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Reporting Harassment to AGMA

Published September 13, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On September 6, 2019, AGMA announced the opening of an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Placido Domingo.   This investigation is on-going, and AGMA encourages any members who may have information relevant to this investigation to contact AGMA Eastern Counsel Wendy LaManque at wlamanque@musicalartists.org, to be put in touch with Mr. Maffeo’s office.  Members may also contact Mr. Maffeo directly at JBMaffeo@cozen.com or by calling 212-883-4951. As a reminder, AGMA members who experience sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace have the following options for reporting to the union: by speaking to their delegate, contacting their designated... Read More -->

AGMA Opens Independent Investigation Into Allegations Against Plácido Domingo

Published September 6, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor to conduct the Union's investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. Today the American Guild of Musical Artists (“AGMA”) opened its own independent investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct the Union’s internal investigation. Mr. Maffeo has extensive experience conducting similar investigations on behalf of labor unions. This week the Associated Press published new disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Mr. Domingo. In the wak... Read More -->

National Office Closure in Observation of Labor Day

Published August 30, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Labor Day, AGMA's National Office will close on Friday, August 30th, 2019 at 3:30 PM ET, reopening on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. Labor Day is a time to honor the brave men and women who fought for the workplace protections we take for granted today, to celebrate all that we have achieved together as AGMA members, and to get energized for the work still to be done. Thank you for the work that you do as AGMA Artists and union members. We hope that you have a safe, restful, and happy holiday! #WeAreAGMA ... Read More -->

A Labor Day Message from AGMA President Ray Menard

Published August 29, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists, Every year on the first Monday of September, our nation takes one day at the end of summer to celebrate the American labor movement and all that it has achieved for our country’s workers. Labor Day is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the brave men and women who fought and died to secure the basic workplace protections we take for granted today. Our work as AGMA members is a continuation of their legacy as we fight to ensure that all AGMA Artists have dignity, safety, and opportunity on every stage and in every rehearsal hall across the country. The holiday is also a time to celebrate all that we have achieved together. Across the United States our Brothers and Sisters have joined together to win the bett... Read More -->

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Plácido Domingo

Published August 23, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is aware of serious allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women against Plácido Domingo.  We have contacted our employers to demand independent investigations into these allegations.  Additionally, we have reached out to our members in opera companies that may have been affected to offer guidance and support.  As the independent investigation is conducted, we continue to closely monitor this situation, ensuring the safety of our members our first priority.  AGMA condemns all sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and commends those who come forward to report these incidents in their workplaces.  AGMA is fully committed to ensuring that the artists we represent have safe workplaces t... Read More -->

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Plácido Domingo

Published August 13, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

***8.23.19 - AGMA Has issued an updated statement regarding the allegations raised against Mr. Domingo. To read that statement, please click here.*** Today, AGMA became aware of serious allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women against Plácido Domingo.  We have contacted our employers to demand investigations into these allegations.  Additionally, we have reached out to our members in opera companies that may have been affected to offer guidance and support.  We will continue to closely monitor this situation, making the safety of our members our first priority.  AGMA condemns all sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and commends those who come forward to report these incidents in their workplaces.  AGMA is ... Read More -->

The Actors Fund To Host Upcoming Free Workshops

Published August 2, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Through AGMA's partnership with The Actors Fund, we are thrilled to inform our members of two valuable career workshops to be hosted in the coming weeks at The Actors Fund's New York offices. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? PREVENTING HEARING LOSS Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 RSVP: http://ow.ly/v6zw50vhk2v Does your job require you to spend hours in a studio or on stage surrounded by loud music and large speakers? Are you currently in a show that has loud special effects? Are you constantly asking friends and family to repeat themselves? This seminar will discuss the following topics: How to protect your hearing while on the jobSimple at home treatments for hearing loss or impairmentWhat symptoms to watch out for, and wh... Read More -->

AGMA Organizes Westwood Presbyterian Church Music Group in Los Angeles

Published July 23, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Professional artists performing at Music of Westwood concert events at Westwood Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles have chosen AGMA as their exclusive bargaining representative Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2019) – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is proud to announce today that it will now represent the principal singers of Music at Westwood, of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.  Based on the unanimous vote of support of its singers, Music at Westwood, the musical non-profit choral concert group at Westwood Presbyterian Church, has voluntarily recognized AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the artists for concert performances.  We applaud this decision by the organization, and acknowle... Read More -->

AGMA Leadership Conference Held in National Office

Published July 16, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

From June 24through June 27, 2019, AGMA’s Leadership convened its annual conference in New York City.  Approximately 17 AGMA Officers, Areas Chairs, Committee Chairs and representatives from around the country met to discuss and review various topics, goals and objectives.  Throughout the conference, AGMA staff presented updates regarding on-going projects and new initiatives.  The leadership group revised and refined a priorities list that had been generated during a previous conference. Among the topics analyzed were the following: Membership: an overview of policies and procedures Health and Retirement Funds: an update from Executive Director Derek Davis Public Relations: a presentation by Christine Dusek of 10K ... Read More -->

National Office Closure In Observance of Independence Day

Published July 3, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Independence Day, AGMA's National Office will close on Wednesday, July 3rd at 3:00 PM ET, reopening for normal business hours on Monday, July 8th. AGMA's National Office Staff is proud to serve our diverse membership, and we wish you a Safe and Happy Fourth of July! ... Read More -->