AGMA Staging Staff Caucus Announces First Meeting of the New Year

Published January 10, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will meet on Monday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/600 p.m. PT. The first meeting of 2022 will serve as a mental and emotional checkpoint. A number of topics will be covered in this safe space, including current interests, exciting new projects, and the difficult obstacles of the last two years, as well as the challenges and opportunities that will be found in the days ahead. The Caucus will raise the following discussion questions: What is the state of the staging staff at the start of 2022?How can we help each other and our colleagues?What should we talk about next? Please register here. ALL AGMA staging staff in good standing are encouraged to attend! The Zoom details in the days leading u... Read More -->

AGMA’s Update on Omicron Guidance

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

1/6/2022 - This update was also emailed to AGMA members and signatory companies today. Open Update Today, AGMA shares an update to the emergency guidance that we issued on December 21, 2021. ICYMI: AGMA issued an Emergency Guidance on Omicron Surge to help AGMA Artists and companies continue live performances – especially holiday performances. We know this was a challenging time for many of you and that breakthrough infections occurred. Many AGMA companies, however, were able to complete their holiday productions with these extra safeguards in place.  We write now to update and reinforce the AGMA Expert Medical Advisory Board’s recommendations. We encourage AGMA Artists and companies to adhere to these guidelines... Read More -->

Chorister Caucus to Welcome Back Vocal Health Industry Experts on January 10

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

The Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus (OCCC) is excited to welcome back two industry professionals for another discussion on vocal health on Monday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Like the special presentation in October, all AGMA Singers are invited to attend! Join the multidisciplinary clinicians from the NYU Langone Voice Center, Dr. Paul Kwak (laryngologist) and Dr. Aaron Johnson (speech-language pathologist), as they discuss a number of topics including strategies for healthy marking, issues relating to the larynx across various stages of life, and how sleep deprivation affects the voice. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Please register for this exciting evening here. Zoom details w... Read More -->

AGMA’s December Newsletter

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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

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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 -->