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Special Delegate Training Hosted by the AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus

Published November 15, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

REMINDER! A special Delegate Training Session will be hosted by the AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus (OCCC) on Monday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. ET. All AGMA choristers in good standing are invited to attend this important training and discussion! To register, visit here. Those who have already registered, do not need to do so again. The Zoom will be sent in the days leading up to the event. Whether AGMA choristers are current delegates, interested in becoming a delegate, or just want to learn more about how they can support their fellow Artists and colleagues in the workplace, this meeting will give them the tools they need to be more effective advocates. Following the presentation, there will be a time for a Q&A.... Read More -->

AGMA Staging Staff to Host “Technology for Staging Staff”

Published November 12, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus invites all AGMA Staging Staff members to a special presentation on technology with industry expert Matthew Stern on Tuesday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Members can register for this exciting presentation here. ALL AGMA staging staff in good standing are encouraged to attend and will receive the Zoom details in the days leading up to the event. Dance and opera companies are being revolutionized through the use of modern technology, and we want to learn more. This presentation will cover technology and computer programs used by staging staff. Stage Manager Matthew Stern founded the Broadway Stage Management Symposium and ran Tech Fridays during a portion of the pandemic wher... Read More -->

AGMA Releases Updated Guidance on Testing/Masking for Dancers

Published November 4, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) released an Updated Guidance on Masking/Testing for AGMA Dancers. This Updated Guidance is directed to AGMA dancers, dance companies, and opera company dancers when they are rehearsing separately. The purpose of this Guidance is to allow vaccinated dancers, in some circumstances, to remove masks during rehearsals if the company implements a robust COVID-19 testing program. As always, any proposed changes to existing safety protocols at AGMA signatory companies must be bargained with your AGMA staff representative prior to implementation. AGMA will continue to address opera and choral company requests for limited unmasking of singers on a case-by-case basis. Most AGMA sig... Read More -->

NEXT WEEK: Dancers Caucus Hosts Presentation led by NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Published October 27, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Dancers Caucus will host "A Biopsychosocial Look at Returning to the Studio" on Monday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will be led by William Zinser, MS, ATC, CSCS, Athletic Trainer at NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.  This presentation/workshop is beneficial in relation to returning from pandemic shutdowns as well as returning from injury, pregnancy, or any other reason for returning to the studio. There is still time to register! All AGMA Dancers in good standing are encouraged to attend! Those who have already signed up, do not need to do so again. Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to the presentation. Register here. More about the Presentation:NYU Langone’s Harkne... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus POSTPONES October Meeting

Published October 20, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus has postponed its October 25 meeting. The ABC will be back later this autumn! In the meantime, Black AGMA Artists may reach out to blackcaucus@musicalartists.org. The ABC will be in touch with more information soon and looks forward to its next meeting. Thank you! ... Read More -->

Ballet Idaho Dancers Take Steps to Unionize

Published October 19, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

With an overwhelming majority of support, the Dancers of Ballet Idaho have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “With union approval rates higher than they’ve been in decades, workers are recognizing the great protections and benefits that come with being a part of a labor union. We are thrilled to support the Dancers of Ballet Idaho as they begin this journey, and we look forward to a collaborative and fruitful working relationship with the management of the Company,” said Griff Braun, Director of Organizing and Outreach at AGMA. AGMA has officially notified Ballet Idaho management and is hopeful that the Company will voluntarily recognize the Union. The Company has until close of... Read More -->

Mental Health Resources from The Actors Fund

Published October 14, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Actors Fund has licensed clinicians available to industry professionals and their families to help them cope with and provide ongoing support services for issues like work and personal stress, anxiety, depression and life transitions. Visit this link for a full listing of all The Actors Fund has to offer AGMA Artists, including referrals, and upcoming workshops and other related programs! ... Read More -->

Dancers Caucus Announces Discussion led by NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Published October 13, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Dancers Caucus will host "A Biopsychosocial Look at Returning to the Studio" on Monday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The discussion will be led by William Zinser, MS, ATC, CSCS, Athletic Trainer at NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. All AGMA Dancers in good standing are invited. Please register for this exciting evening here. You will receive the Zoom details in the days leading up to the event. You don’t want to miss this! Many dancers are fortunate to be back in the studio, with new safety protocols in place. With that, many questions may arise about the challenge of reconditioning both our bodies and our minds and the changes we may find in our workplaces. In addition, many dancers struggle wi... Read More -->

AGMA Health Fund Releases Video and Materials Related to Upcoming Health Care Plan Changes

Published October 8, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

As a reminder, the Health Fund is a separate entity from AGMA, with its own staff and Trustees. Information is available on the AGMA Health Fund website. Please reach out to the Fund Office at 212-765-3664 or info@agmaretirement-health.org with any questions. 10/8/2021 – The AGMA Health Fund has concluded its run of info sessions that highlighted the upcoming changes to the AGMA Health Plan that will go into effect on January 1, 2022. The Health Fund has notified AGMA that a recording of an info session is available for viewing as well as presentation materials. Eligible participants in the AGMA Health Plan are encouraged to watch the recording and review the materials ahead of the open enrollment period that runs from November 1-3... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Meeting October 27

Published October 7, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details in advance of the meeting, register here. Please email BlackCaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->