Spring 2019 AGMAzine Publication Postponed

Published March 25, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Due to legal concerns about compliance with federal labor law in connection with the upcoming AGMA elections, counsel has advised the union (out of an abundance of caution) to postpone the publication of AGMAzine until after the election. We have, therefore, decided to delay publication.  Please feel free to submit any additional articles, photos, etc. to Denise Baker at  Thanks for your understanding and patience.... Read More -->

Reminder: Deadline to Submit Candidate Statements and Photos

Published March 22, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Pursuant to the 2019 National Election Rules (available by signing in to MyAGMA), all candidate statements and photos must be submitted to Elizabeth Drorbaugh at on or before March 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Candidates are encouraged to submit their photos and statements as soon as possible. Candidate statements and photos received after the deadline will not be accepted.... Read More -->

AGMA Supports the Chicago Federation of Musicians and the Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Published March 11, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) fully supports the Chicago Federation of Musicians and the Orchestra at Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in their efforts to obtain a fair contract. As of today, March 11, 2019,  the CSO instrumentalists have gone on strike to obtain a fair contract and fight back against cuts that will hurt both the musicians and the quality of the artistry at CSO. AGMA members are encouraged to visit for more information and updates.... Read More -->

List of 2019 National Election Candidates Published

Published March 8, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Pursuant to AGMA’s 2019 National Election Policy, a complete list of candidates running for open seats on the Board of Governors - and a complete list of candidates for Officer Positions on the Board of Governors - has been published to our website. Please be advised that due to the technical difficulties previously alerted to this afternoon, AGMA leadership has elected to publish the candidate list to the public-facing portion of our website - ensuring that all members may access the information in a timely fashion, while the database issues are being resolved. As soon as the aforementioned technical problems are remedied, the page will then be relocated to its proper location within the 2019 National Election Portal of MyAGMA. UPDATE (3... Read More -->

AGMA Website Experiencing Intermittent Technical Difficulties

Published   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

As of this afternoon, the AGMA Membership Department began working with our third-party database vendor to resolve an issue that is intermittently affecting AGMA members’ ability to log into the MyAGMA portion of our website. We are diligently working to resolve the issue, and appreciate your patience during this time. Please stay tuned to the News portion of our website for further details - and if your issue is urgent in nature, please contact the AGMA National Office by phone at (212) 265-3687.... Read More -->

National Office Closed Due To Inclement Weather

Published March 4, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Due to the inclement weather forecast for the greater New York Metropolitan Area, AGMA's National Office will be closed on Monday, March 4th and scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, March 5th. Please check back for further information, as National Office staff will continue to monitor the forecast.... Read More -->

AGMA Installs New President

Published March 1, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (March 1, 2019) – Today, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), installed its new President, John Coleman, following the resignation of James Odom from the position. President Coleman moves into his new role per the Union’s constitution which provides that the First Vice President assumes the duties of the President upon resignation. Currently, a full-time Stage Manager at Lyric Opera of Chicago, President Coleman becomes the first Stage Manager to hold the position. “AGMA has been a part of my life for 30 years as an Artist, Delegate, and Vice President. The membership can count on AGMA’s Board of Governors and Staff to vigorously represent their interests. I am honored and look forward to serving as AGMA’s... Read More -->

The Actors Fund Announces 2019 Career Transition for Dancers Grant Program

Published February 22, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Actors Fund is pleased to announce the Career Transition For Dancers grant program for 2019, plus a remote orientation process beginning February 28th, 2019. New this spring, dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000) are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly national dancer orientation. All da... Read More -->

Important Reminder For 2019 Candidate Petitions and Slate Declarations

Published February 21, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

If you are seeking to be run for office in the upcoming AGMA election, completed petitions must be returned on or before March 1, 2019 to Elizabeth Drorbaugh at the National Office either in person, by regular mail or by email to or by facsimile to 212-262-9088, and must include the signed acceptance of the candidate where indicated on the petition. Petitions received after the deadline will not be accepted, and only petitions on the official form prepared by the National Office will be accepted. In addition, fully completed Slate Declaration Forms (if applicable) are due by March 1, 2019. No member is permitted to be nominated as a candidate to more than one position during this election. All information ... Read More -->

A Statement from AGMA President James Odom

Published February 18, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

From AGMA President James Odom Dear Colleagues, The last twelve years have been the most fulfilling of my life.  Serving as AGMA’s President has been an honor beyond my ability to express.  It has been a true privilege to meet so many of you – some in person, some virtually – as I have participated in contract negotiations and attended area meetings and served with so many in the elected leadership. However, all things come to an end.  At the regularly scheduled meeting of AGMA’s Board of Governors, I resigned my position of President of AGMA, effective March 1, 2019.  In accordance with the provisions within AGMA’s Constitution, First Vice President John Coleman will assume the office of President until the new Presi... Read More -->