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Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published May 11, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Met AGMA Negotiating committee is pleased to announce a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Opera. The bridge pay agreement remains in effect for Met Artists during this time. We will begin our ratification process on May 24 and have more details to share with you. The preparation for this process began in Summer 2020, during the hardest time of our lives and careers. Now, we are filled with hope as we see New York City coming back to life. We are so excited to return to a better, safer, more equitable Met and see our beloved audience again. We built a better Met and we believe many of the terms in this agreement will change our industry for the better. The positive messages from the AGMA community carried and motivated... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published May 10, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Last week the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee continued to secure industry-changing gains and improvements while fiercely maintaining that cost-cutting measures must never threaten the livelihoods of the Artists of the Met. This week, with your continued support, we will stand firm during another week of bargaining. We will not waver in our goal to build a better and more equitable, more sustainable, and more Artist-driven Met. As always, we will be back in touch soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ned Hanlon, Negotiating Committee Chair, at ehanlo@gmail.com, Eastern Counsel Sam Wheeler, swheeler@musicalartists.org, or any of your delegates and committee members. In solidarity, Your Met AGMA N... Read More -->

AGMA Audition/Job Listing Page Updated

Published May 5, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

As AGMA members prepare to return to their careers and passions, we are enhancing our online presence and remain committed to sharing auditions and relevant job postings with our members on our website. We have asked all AGMA signatory companies to send us any upcoming postings to help make sure that thousands of AGMA Artists are aware of job listings and auditions in a timely manner. AGMA members can view these opportunities at https://www.musicalartists.org/auditions/. The page will be updated as new information becomes available. ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published May 3, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Met AGMA Negotiating Committee has committed to continue bargaining with the Met for another week, starting today. Last week we carried our progress forward. Friday was halting, slow, and difficult, but we will press on. This Committee is made up of limitless talent and resolute determination, and we will do everything we can to build a better Met. Our goal was never to merely restore the Met back to how it always was, but to establish a new industry blueprint. We will not waver in our efforts to make the industry safe, equitable, and inclusive. As soon as we know more, so will you. Thank you for your continued support and belief in us. As Always If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ned Hanlon, ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published April 30, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today marks our final day of scheduled bargaining with the Met. The last twelve weeks have been productive, trying, positive, and contentious, but we are excited and hopeful that our progress will foster a Met in which we can all take pride. Your support and solidarity have made any of this even possible, and that continues to inspire our 36-person Negotiating Committee today. Thank you for motivating us every single week since we began. We shall remain steadfast and resolute, and continue to fight for a more equitable, safe, and inclusive Metropolitan Opera. We will be back in touch soon. As Always If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ned Hanlon, Negotiating Committee Chair, at ehanlo@gmail.com, Eas... Read More -->

Next AGMA Staging Staff Caucus Meeting: May 20

Published April 29, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The next meeting of the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m. eastern. Mark your calendars! All Staging Staff members of AGMA in good standing are encouraged to attend. Last week the Staging Staff Caucus held its kickoff meeting. To those who attended, thank you for a great meeting! To those who couldn’t make it, don't worry! You can attend any of the future meetings! Register for the May meeting here. ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published April 26, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This week, our last currently on the books, we are focusing on safety. As Met Chorister Daniel Clark Smith has said, "Safety doesn't just apply to the stage. We are striving to make the Met a safe workplace across the board, free of racism, harassment, and retaliation." The industry needs to expand its meaning of “safety” in the workplace. Safety isn’t just about avoiding injury on the stage or behind the scenes. True safety is about ensuring the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of Artists. Artists deserve to have holistic safeguards in place to protect their body, mind, and heart. On that note, in addition to a discussion surrounding reasonable compensation to Artists for use of free live s... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Meeting on April 28

Published April 21, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details on the day of the meeting, register here. ... Read More -->

AGMA Dancers Caucus Announce May 4 Meeting

Published April 19, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Next Meeting: May 4, 8:00 p.m. ET Register The AGMA Dancers Caucus serves as a forum where AGMA Dancers come together to discuss and share goals and aspirations, and lend support to fellow Dancers and other AGMA members through communicating with each other and the union's elected leadership. All AGMA Dancers in good standing are encouraged to add their voice to the conversation and attend the next official meeting on Tuesday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held over Zoom. To register, fill out this form. Registrants will receive the Zoom details in the days leading up to the meeting. Please email dancerscaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

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Greetings from the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee! Though every email and social media post the last 11 weeks has ended with our names and categories, we want to better introduce ourselves. We are a diverse group of 36 Artists, representing every category of AGMA working at the Metropolitan Opera. We are the Artists for a better Met. As Met Dancer Sarah Weber Gallo recently said, "We are working toward tangible, systemic, and sustainable change at the Met. Any partnership in bettering our company requires trust, respect, and a shared commitment to raising up all voices." We will continue to challenge racism, sexism, and all systemic issues Artists face in their workplaces. We know that true change in the Arts will take more than j... Read More -->