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AGMA Announces a New National Executive Director

Published July 27, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Leonard Egert to the position of National Executive Director. Mr. Egert is an attorney who comes to AGMA with more than twenty years of experience in the labor movement, including serving as Assistant Counsel to the Writers Guild of America, East and in his current position of Executive Director of the San Francisco-Northern California Local of SAG-AFTRA. Additionally, his experience includes representing entertainment and other unions while at the firm of Spivak, Lipton, LLP and his own firm of Egert and Trakinski. Mr. Egert has a reputation as a strong negotiator, dynamic leader, and careful listener with an innovative approach towards problem solving. Mr. Egert ... Read More -->

Union Plus Offers Help for Survivors of West Virginia Floods

Published June 30, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent flooding and mudslides that struck West Virginia, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.  Unprecedented flooding has left thousands of families displaced, and many do not have flood insurance. Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card(1), Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, or Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage. Participants who live in Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties may be eligible for these grants. The ap... Read More -->

The American Guild of Musical Artists has lost a bright light

Published January 4, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists has lost a bright light. Alan Gordon, AGMA’s National Executive Director, died New Year's Day in New Hampshire—a fitting time and place of departure for one of the labor movement’s most independent, iconoclastic, and forward-looking leaders. As National Executive Director of AGMA, representing the most accomplished singers, dancers, and stage production staff at opera and dance companies throughout the United States, Mr. Gordon was a strong and dedicated visionary—fearless and unrelenting in protecting the rights of union members. When Mr. Gordon assumed the helm in 2000, the union was financially unstable and struggling to effectively represent its members. As a result of his work over th... Read More -->

AGMA/Equity Reciprocal Audition Agreement

Published November 20, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA members, who have been members for at least one calendar year, can attend Equity auditions without joining Equity. The cost to join Equity would be their then current initiation fee less the $500 initiation fee previously paid to AGMA. AGMA has a standard letter that needs to be presented to Equity upon joining. You can obtain that letter by calling the Membership Department at (212) 265-3687. Current members of Actors’ Equity may join AGMA as an affiliate union. In such a case, only half of the Initiation Fee ($250) and annual Basic Dues ($78) are required ($328). In addition, both AGMA and Equity members in good standing are allowed to attend the other union’s auditions without joining the other union.... Read More -->

AGMA and Actors’ Equity Make Peace

Published November 13, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

By Alan S. Gordon, National Executive Director After more than a decade of jurisdictional conflicts and a hostile relationship, the two principal unions representing live performers across the United States have undertaken a new and mutually symbiotic relationship. Equity’s selection of Mary McColl as its Executive Director has helped immeasurably, as she and I were able to work out an innovative basic jurisdictional understanding, and begin a new focus on mutual cooperation. Previously, jurisdictional disputes were handled by the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As), an AFL-CIO created entity that consists of AGMA, Equity, SAG, AFTRA, AGVA and the Guild of Italian American Actors, with Theodore Bikel as its Presi... Read More -->

Notice About Illegal Videotaping

Published June 20, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Some agents are illegally, and without any authorization from employers, videotaping performances of their clients’ singing and dancing, and then releasing those clips on YouTube and other internet sites. Making such recordings and releasing such performances is illegal and, if the performances were recorded while those artists performed in an AGMA house, is also violative of the AGMA collective bargaining agreements with those employers and is a tortious interference with those contracts. We have advised YouTube accordingly so that it may delete any such clips. We are advising all of our signatory employers of this problem and that, to comply with our contracts, they must confiscate the unauthorized video camera and eject the photo... Read More -->

AGMA Establishes a System For Members to Report Conduct That Creates a Hostile Work Environment

Published May 20, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We’ve established a private email address; any member may report any allegation of discrimination, abuse or harassment. Members MUST include their names, which we will not disclose to anyone. While some members may be troubled that such complaints are not wholly anonymous, we need to be certain that reports are made only by members. AGMA will keep each member’s name confidential to the fullest extent of the law. In making a report, the member should obviously report the identity of the employer; the name of the person doing the inappropriate act; the nature of the abuse, harassment or discrimination; the employment position of that person (composer, coach, etc.); their work relationship to the person making the report (unless it... Read More -->

Board of Governors Enacts Code of Professional Standards For Agents And Managers Representing AGMA Members

Published December 15, 2004   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

At its meeting of December 15th, 2004 AGMA’s Board of Governors adopted a Code of Professional Standards for agents and managers representing its members. Responding to complaints about inappropriate and unethical conduct, the Board enacted the Code as a guide for the membership in negotiating agreements with their agents and managers. The Code seeks to prohibit specific aspects of conduct that is not acceptable. Although acceptance of this Code by agents is voluntary, Alan Gordon, AGMA’s Executive Director, said: “We think that this can help our members by identifying things that our members should know is wrongful conduct. Although many agents are entirely ethical and really devote themselves to the interests of the artists they re... Read More -->

Guest Artist Agreement Now in Place

Published June 24, 2002   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA’s Board of Governors has approved a “Guest Artist Agreement” that any member in any category can use for work at non-AGMA employers. The Guest Artist Agreement can be used in either of two ways for any job you are offered. First, if your employer agrees, it can be used as a binding agreement between you and the employer, for whatever terms you can negotiate or agree upon. The form can be photocopied, and you or your agent can negotiate some or all of its suggested contractual provisions with any prospective employer. A link to the agreement appears above.  Use of this form should be acceptable to non-AGMA employers because it does not require an entire AGMA shop and includes only those terms to which your prospective employer i... Read More -->