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Illinois Artists! Tell Your Legislators: Dedicate ARP Funds to Illinois’ Struggling Creative Sector

Published March 8, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The pandemic is not over for the Arts. The Illinois Arts Alliance is asking Performing Artists of Illinois to send a letter urging state legislators to dedicate $300 million of the $5.3 BILLION the state received in American Rescue Plan funds over the next three years to the Illinois creative sector. The letter is all set up for you in Action Center already and you can personalize it if you wish! https://artsalliance.org/action-center/ ... Read More -->

TWO-PART FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR Announced by Opera & Concert Choristers Caucus

Published March 7, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

A two-part financial planning seminar will be hosted by the Opera & Concert Choristers Caucus on Monday, March 21, and Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Attending both parts of this complimentary and informative series is highly encouraged. All AGMA Singers in good standing may register for both (or just one) of the sessions here. The OCCC will be joined by Cameron Rahmani, Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual, on March 21, and by Tyrone Dinneen, Financial Advisor, on March 28, who will build upon the first seminar’s foundation. Both presenters will be outlining different key subjects, such as the importance of planning for the future, how to protect assets, and retirement options. There will be time for a Q... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: Hurricane Ida Journal Entries Shared by Julie Condy

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AGMA Governor and New Orleans resident Julie Condy lived through Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Sixteen years to the day since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Hurricane Ida arrived. In the Fall 2021 issue of AGMAzine, she shared her experience. We are so pleased to highlight this once more as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series. August 28, 2021 It's nearly August 29 and time for another major hurricane in New Orleans.  Sixteen years ago, we were still using flip phones and Facebook was a toddler. It took days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina to find out information on the New Orleans Opera Chorus and our family and friends.  Back then, my house in New Orleans was flooded in the great man-made flood thanks to s... Read More -->

ORDER FOUR MORE FREE COVID-19 TESTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT

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Starting this week, U.S. households can order four more free COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government. A notice on the USPS COVID test kit order page states U.S. households “will be able to place a total of two separate orders for free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests (four tests per order).” Whether you previously placed an order during the first round or not, the steps to place an order this time around are the same. Visit https://special.usps.com/testkits, fill out your name and address, and hit “Check Out Now.” Tests ship at no cost to you! NOTE: If you did not place an order before and wish to order all eight tests at once, you won’t be able to get eight tests in a single package — you’ll likely have to go through t... Read More -->

California COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Still Accepting Applications

Published March 4, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund is still accepting applications.  The State of California has extended additional funds to help more income-eligible households impacted by a COVID-19 related hardship avoid eviction by helping pay their unpaid rent and utilities.  Tenants and Landlords can apply here: Housingiskey.com or by calling 1-833-430-2122. For additional eviction prevention information (in English and Spanish), please view this document. For rent relief application assistance, please contact racquel@homeownershipsf.org or call 415-799-4926, or info@homeownershipsf.org or call 415-202-5464. ... Read More -->

“ORGANIZING 101” OCCC Presentation Recording Now Available

Published March 3, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

New webinar alert! We are happy to share that the "Organizing 101" presentation hosted by the Opera & Concert Chorister Caucus is available for viewing! On March 2, AGMA's National Organizing Director Griff Braun joined the OCCC as special guest speaker. The presentation focused on the opportunities and the challenges of organizing choruses, choirs, and opera companies. To access the recording, members must log in to MyAGMA and visit the “AGMA Webinars” main page, accessed from the MyAGMA dropdown menu or the Document Library. From there, members can select “AGMA Caucus Webinars.” Happy viewing! ... Read More -->

Announcing New Fellowship Programs, Organizing at the Metropolitan Opera

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

AGMA is happy to announce that we have expanded our bargaining unit at the Metropolitan Opera! Starting in the 2022-2023 season, Stage Manager Fellows and Stage Director Fellows will be a part of our AGMA family at the Metropolitan Opera. Applications are currently being accepted, with a deadline of March 15. Developed by AGMA members Paula Suozzi and Theresa Ganley, and facilitated by AGMA President Ray Menard, these fellowship programs provide supervised, hands-on experience to early-career stage managers and directors. The fellowships, sponsored by Bank of America, were designed and conceived by AGMA Artists to provide tangible opportunities for individuals who come from backgrounds often underrepresented in the opera industry. E... Read More -->

Happy Women’s History Month from AGMA

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This year's Women's History Month theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." To celebrate Women's History Month, AGMA will be highlighting Artists and Organizations (past, present, and future) on our Facebook and Instagram stories that provide both healing and hope. We'll create a story highlight on Instagram so they can be revisited beyond the 24 hour mark. Every Monday of the month, we will publish a new AGMAzine Spotlight that features the amazing women of AGMA! ... Read More -->

ICYMI: AGMA’S February Newsletter

Published February 28, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA’s February 2022 newsletter was delivered to AGMA members in good standing on February 23. (Check spam or promotions/other tab!) It covered a number of topics including AGMA staff updates, grants that might interest members, Black History Month, and a recap of the February Board of Governors meeting. Upcoming AGMA Caucus meeting dates and a reminder to check out the new Contract Summaries for AGMA Opera Soloists webpage were also included in the robust communication. As always, members can review ALL of AGMA’s past newsletters by visiting the newsletter archive behind the MyAGMA portal. ... Read More -->

Action Alert! The House votes TODAY on the CROWN Act

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Action alert! The House votes TODAY on the CROWN Act, legislation that will help end race-based hair discrimination, a pillar of our shared Policy Agenda for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industries. Call your U.S. Representative and urge a YES vote on this important policy that will help make our industry more inclusive.  ... Read More -->