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Artists of American Ballet Theatre and AGMA Leadership Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Authorization

Published February 7, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On the evening of February 6, AGMA leadership and the Dancers and Stage Managers of American Ballet Theatre voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. The Artists voted 95.6% in favor of authorizing the strike. This pivotal move follows an arduous eight-month period of negotiations that has unfortunately not resulted in a fair contract. During this time, AGMA Artists at ABT have been diligently working under an expired contract since September. The dedication and unwavering commitment of the Dancers and Stage Managers of ABT are beyond dispute. They consistently perform at the pinnacle of their field, often at the cost of their well-being, safety, and financial stability, all in the pursuit of ensuring ABT's success and arti... Read More -->

Webinar Now Available: Navigating Ageism and Vocal Health

Published February 5, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA Members: “Navigating Ageism and Vocal Health: A Real Talk on the Complexities of Auditioning and Career Longevity,” the latest presentation hosted by the AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus (OCCC), is available for viewing. On January 29, the OCCC welcomed guest speaker Karen Brunssen, Professor of Music at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, to speak on this important topic. Members must log in to MyAGMA and visit the “AGMA Webinars” main page to access the recording. From there, members can select “AGMA Caucus Webinars.” Happy viewing! ... Read More -->

AGMAzine is Accepting Submissions Until March 1

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! AGMA Artists are invited to submit a piece of writing or artwork to the upcoming issue of AGMAzine! The theme is: BALANCE. Members are encouraged to interpret the theme of “balance” in any way that inspires them. The deadline to contribute to the Winter/Spring 2024 issue is March 1, 2024. Email submissions (word document preferred) and/or high-resolution photos/artwork (as attachments) directly to Denise Baker at dbaker@musicalartists.org. AGMA welcomes articles (100 words to 1,000 words, or somewhere in between) from all AGMA members in good standing. We look forward to highlighting the voices of our members. Though we cannot publish all submissions, please know that we will aler... Read More -->

The Dancers of Dance Theatre of Harlem Take Steps to Unionize

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The Dancers of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Established in 1969, Dance Theatre of Harlem holds the distinction of being the first Black classical ballet company. Formerly an AGMA company, DTH closed its doors in 2004 and resumed operations in 2012 as a non-union company. "The Dancers of Dance Theatre of Harlem are united and ready to become a part of AGMA again,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. “The full membership of the American Guild of Musical Artists stands in support of their unionizing efforts, and we believe that this collective step will contribute to positive change within the dance community at lar... Read More -->

AGMA Attends Arts Funding Summit in D.C.

Published February 2, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA recently participated in a first-of-its-kind summit co-hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Summit, Healing, Bridging, and Thriving, was held in D.C. on January 30. It served as a platform for government agencies and entertainment unions to delve into discussions on the crucial topic of arts funding and its role in cultivating a resilient arts and humanities sector. Ned Hanlon, AGMA President, shared thoughts on the summit: "We applaud the NEA and the White House Domestic Policy Council for holding this important summit on arts funding. It was inspiring to see so many different stakeholders in one place, and a reminder of the Biden-Harris Administration's commi... Read More -->

AGMA Celebrates Black History Month

Published February 1, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

This Black History Month, AGMA takes great pride in paying tribute to the legacy of past Black AGMA members, celebrating the outstanding advocacy and artistry of our current Black leaders and members, and supporting Black AGMA Artists of the future. The exceptional talent and artistry displayed by Black AGMA Artists across the nation have yielded remarkable contributions to the arts and to our industries, profoundly enriching our community and serving as a powerful source of inspiration for us all. We also celebrate the Black leaders of our union. Your unwavering dedication, whether it be within your shops as union delegates, on negotiating committees, as part of the AGMA Black Caucus or AGMA’s new I.D.E.A. Subcommittee, or on the ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: Staging Staff Vice President Brian August

Published January 31, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In June 2023, AGMA announced the Union's new President, Officers, and Governors. The award-winning Summer 2023 issue of AGMAzine featured interviews with President Ned Hanlon and Officers J. Austin Bitner, Brian August, Helena Brown, Antuan Byers, Eric Ferring, Andres Garcia, Katharine Goeldner, Cameo Humes, and Jennifer Wallace. Now, as part of our AGMAzine Spotlight Series, we will be featuring these union leaders every Wednesday. Today, we spotlight Brian August, AGMA's Staging Staff Vice President. “I first ran for the Board over two years ago because it was important to me that Staging Staff had someone representing them who was receptive to all issues and who would advocate for necessary change. Coming out of the... Read More -->

Faculty from The School of American Ballet Take History-Making Steps to Unionize

Published January 29, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Ballet Faculty at The School of American Ballet (SAB) have taken a historic step by signing union cards to join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). This marks a groundbreaking moment for AGMA as it organizes dance educators for the first time. Expressing enthusiasm about this significant development, Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director, stated, "This is a significant moment for both AGMA and the dance education community. I believe the unity and commitment shown by the SAB ballet faculty will pave the way for a new era in our union." Founded in 1934 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, and affiliated with the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet is a renowned institution providing... Read More -->

Area Committee Election: Self-Nomination Period

Published January 28, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Area Committee Elections: The self-nomination period starts on January 29. Area Committees are an essential part of AGMA. As you know, AGMA functions as a nationwide union, operating without a system of locals. Membership Areas serve as the framework for fostering connections among members across various locations. They also provide a pathway for extensive member involvement in our union. Simply put, strong Area Committees help us build power in our shops, at the bargaining table, and across the country. To self-nominate to be on your Area Committee, please complete the form that was emailed to Area Members in good standing on January 29 (members should receive this information around 1:00 p.m. ET). All forms are due by no ... Read More -->

FINAL DUES REMINDER: Submit 2024 Basic Annual Dues without Late Fees by January 31

Published January 25, 2024   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The grace period for AGMA Members to submit their 2024 basic annual dues without late fees ends January 31. Invoices were sent on or around November 17. Members should submit their dues to remain an AGMA member in good standing and avoid future reinstatement fees! Members must remain in good standing to participate at all levels of the Union. This means staying up to date on all payments and installment plans. To engage in negotiations, vote on contracts, attend caucus or committee meetings, receive important emails, access MyAGMA, and vote, nominate, or run as a candidate in union elections, it is essential that members remain in good standing. TO SUBMIT DUES: Members currently in good standing may&nbs... Read More -->