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Stage Managers Shed Light on Opera’s Hiring Crisis

Published November 1, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On July 28, OPERA America published an article entitled "Opera's Hiring Crisis" that was met with criticism from workers in opera, particularly staging staff. Since the article is behind a paywall, it is not linked here. Today, a group of Stage Managers share their perspective on Opera's Hiring Crisis. Stage Managers Shed Light on Opera’s Hiring Crisis Written by Stage Managers Brian August, Lynn Krynicki, Ray Menard, Trevor Regars, and Leslie Sears  OPERA America published an article on July 28 regarding the “hiring crisis” in the opera industry. While opera is indeed experiencing a hiring crisis, context and relevant perspectives are unfortunately missing from the original piec... Read More -->

Southern Central Area Membership Meeting Announced

Published October 31, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Southern Central Members: SAVE THE DATE! The Southern Central Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Monday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. CT. Members of the Area were sent an email today around 1:00 p.m. CT with more information and a link to register! Area meetings are an opportunity for AGMA members to come together with their fellow local members to meet, connect, and discuss common issues. Sam Wheeler, AGMA’s National Executive Director, will be there. He will provide an update on the state of the Union and wants to hear directly from Area members too. ... Read More -->

New England Area Membership Meeting Announced

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New England Area Members: SAVE THE DATE! The New England Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Monday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Members of the Area were sent an email today around 1:00 p.m. ET with more information and a link to register! Area meetings are an opportunity for AGMA members to come together with their fellow local members to meet, connect, and discuss common issues. Sam Wheeler, AGMA’s National Executive Director, will be there. He will provide an update on the state of the Union and wants to hear directly from Area members too. ... Read More -->

REMINDER: Mid & South Atlantic Area Membership Meeting on November 6

Published October 28, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AREA MEETING REMINDER! The Mid & South Atlantic Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually on Sunday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Today, members of the Area were sent a REMINDER email with more information and a link to register. Those who registered prior to receiving the reminder, do not need to do so again. ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 1-Year Extension with New York Philharmonic

Published October 27, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

A 1-year extension between AGMA and the New York Philharmonic was approved by AGMA leadership, after being ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations! HIGHLIGHTS: 5% increase to contractual minimums for the 2022-2023 contract year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) language, including the right to union representation for Artists making complaints pursuant to the Philharmonic’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, and opportunities for participation in the Philharmonic’s ongoing DEI efforts to better support Artists of color at the PhilharmonicRevisions to the “ARTIST CLOTHING” provision to provide for gender-neutral standard concert attireA commitment to negotiate CO... Read More -->

REMINDER: Staging Staff Caucus Health Insurance Seminar on November 14

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REMINDER! The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is hosting a Health Insurance Seminar on Monday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET. National Director of Health Services for the Entertainment Community Fund Renata Marinaro, LMSW, will present and answer questions. Marinaro has dedicated her career to counseling professionals in the entertainment and performing arts industry nationwide on healthcare coverage options. In March 2017 she helped launch the Samuel J Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Mt. Sinai Doctors. Renata’s goal is to create educated and active healthcare consumers. Renata is also a licensed social worker and has worked in healthcare settings in the New York metro area. All AGMA Staging St... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Boston Ballet

Published October 26, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The new bargaining agreement between AGMA and Boston Ballet was approved by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly ratified by the shop. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: Return to 40 guaranteed workweeks and restoration of pre-COVID benefits package20% increase to New Dancer rate COLA of 9.25% Y1, 5% Y2, 3% Y3Guarantee of re-engagement after change of artistic directorIncrease in guaranteed layoff after NutcrackerCompensation for participation on DEI committeesFlat fee of $350 for participation in BB's annual ball (previously uncompensated)Reverse Weingarten (Right to union representation when raising concerns about discrimination and harassment)Increase in ... Read More -->

UPDATE from Union Plus on Free College Program

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Union Plus is a non-profit and the only consumer benefits organization created and endorsed by the AFL-CIO. Union Plus benefit programs are exclusively for union members (current and retired) and their families. Union Plus offers Hardship Help, as well as financial products, home and auto programs, insurance products, shopping discounts, travel perks, and more. Good news! On October 21, it was announced that registration for the Spring 2023 term opens on October 25, 2022, for continuing students and shortly thereafter for new students. For the full announcement and for past updates please visit: https://egcc.edu/press-release/. Summary of Timeline of Events: On July 25, AGMA was informed that Union Plus' Free College pro... Read More -->

REMINDER: Midwest Area Membership Meeting on November 7

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AREA MEETING REMINDER! The Midwest Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually on Monday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT. Today, members of the Area were sent a REMINDER email with more information and a link to register. Those who registered prior to receiving the reminder, do not need to do so again. ... Read More -->

Webinar for Cooks County Source Grow Grant

Published October 25, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Source Grow Grant provides $10,000 grants to Cooks County small businesses, coupled with advising and coaching services, to foster their recovery and resiliency from the pandemic, scale their operations, and thrive in Cook County. A free informational session for those who'd like to learn more about The Source Grow Grant will be held on Friday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. local time. Offered in partnership with the League of Chicago Theatres and the Chicago Federation for Musicians, this webinar will provide detailed information on The Source Grow Grant. Join to get questions answered about eligibility requirements, program priorities, required documentation, and more. This session will be led by the Wome... Read More -->