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AGMA Website Experiencing Intermittent Technical Difficulties

Published March 8, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

As of this afternoon, the AGMA Membership Department began working with our third-party database vendor to resolve an issue that is intermittently affecting AGMA members’ ability to log into the MyAGMA portion of our website. We are diligently working to resolve the issue, and appreciate your patience during this time. Please stay tuned to the News portion of our website for further details - and if your issue is urgent in nature, please contact the AGMA National Office by phone at (212) 265-3687.... Read More -->

National Office Closed Due To Inclement Weather

Published March 4, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Due to the inclement weather forecast for the greater New York Metropolitan Area, AGMA's National Office will be closed on Monday, March 4th and scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, March 5th. Please check back for further information, as National Office staff will continue to monitor the forecast.... Read More -->

AGMA Installs New President

Published March 1, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

New York, NY (March 1, 2019) – Today, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), installed its new President, John Coleman, following the resignation of James Odom from the position. President Coleman moves into his new role per the Union’s constitution which provides that the First Vice President assumes the duties of the President upon resignation. Currently, a full-time Stage Manager at Lyric Opera of Chicago, President Coleman becomes the first Stage Manager to hold the position. “AGMA has been a part of my life for 30 years as an Artist, Delegate, and Vice President. The membership can count on AGMA’s Board of Governors and Staff to vigorously represent their interests. I am honored and look forward to serving as AGMA’s... Read More -->

The Actors Fund Announces 2019 Career Transition for Dancers Grant Program

Published February 22, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Actors Fund is pleased to announce the Career Transition For Dancers grant program for 2019, plus a remote orientation process beginning February 28th, 2019. New this spring, dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000) are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly national dancer orientation. All da... Read More -->

Important Reminder For 2019 Candidate Petitions and Slate Declarations

Published February 21, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

If you are seeking to be run for office in the upcoming AGMA election, completed petitions must be returned on or before March 1, 2019 to Elizabeth Drorbaugh at the National Office either in person, by regular mail or by email to Elections@musicalartists.org or by facsimile to 212-262-9088, and must include the signed acceptance of the candidate where indicated on the petition. Petitions received after the deadline will not be accepted, and only petitions on the official form prepared by the National Office will be accepted. In addition, fully completed Slate Declaration Forms (if applicable) are due by March 1, 2019. No member is permitted to be nominated as a candidate to more than one position during this election. All information ... Read More -->

A Statement from AGMA President James Odom

Published February 18, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

From AGMA President James Odom Dear Colleagues, The last twelve years have been the most fulfilling of my life.  Serving as AGMA’s President has been an honor beyond my ability to express.  It has been a true privilege to meet so many of you – some in person, some virtually – as I have participated in contract negotiations and attended area meetings and served with so many in the elected leadership. However, all things come to an end.  At the regularly scheduled meeting of AGMA’s Board of Governors, I resigned my position of President of AGMA, effective March 1, 2019.  In accordance with the provisions within AGMA’s Constitution, First Vice President John Coleman will assume the office of President until the new Presi... Read More -->

Presidents Day 2019

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

In observance of Presidents Day, AGMA offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th and reopen on Tuesday, February 19th.... Read More -->

2019 National Election Portal Is Live

Published February 1, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Elections for the American Guild of Musical Artists National Officers and the Board of Governors will take place on May 17, 2019.  Eligible AGMA members may submit a petition for either an Officer or Governor position. Only official AGMA petition forms will be accepted. Please ensure that the petition used states “Official AGMA Election Petition” at the top of the page. Serving as an Officer or Governor is your opportunity to represent your colleagues and have a voice in conducting the business of the union. A complete set of election rules and materials have been posted on AGMA’s website. Please log in to MyAGMA, and select "2019 National Election" from under the MyAGMA menu - or if you are already logged in, you may directly ac... Read More -->

The Actors Fund Hosts a New Monthly Sexual Harassment Support Group

Published January 17, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in New York Area

Sexual Harassment Support Group The Actors Fund is providing  a safe and confidential space for those who have experienced sexual harassment in the entertainment and performing arts community. This is a monthly support group for processing, sharing and developing new skills with the assistance of others. (more…)... Read More -->

Arts, Entertainment, and Media Unions Take Joint Action on Workplace Harassment

Published December 20, 2018   |  By Drew Rosenfeld  |  Post in All Areas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2018—Arts, entertainment, and media unions affiliated with the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) are committed to taking joint action to combat workplace harassment. Nine of the unions met on December 13, 2018 and pledged to share contract language, training resources, codes of conduct, and best practices to strengthen the individual efforts of each union to continue improving their industries. The joint action by these unions enhances the individual efforts of each union. “Creative professionals work side-by-side in shared workplaces, which is why their unions are committed to collaborating on industry-wide improvements,” said DPE President Jennifer Dorning. “DPE affiliate unions represent... Read More -->