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AGMA Releases State of the Union Presentation to Membership

Published January 25, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On Monday, January 22, 2024, AGMA President Ned Hanlon, National Executive Director Sam Wheeler, National Organizing Director Griff Braun, and Director of Communications Alicia Cook delivered a State of the Union report to the AGMA Board of Governors at its monthly meeting.   It was recorded so the entire membership could be made aware of the many achievements of 2023, as well as learn more about what can be expected in 2024.  To access the members-only recording, log in to MyAGMA and choose "AGMA Webinars" from the MyAGMA dropdown menu.  ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: Choristers, Actors, and Staff Performers Vice President Helena Brown

Published January 24, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In June 2023, AGMA announced the Union's new President, Officers, and Governors. The award-winning Summer 2023 issue of AGMAzine featured interviews with President Ned Hanlon and Officers J. Austin Bitner, Brian August, Helena Brown, Antuan Byers, Eric Ferring, Andres Garcia, Katharine Goeldner, Cameo Humes, and Jennifer Wallace. Now, as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series, we will be featuring these union leaders every Wednesday. Today, we spotlight Helena Brown, AGMA's Choristers, Actors, and Staff Performers Vice President. “I first ran for the Board two years ago to be a high vibe force for good while constantly being at the table and involved nationally. As your Officer, I will continue to favor action over perfecti... Read More -->

REMINDER: AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus Discussion on Ageism and Vocal Health on January 29

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The AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host "Navigating Ageism and Vocal Health: A Real Talk on the Complexities of Auditioning and Career Longevity" on Monday, January 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. Joining as guest speaker is Karen Brunssen, Professor of Music at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.  Professor Brunssen teaches voice and is Co-Chair of Music Performance. She is a frequent teacher, clinician, and adjudicator for organizations, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her book, The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Life Span, chronicles how changes in respiration, vibration and resonance impact realistic, age-appropriate expec... Read More -->

REMINDER: Midwest Area Meeting on January 28

Published January 23, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Midwest Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Sunday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. CT. Members of the Area were sent a reminder email today with information and a link to register. Area meetings are an opportunity for AGMA members to come together with other local members to meet, connect, and discuss common issues. ... Read More -->

AGMA Announces Unanimous Union Victory for Dancers of Ballet Austin

Published January 19, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is pleased to announce that the dancers of Ballet Austin have won their union! Just over one month after coming forward with their campaign, the Artists have prevailed in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election. Given the unanimous results, Ballet Austin management will recognize AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the Artists. "Congratulations to the dancers of Ballet Austin on their incredible NLRB election win," said Sam Wheeler, AGMA's National Executive Director. "You're AGMA Artists now! This victory not only strengthens your shop but also amplifies the collective power of all AGMA dancers. You're now a part of something bigger than yourselves. Here's ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies Four-Year Contract with Santa Fe Opera

Published January 18, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Santa Fe Opera was approved by AGMA leadership on December 11, 2023, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee, and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS: Compensation/per diem increases:3% for first year**2% for Production Staff, who requested to redistribute their increase to bring the base pay up for newly covered Production Assistants3% in the second year3% in the third year​ 3.25% in fourth year 35% upfront payments for per performance Principal Artists upon arrival ​ Increase to contributions in lieu of health care of 3% in each year ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: AGMA President Ned Hanlon

Published January 17, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In June 2023, AGMA announced the Union's new President, Officers, and Governors. The award-winning Summer 2023 issue of AGMAzine featured interviews with President Ned Hanlon and Officers J. Austin Bitner, Brian August, Helena Brown, Antuan Byers, Eric Ferring, Andres Garcia, Katharine Goeldner, Cameo Humes, and Jennifer Wallace.  Now, as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series, we will be featuring these union leaders every Wednesday, starting with President Hanlon!  “As president, I will lead our fantastic group of Officers and Governors as we shape AGMA into a more flexible and proactive union, one that will be able to meet the challenges of the current arts industry head-on. We’ve been working on plans for the future.... Read More -->

AGMA Area Committee Elections Will Kickoff Soon

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AGMA is excited to share that it is almost time to hold Area Committee elections! On January 29, the self-nomination window will officially open for eligible members who wish to serve as a member of their Area Committee. AGMA Artists received an email today and will receive more information on that process on January 29. We encourage all AGMA members to consider becoming a bigger part of the Union! Area Committees are an essential part of AGMA. As you know, AGMA functions as a nationwide union, operating without a system of locals. Membership Areas serve as the framework for fostering connections among members across various locations. They also provide a pathway for extensive member involvement in our union. Simply put, stro... Read More -->

AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus to Host Discussion on Ageism and Vocal Health on January 29

Published January 16, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host "Navigating Ageism and Vocal Health: A Real Talk on the Complexities of Auditioning and Career Longevity" on Monday, January 29, at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. Joining as guest speaker is Karen Brunssen, Professor of Music at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University.  Professor Brunssen teaches voice and is Co-Chair of Music Performance. She is a frequent teacher, clinician, and adjudicator for organizations, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her book, The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Life Span, chronicles how changes in respiration, vibration and resonance impact realistic, age-appropriate expec... Read More -->

Ballet Austin Organizing Update

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On December 13, AGMA officially notified Ballet Austin management of its dancers’ desire to unionize. While the Company was unwilling to voluntarily recognize their artists’ union, they did agree that an NLRB election should be scheduled as quickly as possible. Today, we can announce that the Ballet Austin election will take place on January 19 at the Company’s rehearsal studios. ... Read More -->