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AGMA and Metropolitan Opera Begin Negotiations

Published April 23, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Metropolitan Opera have begun negotiations for a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement; The current agreement expires on July 31, 2018. AGMA is coordinating bargaining with Local 802, American Federations of Musicians. AGMA represents Soloists, Choristers, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Stage Directors, Assistant Stage Directors, Dancers, Choreographers, and Staff Performers. Local 802 represents the Orchestra, Associate Musicians and the Music Staff at the Metropolitan Opera.... Read More -->

New AGMA Logo

Published February 14, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA Has a New Look! A great deal of time and effort has gone into creating this new design with you, the members, in mind.  While beloved, the AGMA Lady is not as clear or recognizable as we would like AGMA to be.  After much discussion, it became more and more obvious that AGMA needed a logo that is clear, clean, easily read, while being current and up-to-date.  AGMA deserves a logo that says, “these are the dancers, singers and opera people.” Our goal was to create a refreshed, updated, and clearly recognizable identity that reflects the values and traditions of AGMA.  The design firm we engaged heard us and delivered a look that shows AGMA as unified, inclusive, strong, organized, professional and trusted. The new lo... Read More -->

Alvin Ailey Dancers Boycott Gala at Kennedy Center

Published February 7, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (February 7, 2018) –  Artists of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater boycotted the company’s annual gala reception at the Kennedy Center last night based on management’s failure to adequately address the group’s substandard wages and benefits. The dancers and stage managers, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), began negotiations in December for a new collective bargaining agreement, with the current one expiring on May 31st, 2018. Leonard Egert, National Executive Director of AGMA, stated “It is very concerning that Ailey’s Artists, predominately African-American dancers, earn much less than dancers at comparable companies with similar or even smaller budgets.  Management needs to prompt... Read More -->

American Ballet Theatre and American Guild of Musical Artists Reach Tentative Agreement

Published January 30, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (January 30, 2018) –  American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the internationally acclaimed ballet company based in New York City, concluded an overall tentative agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the national union representing about 90 dancers and stage managers at the Company. The new three-year agreement, subject to approval by the AGMA Board of Governors, includes annual wage increases and an increase in retirement contributions for the artists, among other modifications. The chief negotiator for AGMA was its New York Area Dance Executive, Griff Braun. “We are very pleased to successfully conclude these negotiations and I know that these dedicated Artists are now looking forward to embarking on ... Read More -->

American Ballet Theatre Artists Vote to Authorize Strike

Published January 19, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (January 19, 2018) –  The Artists of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the internationally renowned ballet company, overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Eighty (80) Dancers and Stage Managers, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), took the vote as negotiations stalled.  The Artists have been bargaining with ABT management since late April of 2017 for a new three-year agreement.  Among other issues, the group is seeking to improve retirement contributions which were completely eliminated for one year, then cut in half - from 7.5% to 3.75% - during the recessionary period beginning in 2008.  Artists are now seeking modest increases in the contribution rate to... Read More -->

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published January 12, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AGMA offices will be closed on Monday, January 15th and will reopen on Tuesday, January 16th.... Read More -->

Union Plus Scholarship Program

Published January 8, 2018   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

The 2018 Union Plus Scholarship — Start Your Application Today! Last year, 106 union members, their spouses and dependent children were awarded $150,000 in Union Plus Scholarship, ranging from $500 to $4,000, The Union Plus Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to organized labor's values. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. The application deadline for the 2018 Union Plus Scholarship is January 31, 2018. Register at the scholarship application site and start your online application today. You can return as ma... Read More -->

AGMA Office Closing & New Applications

Published December 22, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA offices will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd through January 1, 2018.  Enjoy the holidays and have a Happy New Year! For artists interested in joining AGMA before January 1st, 2018, you may still join at the lower initiation fee of $500.00 if you send in your completed application (available on our website here) by email to membership@musicalartists.org, fax to 212-262-9088, or by regular mail and it is received on or before December 31st, 2017 (or postmarked by 12/31/17). In order to apply the lower initiation fee, you will need to include payment with your application, or make your payment no later than January 31, 2018. Please note, the 2018 basic dues are $100.00 and payable with your application but no later ... Read More -->