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AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Colorado Ballet

Published May 19, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Colorado Ballet's new collective bargaining agreement was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to compensation; DEI and anti-harassment provisions; increase to seniority in each year, and additional time added to maternity/partner leave in addition to current sick leave. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: INCREASES: Year 1: Increases between 6% and 15% (varied by rank)Year 2: 4% for all ranksYear 3: 3.5% for all ranks SENIORITY PAYMENTS: Year 1: $8.00Year 2: $8.25Year 3: $8.50 MATCHING RETIR... Read More -->

Rhonda Murray Named Executive Director of the AGMA Retirement Plan and Health Fund

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Following a comprehensive search, Rhonda Murray has been named Executive Director of the AGMA Retirement Plan and Health Fund. Murray has a proven track record of over 20 years of experience successfully managing health and welfare benefit programs for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She is a graduate of AMP (Administrators Masters Program). “I’m looking forward to cultivating the Funds’ relationship with both AGMA members and its signatory companies, and to strengthening their knowledge of their benefits,” shared Murray, whose official start date was May 2. Prior to the Funds, she worked for the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) Local 1957 as their Fund Administrator. Before that, Murray worked at... Read More -->

Registration Reminder: Staging Staff Caucus Social Hour Event

Published May 17, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is hosting its first-ever virtual Social Hour on Monday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The goal of Social Hour is to have fun and build relationships between colleagues across the country. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to join, even just to pop in and say hello! Please register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom details will be sent before May 23! ... Read More -->

AGMA stands in Solidarity with Arts Teachers, Staff at the Chicago High School for the Arts

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AGMA supports Arts teachers and office staff in Chicago in their quest to join the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU). Academic teachers at the Chicago High School for the Arts have been part of the Chicago Teachers' Union since 2018, but as of yet, the school’s main office staff and Arts teachers (“teaching artists”) – from the voice teachers to the visual arts instructors – have not been permitted by the school to join. Just under 70% of the Arts teachers/office staff have signed the petition to become part of CTU and they submitted their request to the school’s Board in April, and saw their request rejected! Every worker should have the right to unionize and improve their workplace - especially one that already has a percen... Read More -->

AGMA and SDC Announce New Partnership

Published May 12, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today, the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO (AGMA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have announced a reciprocal agreement that will build on and strengthen the existing partnership between the two national labor unions. AGMA members include singers, dancers, and staging staff in opera, ballet and concert dance, and concert choral performance in the United States. SDC Members include professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States. SDC and AMGA first partnered in May 2020, when they jointly engaged an Expert Medical Advisory Panel to create the highly acclaimed AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook, which has been continually updated throughout the pandemic... Read More -->

Staging Staff Caucus Social Hour Event

Published May 11, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is excited to invite all AGMA Staging Staff members to its first-ever virtual Social Hour on Monday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "We are all used to using Zoom for business-related meetings, and the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus has definitely accomplished a lot on that front! The goal of our Social Hour is to have fun and build relationships between colleagues across the country," said the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to join, even just to pop in and say hello! Please register here. The Zoom details will be sent before May 23. ... Read More -->

The Actors Fund Announces Name Change

Published May 10, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is pleased to share that as of May 2022, The Actors Fund is now the Entertainment Community Fund. For over 140 years, The Actors Fund has helped everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment across the country. The new name is designed to be more inclusive and representative of the diverse professions that they serve. The Entertainment Community Fund is a national human services organization with a history of helping all those who make the performing arts and entertainment possible—whether they work on stage, in front of the camera, or behind the scenes—in theater, film, dance, music, TV, opera and radio. Through programs that focus on the unique health and wellness, career and life, and housing needs of our ... Read More -->

Statement from AGMA President Ray Menard

Published May 5, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

I am appalled by the news that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and end constitutional protections for abortion. Unions have always known that comprehensive healthcare is a fundamental right, and this decision will make it harder for people to make their own choices and chart their own destinies. This will make abortion inaccessible and often illegal to obtain for individuals across the country. The ability of pregnant people to make the best decision for themselves is inextricably linked to the project of economic justice that AGMA and those throughout the labor movement fight to uphold. We at AGMA do not seek to divide, but to uphold safe, fair, and equitable rights for all – and that includes saf... Read More -->

Last Call for AGMAzine Submissions

Published May 4, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA Artists! LAST CALL to submit a piece of writing or artwork to the upcoming issue of AGMAzine! The theme for the magazine this time around is "AGMA on the Rise" and we want to celebrate AGMA members across the country. The deadline to contribute to the Summer 2022 issue is this Friday, May 6. Email submissions (word document preferred) and high-resolution photos (as attachments) directly to Denise Baker at dbaker@musicalartists.org. The theme “AGMA on the Rise” encompasses the growth and change AGMA and its members have experienced over the last two-plus years. We are still navigating through the pandemic, still fighting for equity. During this time, AGMA members have displayed great fortitude. AGMA welcomes articles (... Read More -->

ONE DAY Left to Complete AGMA’s Census

Published May 3, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We’ve reached the final countdown to complete AGMA’s demographic census! The census will close TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 4, at approximately 11:59 p.m. ET. Thank you to every AGMA member that has completed the census!  AGMA’s first demographic census was sent to members in good standing by Savanta on April 20. An easy way to search for the census is to search for “Savanta Market Research invite@decipherinc.com” and/or “Complete AGMA’s Demographic census.” (Previously Savanta was using the email address censusinvite@savanta.com, but we were made aware of email receipt issues. Some AGMA members were unable to receive the Census due to the email provider’s security restrictions. After looking into ways to resol... Read More -->