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AGMA Ratifies First Contract with Music at Westwood

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

The new contract will cover professional singers performing at concerts at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles and will be effective immediately. Los Angeles, CA (September 18, 2019) – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) announced today that the union has ratified a Collective Bargaining Agreement for the principal singers of Music at Westwood of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California.  The Church presents to the public four concerts a year of both secular and liturgical music (see https://www.westwoodpres.org/worship-music/music-at-westwood).   The new three-year agreement, the first of its kind for AGMA-covered artists, establishes market rates for concert work with significant raises over ... Read More -->

AGMA Opens Independent Investigation Into Allegations Against Plácido Domingo

Published September 6, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor to conduct the Union's investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. Today the American Guild of Musical Artists (“AGMA”) opened its own independent investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct the Union’s internal investigation. Mr. Maffeo has extensive experience conducting similar investigations on behalf of labor unions. This week the Associated Press published new disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Mr. Domingo. In the wak... Read More -->

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Plácido Domingo

Published August 13, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

***8.23.19 - AGMA Has issued an updated statement regarding the allegations raised against Mr. Domingo. To read that statement, please click here.*** Today, AGMA became aware of serious allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women against Plácido Domingo.  We have contacted our employers to demand investigations into these allegations.  Additionally, we have reached out to our members in opera companies that may have been affected to offer guidance and support.  We will continue to closely monitor this situation, making the safety of our members our first priority.  AGMA condemns all sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and commends those who come forward to report these incidents in their workplaces.  AGMA is ... Read More -->

AGMA Organizes Westwood Presbyterian Church Music Group in Los Angeles

Published July 23, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Professional artists performing at Music of Westwood concert events at Westwood Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles have chosen AGMA as their exclusive bargaining representative Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2019) – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is proud to announce today that it will now represent the principal singers of Music at Westwood, of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.  Based on the unanimous vote of support of its singers, Music at Westwood, the musical non-profit choral concert group at Westwood Presbyterian Church, has voluntarily recognized AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the artists for concert performances.  We applaud this decision by the organization, and acknowle... Read More -->

AGMA Leadership Conference Held in National Office

Published July 16, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

From June 24through June 27, 2019, AGMA’s Leadership convened its annual conference in New York City.  Approximately 17 AGMA Officers, Areas Chairs, Committee Chairs and representatives from around the country met to discuss and review various topics, goals and objectives.  Throughout the conference, AGMA staff presented updates regarding on-going projects and new initiatives.  The leadership group revised and refined a priorities list that had been generated during a previous conference. Among the topics analyzed were the following: Membership: an overview of policies and procedures Health and Retirement Funds: an update from Executive Director Derek Davis Public Relations: a presentation by Christine Dusek of 10K ... Read More -->

Industry Night with American Ballet Theatre

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

In appreciation of the return of American Ballet Theatre's collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera this spring, ABT is pleased to offer a special Industry Night Discount for all members of their affiliated unions. Members will need to present a current Membership card at the Box Office. We hope to see you at the ballet! Industry Night with American Ballet Theatre at the Met Opera House The Sleeping Beauty Friday, July 5 at 7:30pm$59 (plus fees) in Orchestra Prime, Balance, and Rear Side* Limit two tickets per person. Subject to availability. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office Window or over the Phone at (212) 362-6000. An active membership card required for purchase. ... Read More -->

AGMA Elects New President, Officers and Governors

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

On Friday, American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) held a mail ballot election pursuant to its Constitution.  Global Election Services (GES) certified the election results, which were accepted and approved May 20, 2019 by AGMA's Board of Governors. The following officers were elected:  President - Raymond Menard; Treasurer - J Austin Bitner; Recording Secretary – Louis Perry; First VP - John W. Coleman;  Second VP - Elizabeth Sciblo; Third VP – Teresa Reichlen; Fourth VP – Jane Shaulis; Fifth VP – Samuel Schultz. Nineteen Governors comprised of Soloists, Choristers/Actors, Dancers, and Production Personnel were also elected throughout the country in a record setting voter turnout. President Menard, Production ... Read More -->

2019 National Election Ballots Have Been Mailed

Published April 23, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Members: Please look out for the official AGMA voting ballot in your mailbox.  Hard copies of the ballots were sent to your last reported address on April 22, 2019 and should be arriving shortly (please note there is no option for voting electronically).  If you do not receive a ballot by May 1, 2019, please contact Global Election Services at helpdesk@voteges.com or call 1-800-864-1263 to request a replacement ballot. Members have until May 10, 2019 to request that a replacement ballot be sent to them. For any questions about the election, please login to MYAGMA at www.musicalartists.org and click on MYAGMA – 2019 National Election (or email elections@musicalartists.org).   ... Read More -->

New York City Ballet Arbitration Decision

Published April 19, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

After a careful review of the facts, one of the country’s top arbitrators has decided to reinstate Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro to the New York City Ballet. Mr. Catazaro has decided not to return to City Ballet. The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) exists to ensure the rights of all our members are protected—that includes those who report harassment in the workplace as well as those who have been subject to unjust termination. This was a complicated situation. We pursued this case because it's important to us that your employer is prevented from taking extreme and potentially career-ending action based on non-criminal activity in your private life. We are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure you have ... 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 -->