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AGMA’s December Newsletter

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

Happy New Year! AGMA’s last newsletter of 2021 was delivered to AGMA members in good standing on December 23. Members should check their spam and/or promotions/other folders. It covered a number of topics, including 2022 basic annual dues, the conclusion of Area Committee Elections and Referendum, our Omicron Guidance, the December Board Meeting, and more. As always, members can review ALL of AGMA’s past newsletters by visiting the newsletter archive behind the portal. ... Read More -->

AGMA National Office Holiday Hours

Published December 22, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

As we continue to live through this challenging time, it is hard to believe another new year is just around the bend. In observance of the upcoming holidays, the AGMA National Office will close at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 23, and reopen Monday, January 3, 2022. For assistance, please contact your AGMA Staff Representative. AGMA, alongside our expert medical advisory board, is prepared to continuously monitor the state of the pandemic and will remain vigilant in ensuring safe workplaces for all AGMA Artists. While the last (nearly) two years have been incredibly challenging both physically and emotionally for many of us, we hold tight to our hope for the return of better, safer, and healthier days. Happy new year to all.... Read More -->

AGMA Releases Emergency Guidance on Omicron Surge

Published December 21, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This guidance was emailed to AGMA companies and AGMA members today. This Emergency Guidance addresses the recent, dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases in many AGMA companies resulting from the Omicron variant. These guidelines are especially important for companies currently in the midst of holiday performances, such as The Nutcracker and other holiday concerts. While much about the Omicron variant remains unknown, AGMA’s Expert Medical Advisory Board anticipates a rapid increase in positive cases over the next few weeks. To continue performing, the Medical Advisory Board recommends that companies and Artists take the following steps found in this guidance. Open Guidance As always, AGMA’s goal is the safety and succes... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Sacramento Ballet

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

AGMA is happy to report that Sacramento Ballet’s new collective bargaining agreement was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There are many gains in this contract. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language including EXTENSIVE sections on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Harassment Prevention; Holidays; Compensation; Medical Coverage; Sick/Disability/Personal/Maternity Leaves; and more. Some of the language is available below. AGMA wishes to thank the negotiating committee for your hard work on this 3-year agreement. AGMA members can access all CBAs on the Union's website (MyAGMA login required). ... Read More -->

AGMA Announces Results of Area Committee Elections and Referendum

Published December 17, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Area Committee Elections have concluded, and the results are now available! Members can review all the Area Committee rosters on AGMA's brand-new Area webpage. Thank you to all AGMA members who self-nominated for their willingness to serve their fellow union members. Congratulations to all the new Area Committee members! In addition to the Area Committee Election, a non-binding referendum vote of all AGMA members in good standing was conducted to understand whether the majority of AGMA's membership wants AGMA to make political endorsements in future elections that might have a significant impact on workers, unions, artists, or the arts. The majority of AGMA members who voted are in support of AG... Read More -->

Preliminary Statement on Omicron Variant

Published   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA’s expert medical panel is evaluating the Omicron Variant and will release updated national guidance soon. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of AGMA members have remained the Union's top priority. ... Read More -->

December 15 Deadline: Referendum and Area Committee Election

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

Today AGMA members in good standing received an email reminder regarding Area Committee Elections and the non-binding referendum vote. The deadline is tomorrow, December 15, by 6:00 p.m. ET. Of the nine AGMA Areas, two resulted in contested races: New York and Southern California. As a result, these two Areas received a ballot to vote on their contested seats on December 8. The remaining seven AGMA Areas had no contested races for seats. So, those who self-nominated within those seven areas have been automatically elected to the Area Committee without the need for a vote! Members in good standing of the Mid & South Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and Southern Central Areas received emails with... Read More -->

Information on 2022 AGMA Basic Annual Dues

Published   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This message was emailed to members in good standing earlier today. Dear AGMA Artists: As we continue to live through this challenging time, it is hard to believe the new year is just around the bend. Everyone at the American Guild of Musical Artists is elated and relieved to see the safe return of in-person productions and we are cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. AGMA, alongside our expert medical advisory team, is prepared to continuously monitor the state of the pandemic and will remain vigilant in ensuring safe workplaces for all AGMA Artists. With the arrival of a new year comes the time to remit your 2022 AGMA Basic Annual Dues. This week you will be receiving your 2022 Basic Dues Statement. With union approval ... Read More -->

AGMA Announces New Employees

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

AGMA is ecstatic to formally introduce to you the newest members of AGMA’s professional staff. “AGMA has added four business representatives and a visa consultant to its team,” said Leonard Egert, National Executive Director of AGMA. “The business reps will help the Union increase outreach and education as well as provide support to our negotiators across the country. The visa consultant is responsible for reviewing non-immigrant work visa petitions and issuing Advisory Opinion Letters for international artists coming to perform in the United States. Please join me in extending a heartfelt welcome to these new staff members.” Brieanna Frye (she/her) joins us as one of the New York Business Representatives.&nbs... Read More -->