AGMA Staging Staff Caucus to Host “Inclusion Strategies for Staging Staff”

Published June 14, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is thrilled to welcome back both Narda E. Alcorn, Professor, and Stage Manager, and Lisa Porter, Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of California and Stage Manager. On Monday, June 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT they will facilitate the discussion “Inclusion Strategies for Staging Staff.” Narda and Lisa will discuss Staging Staff's role in building an equitable and compassionate production culture with adaptable practices and resources. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to attend! Please register here. ICYMI: Back in June 2021, the two experts led a caucus discussion on race, equity, and the unique role of staging staff within the production process an... Read More -->

Union Night at Yankee Stadium on July 29

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The New York Yankees will be celebrating union members and hosting a “Union Night” at their July 29 game vs. Kansas City. AGMA members and their families qualify for a special offer for this night that includes 20-45% discounted tickets, a commemorative Union Night t-shirt, as well as a complimentary hot dog and beverage. Tickets can be purchased here. *AGMA highlights public Union Nights that are brought to our direct attention. Please check your favorite team's website to see if they are hosting a Union Night as well!* ... Read More -->

OCCC announces June 27 meeting on Chorister Bargaining Priorities

Published June 13, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Opera and Concert Chorister Caucus invites all AGMA Choristers to its next meeting on Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. This is a very important meeting, as it will focus on “Chorister Bargaining Priorities.” Whether you sing in an opera chorus, a concert choir, or a symphony chorus, it’s vital your voice be heard on the issues that are important to you. On or around June 20, a Bargaining Survey will be emailed to AGMA Choristers in good standing. The OCCC encourages members to complete this anonymous survey! Submissions will help guide the June 27 discussion and the survey results will be reviewed during the meeting as well. All AGMA Choristers in good standing are encouraged to attend! Register here. ... Read More -->

NEA and NEH Announce They will Hire Chief Diversity Officers

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

Today, the NEA and NEH announced that they will each create Chief Diversity Officer positions within their organizations. "This is a win for creative professionals and their unions who have advocated for the establishment of these positions because we know diversity is a strength." [continue reading] ... Read More -->

Time-Sensitive Audition Opportunity! SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker 

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SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 13 Please email Mungioli Theatricals is currently casting SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker. AGMA members' tapes will be downloaded and viewed first, and in-person appointments will be prioritized. You must note that you are an AGMA member in good standing. This is a SELF-TAPE REQUEST. In-person auditions will be by callback from video submissions. Audition Instructions and Materials can be found in the Dropbox folder at the following link:  Please submit the following via EcoCast by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 13:  1) Vertical fu... Read More -->

Join AGMA’s Trans and Non-Binary Forum

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

Representation and visibility are important. AGMA’s Membership and Member Relations Committee (MMRC) invites all trans and non-binary artists and allies to an initial conversation about how AGMA can better represent and support our trans and non-binary members and colleagues. Participants do not need to be members of AGMA to join! So please share this information with your non-union colleagues working in opera, choral performance, and ballet/concert dance! This conversation will be held over Zoom, we will poll for a date. Tim Smith, MMRC Chair, will moderate the conversation. To join the Trans and Non-Binary Forum, please email by Friday, June 17. ... Read More -->

In Solidarity: Local 802 AFM Announces June 6 Rally

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AGMA stands in solidarity with DCINY Orchestra Musicians of Local 802 AFM Attend the Rally in front of Carnegie Hall June 6, 6:00 p.m. ET Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a for-profit company, is holding concerts at Carnegie Hall and is NOT offering its musicians professional employment standards, including health benefits, retirement payments, recording or streaming payments, proper rest breaks, and job security. They are trying to replace the professional orchestra – musicians who have played this gig for 10 years  – and replace them with other musicians and a high school ensemble. This means the orchestra is essentially locked out and is fighting for a fair contract. If a full, profe... Read More -->

AGMA Celebrates Pride Month

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

AGMA is proud to be a union with incredible LGBTQIA+ members. June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, take stock of the progress we’ve made toward equality, and assess the work still to be done.  This year, we must recognize that, all across the country, there is a concerted and coordinated effort to roll back hard-fought freedoms for the LGBTQIA+ community and to attack the liberty and dignity of transgender and gay youth, in particular. In-state legislatures across the country there are hundreds of bills, some already enacted, that represent an all-out attack on the LGBTQIA+ community.   Governments across the country, notably in Texas and Florida, aim to deprive LGBTQIA+ individuals of t... Read More -->

REMINDER! AGMA Black Caucus Roundtable Discussion on June 6

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The AGMA Black Caucus is holding a “21-22 Season in Review” Roundtable Discussion on Monday, June 6, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. This roundtable discussion will focus on returning to the stage in the 21-22 season. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to participate in this conversation. Register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to June 6. ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Ballet West

Published May 31, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Ballet West was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to compensation, including a signing bonus. A number of other beneficial gains, like an increase in paternity/spouse/partner leave, are also included. Note: Current Side Letter agreements regarding anti-harassment and discrimination, and DEI have been extended to cover this new CBA. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: A singing bonus for all Artists returning or joining for the 22-23 season of $7... Read More -->