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AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Contract with San Francisco Ballet

Published November 23, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is happy to report that San Francisco Ballet’s new collective bargaining agreement was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Let’s celebrate gains! There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language including sections on Digital Media; Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access; and Harassment Prevention. Thank you to the negotiating committee for your hard work on this 3-year agreement. ... Read More -->

AGMA Caucus Webinars Page Now Live

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

AGMA is excited to unveil the AGMA Caucus Webinars Webpage! (MyAGMA login required.) AGMA encourages and embraces participation at the member level. Various member groups have organized and formed official AGMA caucuses to help bring to light areas of concern that a particular group might have. Current AGMA caucuses include the AGMA Black Caucus, the AGMA Dancers Caucus, the AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus, and the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus. On this page, you will find webinars (and related documents) that were hosted by the caucuses. To access the page, log into MyAGMA and visit the “AGMA Webinars” main page. From there, members can select “AGMA Caucus Webinars.” Happy viewing! ... Read More -->

Self-Nomination Instructions for Area Committee Elections

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

The AGMA Area Committee Elections have officially kicked off. AGMA members interested in serving on their AGMA Area Committee must be in good standing and complete the self-nomination form that was emailed to them on November 18. The forms are also on the website, in each Area's section, along with more Area-specific information (MyAGMA login required). All forms are due by no later than November 30, 9:00 p.m. ET. Late submissions will not be accepted. Since Area Committees function best with members who really want to serve, nomination forms cannot be completed for another member—and will not be counted. Electronic ballots and related election materials will be emailed to AGMA members in good standing in each Area at the start of ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Earns its First Award

Published November 16, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMAzine, the Union’s long-standing publication, has earned a Gold Award in the 2021 MarCom Awards. The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies, and freelancers. AGMA was recognized for its 2021 Winter issue of AGMAzine entitled “The New Frontier”. In this jam-packed issue, stories of creativity and perseverance were featured. Through interviews and personal essays, a number of AGMA Artists provided touching stories about how their lives have changed throughout the pandemic. ... Read More -->

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 -->