What’s Been Happening at Central City Opera?

Published December 6, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA publishes letter that was sent to the CCO Board of Directors that went unanswered. For anyone reading this who may not be aware, AGMA represents the singers (including apprentices), dancers, stage managers, stage directors, and other artists at Central City Opera (CCO). CCO was a founding company of AGMA; our institutions have worked together since the 1940s. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between AGMA and CCO expired in August 2022, and we are in the midst of negotiating a new CBA. At the moment, though, our path forward in negotiations is questionable due to the recent actions of CCO, under the current leadership of Pamela A. Pantos. To say it’s been a contentious experience would be an understatement. Several... Read More -->

2023 AGMA Basic Annual Dues Deadline Approaching

Published December 5, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA members may now submit their 2023 basic annual dues. Invoices were sent on or around November 18. To remain an AGMA member in good standing, and avoid future reinstatement fees, please submit your dues! This upcoming year is also an ELECTION YEAR for AGMA! In May 2023, AGMA members will elect National Officers and Governors to represent them on AGMA’s Board of Governors. In order to participate at all levels of the Union, members must retain good standing status (up to date on all payments/installment plans). This means in order to vote, nominate, or run as a candidate in union elections, engage in negotiations, vote on contracts, attend caucus or committee meetings, receive many email updates, and access MyAGMA, members must rem... Read More -->

Singers of Philadelphia Symphonic Choir Take Steps to Unionize

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12/5/2022 – Union organizing among artists continues into the month of December, as the singers of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “It is becoming more and more apparent to performing artists that standing together and speaking with one voice is the way to ensure safe, equitable, and viable careers in their industries,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. “AGMA supports the singers of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir as they seek to unionize. We applaud their display of solidarity with one another and the larger labor movement.” Since its formation six years ago as the resident choral ensemble of the Philadelph... Read More -->

AGMA’s November Newsletter

Published December 2, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA's November 2022 Newsletter was emailed to members in good standing on November 30. (Be sure to check your spam/promotions/other folders!) This month's newsletter included an important dues reminder, exciting organizing updates, some amazing contract highlights from recent ratifications, mental health resources, audition and job opportunities, a reminder to complete DANCE/NYC’s Industry Census, updates from AGMA caucuses, and a recap of the November Board Governors Meeting! As a reminder, members can review ALL of AGMA’s past monthly newsletters by visiting the Newsletter Archive on the website (MyAGMA login required). ... Read More -->

Dancers of Texas Ballet Theater Take Steps to Unionize

Published November 30, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

11/30/2022 – The wave of artists organizing across the country continues as the Dancers of Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “We are thrilled that an overwhelming majority of the dancers of this important company have come together in union. AGMA looks forward to welcoming the dancers of TBT into the community of union artists, and supporting them at every stage,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. Texas Ballet Theater was founded by Margo Dean in 1961 and is now an internationally recognized professional dance company. The Company’s roster includes 29 dancers. The Dancers have also sent their own letter to Texa... Read More -->

Today is Giving Tuesday

Published November 29, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

TODAY is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Each year Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity for friends and supporters to come together and support the AGMA Relief Fund’s longstanding mission of helping AGMA Artists in need. On Giving Tuesday, and every day, there are a number of ways you can support the AGMA Relief Fund: Donate! Make a gift of any size to the AGMA Relief Fund (tax deductible!)Encourage others to participate! Forward this link to your network of friends who love and support the ArtsSpread our message! Post about the AGMA Relief Fund on your social media channels The AGMA Relief Fund is 100% dependent... Read More -->

Dancers of Ballet Memphis Take Steps to Unionize

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

11/28/2022 - With an overwhelming majority of support, the Dancers of Ballet Memphis have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “We’re thrilled that the Dancers of Ballet Memphis have come together in union with AGMA, as so many dancers from around the country have done. These artists recognize the importance and power of having a collective voice, and AGMA is here to support their efforts every step of the way,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. Founded in 1986 by Dorothy Gunther Pugh, and based in Memphis, Tennessee, Ballet Memphis regularly performs at their midtown home, at Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Performing Arts Center, and the Orpheum The... Read More -->

SIGN THE PETITION: Stand with Actors’ Equity for a Fair Contract

Published November 23, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Actors’ Equity Association has been at the bargaining table with The Broadway League since September negotiating the contract that covers Broadway and other League-produced sit-down productions across the country. They still don’t have a deal for a fair contract. A solidarity rally was held in Times Square on Thursday, November 17. Now, they have created a petition through Action Network. AEA actors and stage managers on Broadway are fighting for fair wages and adequate increment payments; sensible rehearsal schedules and sufficient coverage for actors and stage managers; and workplace safety that covers everything from COVID safety protocols to discrimination and harassment. AGMA members can show the Broadway League that people ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Wins Second Marcom Award

Published November 22, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMAzine, the Union’s long-standing publication, has earned a Gold Award in the 2022 MarCom Awards. The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievements by marketing and communication professionals. Entries come from across all industries including corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies, and freelancers. AGMA was recognized for its 2022 Summer AGMA on the Rise issue. This is the Union’s second MarCom Award. In 2021, AGMA earned a Gold Award for the 2021 Winter issue of AGMAzine entitled The New Frontier. The magazine is put together by the Membership and Member Relations Committee (MMR... Read More -->

WATCH NOW: Health Insurance Seminar Hosted by the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus

Published November 21, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

New Webinar Alert! The recording of the Health Insurance Seminar hosted by the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus on Monday, November 14 is now available for viewing. National Director of Health Services for the Entertainment Community Fund Renata Marinaro, LMSW, served as guest speaker. She provided slides that have also been posted to the website. Marinaro has dedicated her career to counseling professionals in the entertainment and performing arts industry nationwide on healthcare coverage options. The recording and the PDF of the slides are available exclusively to AGMA members. To access, members must log in to MyAGMA and visit the “AGMA Webinars” hub (found via the MyAGMA dropdown menu). From there, members should select “AGMA... Read More -->