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Ballet Idaho Dancers Take Steps to Unionize

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

With an overwhelming majority of support, the Dancers of Ballet Idaho have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “With union approval rates higher than they’ve been in decades, workers are recognizing the great protections and benefits that come with being a part of a labor union. We are thrilled to support the Dancers of Ballet Idaho as they begin this journey, and we look forward to a collaborative and fruitful working relationship with the management of the Company,” said Griff Braun, Director of Organizing and Outreach at AGMA. AGMA has officially notified Ballet Idaho management and is hopeful that the Company will voluntarily recognize the Union. The Company has until close of... Read More -->

Mental Health Resources from The Actors Fund

Published October 14, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Actors Fund has licensed clinicians available to industry professionals and their families to help them cope with and provide ongoing support services for issues like work and personal stress, anxiety, depression and life transitions. Visit this link for a full listing of all The Actors Fund has to offer AGMA Artists, including referrals, and upcoming workshops and other related programs! ... Read More -->

Dancers Caucus Announces Discussion led by NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries

Published October 13, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Dancers Caucus will host "A Biopsychosocial Look at Returning to the Studio" on Monday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The discussion will be led by William Zinser, MS, ATC, CSCS, Athletic Trainer at NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. All AGMA Dancers in good standing are invited. Please register for this exciting evening here. You will receive the Zoom details in the days leading up to the event. You don’t want to miss this! Many dancers are fortunate to be back in the studio, with new safety protocols in place. With that, many questions may arise about the challenge of reconditioning both our bodies and our minds and the changes we may find in our workplaces. In addition, many dancers struggle wi... Read More -->

AGMA Health Fund Releases Video and Materials Related to Upcoming Health Care Plan Changes

Published October 8, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

As a reminder, the Health Fund is a separate entity from AGMA, with its own staff and Trustees. Information is available on the AGMA Health Fund website. Please reach out to the Fund Office at 212-765-3664 or info@agmaretirement-health.org with any questions. 10/8/2021 – The AGMA Health Fund has concluded its run of info sessions that highlighted the upcoming changes to the AGMA Health Plan that will go into effect on January 1, 2022. The Health Fund has notified AGMA that a recording of an info session is available for viewing as well as presentation materials. Eligible participants in the AGMA Health Plan are encouraged to watch the recording and review the materials ahead of the open enrollment period that runs from November 1-3... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Meeting October 27

Published October 7, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus will meet on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to join. To receive the Zoom details in advance of the meeting, register here. Please email BlackCaucus@musicalartists.org with any questions or for more information! ... Read More -->

AGMA Singers Invited to a Discussion on Maintaining Vocal Health with Two Industry Professionals Hosted by the OCCC

Published October 6, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus (OCCC) invites all AGMA singers to a discussion on maintaining vocal health with TWO industry professionals on Monday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Maintaining vocal health is critical for a singer, particularly as rehearsals and performances are ramping up. Join the multidisciplinary clinicians from the NYU Langone Voice Center, Dr. Paul Kwak (laryngologist) and Dr. Aaron Johnson (speech-language pathologist), as they discuss recommendations for maintaining vocal health and avoiding vocal injury as we return to performances as well as what to do when you are concerned about your vocal health. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Register for this exciting evening here. Registrants will... Read More -->

October 18 Staging Staff Caucus Meeting will Focus on DANCE

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

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will host a free form virtual discussion on Stage Management for Dance on Monday, October 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stage Managers from multiple dance disciplines will discuss the rehearsal process, creating new works, bringing back old repertory, touring, and what is unique and similar between their particular companies. Bring your questions and anecdotes! ALL Staging Staff members of AGMA are invited to this discussion, not just those in the dance world! Please register here. Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to the meeting. ... Read More -->

AGMA’s September Newsletter

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

AGMA members should check their inboxes for AGMA's September Newsletter! It was sent yesterday (September 28) around 3:00 p.m. ET. Members in good standing who subscribe to the Union's emails but didn't receive the newsletter are advised to check spam folders. Gmail users usually locate these newsletters in the "Promotions" tab. If further assistance is required, please email communications@musicalartists.org. As a reminder, members can access all of AGMA's newsletters by visiting the AGMA Newsletter Archive on the website (MyAGMA login required). ... Read More -->

AGMA Stands in Solidarity with IATSE

Published September 28, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We are united with I.A.T.S.E.! AGMA firmly stands in solidarity with workers of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) in their push for a fair contract from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). I.A.T.S.E. members are fighting for overdue, fundamental improvements in the quality of their lives, including safe and humane working conditions like reasonable time between shifts, meal breaks, and fair wages and benefits. Hollywood doesn't exist without these brilliant and indispensable workers, and the AMPTP, representing some of the most profitable companies in the world, must value their skill and their labor. -The American Guild of Musical Artists ... Read More -->

Planning Ahead: 2023 National Election

Published September 27, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

An email containing this information was sent to AGMA members on September 27, 2021. While the next AGMA National Election is not until 2023, AGMA wishes to remind its members of new eligibility requirements for National Elections stemming from recent changes to AGMA’s Constitution. AGMA’s Constitution can be accessed through the MyAGMA Portal under the “Policies and Procedures” section. In the 2021 National Election, the Nomination period began on February 1, 2021. While the AGMA Board of Governors has not yet determined when the Nomination period will begin for the 2023 National Election, members potentially interested in running for AGMA Office or a seat on the Board of Governors in 2023 are advised to keep t... Read More -->