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Important Change to the Met AGMA Tentative Agreement

Published June 3, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We are writing with an update on the Met/AGMA Tentative Agreement (TA). The Met AGMA Negotiating Committee heard the concerns of the AGMA soloist community, particularly concerning reductions going beyond the term of the agreement. After hearing soloists’ feedback, the Committee returned to the Met and expressed its continued opposition to this part of the Tentative Agreement. The Met AGMA Negotiating Committee was able to modify the Tentative Agreement in order to prevent reductions in compensation for per performance soloists beyond July 31, 2025. Further, any contracts after that date will not be subject to any contractual reductions. No other changes were made to the TA beyond this major gain, which ensures that soloists’ reduc... Read More -->

AGMA National Election Results

Published June 1, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA National Election has concluded, and today AGMA's election vendor, Global Election Services, tabulated the ballots. The results of the election are now available below, as well as on the National Election webpage (MyAGMA login required). The official Board roster on the AGMA website will be updated to reflect these results later today. AGMA wishes to thank all its members who voted and made their voices heard in this important election.  Congratulations to AGMA's newly-elected and returning Board of Governors members, and thank you to all candidates for their interest in serving on the Board. AGMA members' continued participation in the Union's democracy makes AGMA better and stronger.   ... Read More -->

Reminder: AGMA Dancers Caucus Meeting is June 1

Published May 26, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

REMINDER! The next meeting of the AGMA Dancers Caucus is on Tuesday, June 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET. There is still time to join the conversation! All AGMA Dancers in good standing are encouraged to attend the Zoom meeting. If you haven't done so already, register here. The AGMA Dancers Caucus serves as a forum where AGMA Dancers come together to discuss and share goals and aspirations, and lend support to fellow Dancers and other AGMA members through communicating with each other and the union's elected leadership. Please email dancerscaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

AGMA, SDC Release Special Guidance on Vaccinations and Testing

Published May 24, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

5/24/2021 -- Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) has been to get our members back to work as soon, safely, and responsibly as possible. The Expert Medical Advisory Board we retained has addressed the unique risks of singing, speaking loudly, engaging in strenuous physical activity, and doing these activities in close physical proximity to others. All four (4) versions of the AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook, and the Special Surge Guidance issued in December 2020, carefully crafted the protective measures these experts believed were needed, at that stage of the pandemic, to mitigate the very rea... Read More -->

Reminder: The Next AGMA Black Caucus Meeting is Wednesday

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REMINDER! The next AGMA Black Caucus (ABC) meeting is Wednesday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET. There is still time to register! All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details leading up to the meeting, register here. Please email BlackCaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

Met/AGMA Tentative Agreement Info Session for Met Artists Announced

Published May 18, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Met AGMA Negotiating Committee invites you to the  Met/AGMA Tentative Agreement Info Session #ArtistsForABetterMet on Monday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. ET News of a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Opera was announced on May 11. All AGMA Artists in good standing who were contracted at the Met since September 2018 or have contracts at the Met for future seasons are encouraged to join our info session on this tentative agreement on Monday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Registration is required to receive the Zoom details leading up to the event. The deadline to register is Monday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. ET. This info session is designed to:  Describe the process (Why we bargained early, what the Me... Read More -->

Reminder: AGMA Staging Staff Caucus Meeting is May 20

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

The May meeting of the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is fast approaching! If you haven't done so already, please register if you plan to attend our meeting on Thursday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Zoom codes will be sent leading up to the meeting.  All AGMA Stage Directors, Assistant Stage Directors, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Choreographers, and Fight Directors in good standing are encouraged to join! The meeting will cover: COVID-19 and Summer FestivalsContract comparison / summaries The Caucus is looking for individuals working this summer to share their company's COVID-19 guidelines, and how Staging Staff will be involved. If you're an AGMA member working at a non-signatory company this summer, you're still wel... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Meeting on May 26

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The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details in advance of the meeting, register here. ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published May 11, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Met AGMA Negotiating committee is pleased to announce a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Opera. The bridge pay agreement remains in effect for Met Artists during this time. We will begin our ratification process on May 24 and have more details to share with you. The preparation for this process began in Summer 2020, during the hardest time of our lives and careers. Now, we are filled with hope as we see New York City coming back to life. We are so excited to return to a better, safer, more equitable Met and see our beloved audience again. We built a better Met and we believe many of the terms in this agreement will change our industry for the better. The positive messages from the AGMA community carried and motivated... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published May 10, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Last week the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee continued to secure industry-changing gains and improvements while fiercely maintaining that cost-cutting measures must never threaten the livelihoods of the Artists of the Met. This week, with your continued support, we will stand firm during another week of bargaining. We will not waver in our goal to build a better and more equitable, more sustainable, and more Artist-driven Met. As always, we will be back in touch soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ned Hanlon, Negotiating Committee Chair, at ehanlo@gmail.com, Eastern Counsel Sam Wheeler, swheeler@musicalartists.org, or any of your delegates and committee members. In solidarity, Your Met AGMA N... Read More -->