Juneteenth Message from AGMA President Ned Hanlon

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

As we commemorate Juneteenth, we honor a watershed moment in American history—the final liberation of enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. This day not only signifies freedom but also underscores the enduring resilience and contributions of Black individuals throughout our nation's history. That enduring resilience and those contributions are deeply apparent in the performing arts industry, mirroring our society at large.

We are proud to say that, in recent years, AGMA artists have achieved significant gains in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (I.D.E.A.) across many of our contracts, and our artist leaders in the Board of Governors and Caucuses, like the AGMA Black Caucus, have shaped bargaining priorities to include a significant focus on I.D.E.A. values.  Yet, we recognize that much work remains.

In our current world especially, it is essential for us to educate ourselves about our country's complex history to avoid repeating past injustices. Together, we – artists – are the performing arts industry. It is up to us to drive progress. So, on this Juneteenth, this Emancipation and Jubilee Day, we commemorate the freedom of Black Americans and are reminded that we must continue advocating for the systemic change that will ensure our industry embodies the inclusivity and equity that everyone deserves.

Solidarity forever!

Ned Hanlon

AGMA President