter carrier, contact y... Read More -->

Call for Submissions: AGMAzine

Published May 8, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! AGMA Artists are invited to submit a piece of writing or artwork to the upcoming issue of AGMAzine! The deadline to contribute to the Summer 2023 issue is June 30, 2023. Email submissions (word document preferred) and/or high-resolution photos/artwork (as attachments) directly to Denise Baker at dbaker@musicalartists.org. We want to capture your personal or professional stories. The upcoming issue will also feature the newly elected AGMA President, Officers, and Governors. AGMA welcomes articles (100 words to 1,000 words, or somewhere in between) from all AGMA members in good standing. Some examples of topics include: sharing what you’ve been up to personally, professionally, and cre... Read More -->

AGMA Stands in Solidarity with WGA

Published May 2, 2023   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA stands in solidarity with the more than 11,000 members of the Writers Guild of America, who began a strike today after rejecting the final offer of the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers. The WGA writers—the professionals responsible for the content produced in film and television—are fighting to make careers in their industry achievable, equitable, sustainable, and just in the face of a changing economy. This struggle is the same fight AGMA members engage in across the country to ensure that artists and creative professionals are treated with dignity and able to sustain their professional lives. On its official website, WGA has posted a picket line schedule with both east and west coast locations. We ... Read More -->

JOINT Caucus Presentation: Supporting One Another (in the Workplace)

Published   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Two AGMA caucuses are coming together for a special presentation! The Staging Staff Caucus and the Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host "Supporting One Another (in the Workplace)" on Monday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT. All AGMA staging staff members and AGMA choristers in good standing are encouraged to join! Moderated jointly by the caucus facilitators, the presentation will cover how AGMA members, specifically staging staff and choristers, can help each other in maintaining work rules and creating a safe, respectful, and supportive working environment. There will also be a discussion about how members can better represent each other on bargaining committees during negotiations. Please send any specifi... Read More -->

Workers Memorial Day is April 28

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

Every April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to honor those who have been injured or lost their lives on the job, and to organize the fight for safe jobs. We stand united to strengthen workers’ rights and protections, and demand resources and actions needed for job safety enforcement. AGMA negotiates and enforces over 65 collective bargaining agreements throughout the country, ensuring fair and safe working conditions and enhancing the quality of life of its members. Without forceful advocacy and defense of their rights, artists may be vulnerable to exploitation or illegal discrimination. Performing Artists deserve protection. They find it by unionizing with AGMA. ... Read More -->

The House Reintroduces the Bipartisan Performing Artist Tax Parity Act

Published April 20, 2023   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is ecstatic over the reintroduction of the bipartisan Performing Artist Tax Parity Act (PATPA). Reintroduced by representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Judy Chu (D-CA), PATPA would update the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) deduction by raising the adjusted gross income cap from $16,000 to $100,000 for single taxpayers and $200,000 for joint filers. This would help to ensure middle-class entertainment professionals qualify to take the QPA deduction for certain unreimbursed, work-related expenses. Read DPE’s full press release on this news here. ... Read More -->

Video Message Regarding the Ongoing Labor Dispute with Central City Opera

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

https://vimeo.com/818590517/909e90b18c This is a Video Message regarding the ongoing labor dispute with Central City Opera from National Executive Director Sam Wheeler. Sam responds directly to CCO's latest statement while providing updates on bargaining, arbitrations, and the unfortunate possibility of a work stoppage. **This video was originally intended and formatted for social media. We combined Parts 1 and 2 for the purposes of this website posting.** Feel free to share this message, and be sure to check out and engage with AGMA's social media posts. ... Read More -->