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Version 4 of AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook Now Available

Published March 2, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

March 2, 2021 - American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have released the fourth version of the AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook.Major updates in Version 4 include: Levels of Reopening: Levels have been simplified and condensed from 5 levels to 3Ventilation Guidance: More specific information regarding air changes per hour, recommended percentage of fresh outdoor air, and filtration ratingsMinimum Space Requirements: New tables and worksheets included assisting in calculating the minimum space required for various levels of activity. Special Considerations for Singers: Masks and microphones as means of getting more singers back to work A new section on Worsenin... Read More -->

The Winter 2021 Issue of AGMAzine is Here

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AGMA is happy to announce that the Winter 2021 issue of AGMAzine is here! Follow this link to view/download the PDF or flip through the pages on Issuu. In this jam-packed issue, we are honored to share with you stories of creativity and perseverance as AGMA enters "The New Frontier." Through interviews and essays, a number of AGMA Artists provide personal stories about how their lives have changed over the course of a difficult year. We hope you enjoy this special issue of AGMAzine, the official publication of the American Guild of Musical Artists. Note: Due to the pandemic, this issue is only available in digital format. ... Read More -->

Week Four: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published March 1, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy as we near the one-year mark of the pandemic’s shutdown of our industry. We know we are all doing our best and trying to stay positive. Hard to believe, but today we enter our fourth week of bargaining with the Met. Last week, we began a detailed costing evaluation to understand the true effects of the Met’s drastic proposed cuts; we heard an appeal from Dancers to take steps to address their department’s work culture; we made significant progress on several proposals, including restructuring the contract payment schedule for soloists, and increasing access to principal artist auditions for choristers and extra choristers; and we followed up on various outstanding Committee questions an... Read More -->

Week Three: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published February 22, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists: This marks our third “Met Negotiation Update” from the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee. We are happy to report that during this past week of negotiations with the Met, we made significant progress on several important proposals:  Guaranteed minimum number of stage managersExpanded Long Term Disability Coverage for soloistsArtists’ use of media clips for promotional and educational purposesIncreased sick leave for Staff Performers  Today we enter our third week of bargaining. This week we will keep pushing for our proposals, which include:  Artist protections and representation in all Met productionsUpdated Media Agreement to reflect streaming practicesSafety protections on air quality, suf... Read More -->

Entering Week 2: Met AGMA Negotiating Committee Update

Published February 15, 2021   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists: We hope this message finds you all safe, healthy, and well. Last Monday we kicked off negotiations with the Met and delivered our proposals to management. Presentations were given by ALL 35 members of the Committee and each group and its function was introduced. The presentations were poised, professional, but at the same time, heartfelt and emotional. Hearing from each committee member was an experience like no other. We have all been through so much this past year and it culminated in these touching presentations. On the second day of bargaining, the Met delivered their proposals to us. We have many questions and concerns and are waiting on more clarification before we can even consider responding. However, ou... Read More -->

Arts, Entertainment, and Media Unions Announce Legislative Push to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

Feb. 11, 2021 - Today, the arts, entertainment, and media unions affiliated with the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) announced their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policy agenda during a digital press conference with union leaders, staff, and members. The DEI policy agenda details the legislative action the unions will urge members of Congress to support to help make their industries more representative.  “Diversity is a strength,” said DPE President Jennifer Dorning. “Creative professionals and their unions know this, and continue to prioritize making their industries more accessible to underrepresented people. Advocating for policy changes at the national level is a natural continu... Read More -->

Message from the Met AGMA Negotiating Committee on Upcoming Negotiations

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

Today we begin negotiations with the Met. Late last month, we reached an agreement with the Met to sit down for eight weeks to try to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This marks the beginning of what will likely be a difficult and challenging negotiation. The Met has been very public about its financial situation and the cuts it is seeking from all of its unions. We want to be equally clear: we cannot and will not allow cuts in compensation that threaten the livelihoods of our fellow Artists or the artistic integrity of the Company. We are clear-eyed that the Met has significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and we are willing to work with the Met to help it survive this difficult ti... Read More -->

Letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris from AGMA President: the Arts Need Funding Now

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

"It has never been just about 'dinner and a show.' It is 'the United States Economy and a show,' as the Performing Arts in the U.S. intersects with and amplifies virtually every other facet of our economy." Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris: Congratulations on this historic moment in both of your lives, as well as our country’s. As Production Stage Manager of the Metropolitan Opera and President of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the labor union of professional singers, dancers, and stage staff in opera, choral performance, and concert dance, it brought me more joy than I can explain to see how you incorporated the Performing Arts throughout the Presidential Inauguration. Listening to the messages ... Read More -->

January 27: AGMA State of the Union

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

AGMA members are invited to attend a special AGMA State of the Union webinar on Wednesday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. EST. The webinar will begin with a review of the many challenges and achievements of an extraordinarily difficult 2020, and then shift its focus to the new year. Speakers include AGMA President Ray Menard, National Executive Director Len Egert, and the head of the AGMA/SDC Medical Panel, Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill. There will be time for questions at the end. Registration is required. Members will receive a link to the webinar once their AGMA membership status has been verified. A recording of the webinar will be posted behind the MyAGMA portal for those who cannot attend live.  ... Read More -->

Holiday Message from AGMA

Published December 22, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA will close starting on Wednesday, December 23, and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. We are very excited to return and shift our momentum into the new year. On Wednesday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. EST, AGMA will host a State of the Union webinar during which we will review the many obstacles and achievements of 2020 and look ahead to the future. Please mark your calendars, we will send a registration link in January. In 2021, AGMA will continue to make progress on our goals and continue to tackle the challenges facing AGMA as a labor union in the 21st Century. AGMA has fought for Artists for more than 80 years and will do so for as long as opera, dance, and choral work are performed in America. 2020 was a year none o... Read More -->