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Harassment Allegations against Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet

Published December 8, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is deeply concerned about emerging press reports alleging harassment by Peter Martins, long-time Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet.  We fully support the investigation initiated by City Ballet in conjunction with the School of American Ballet and ask that any individuals with knowledge of the claims come forward so that investigators have all relevant facts. AGMA represents dancers, choreographers and stage managers at New York City Ballet.  Our collective bargaining agreement, as well as federal and state law, prevents all forms of discrimination. AGMA provides a confidential reporting method relating to all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.  For more information go to: www.musicalartists.org. If... Read More -->

AGMA’s Statement on Allegations Against James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Music Director Emeritus

Published December 4, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

We are appalled by the recent reports of sexual abuse allegations against James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s Music Director Emeritus.  Last night, the Metropolitan Opera (“Met”) suspended Mr. Levine pending an immediate, internal investigation.  We support the Met’s recent actions. As the union representing choristers, soloists, stage managers, directors, dancers, choreographers and staff performers, we seek to protect our members from all forms of harassment and discrimination.  The Met has a legal duty to provide a safe workplace and take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment.  This duty includes conducting prompt and diligent investigations in response to credible complaints of misconduct with appropriate actions ... Read More -->

Best Time to Join AGMA is Now

Published November 22, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

We are the labor union that represents the men and women who create America’s operatic, choral and dance heritage. Because performing artists live to perform, they are vulnerable to employer exploitation, unfair and unsafe conditions, and illegal discrimination.  They can find the protection they need by joining AGMA – the American Guild of Musical Artists.  Without forceful advocacy of their interests, artists can be subjected to abuse, low pay, poor working conditions, inadequate benefits, and no job security. Join AGMA Now - Initiation fees increase as of January 1, 2018 (from $500 to $1000). Membership in the American Guild of Musical Artists has countless benefits and advantages. Not only does it provide you with access... Read More -->

Thanksgiving

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In observance of Thanksgiving, AGMA offices will close today at 3:00pm and will reopen on Monday, November 27th. Enjoy the holiday and be safe everyone!... Read More -->

Veterans Day

Published November 9, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

In observance of Veterans Day, AGMA offices will be closed tomorrow Friday, November 10th and will reopen on Monday, November 13th. To our veterans, we thank you for your service!... Read More -->

Message from Deborah Allton-Maher, Associate Executive Director

Published October 26, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Members: Considering the recent exposure in the press of the illegal and insidious harassment by those who occupy positions of power against those who are most vulnerable, I feel compelled to reach out personally to all of our members with reassurance and support and to urge anyone who has experienced this trauma to utilize the reporting method that AGMA has provided.  All you need to do is to call me or email me to report any behavior that has made you uncomfortable, fearful or if you feel threatened in any way. All reports are kept strictly in confidence, no names are used.  If we receive multiple reports against an individual we notify the employer(s) of the offending person to either conduct an investigation, or to take pr... Read More -->

Thriving in Arts and Entertainment in NYC

Published October 20, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in New York Area

The Arts & Entertainment Worker Resource Center, in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and The Worker Institute at Cornell, is pleased to present a 3-seminar series:  Thriving in Arts and Entertainment in NYC. These seminars will provide crucial information for early career artists, entertainers, and cultural workers about resources to help them survive & thrive in NYC, including healthcare and housing, fiscal sponsorship and funding opportunities, as well as their rights as workers.  We hope you will forward the attached invitation to any members of your community who might be interested in joining us for one, two, or all three of our free seminars.  Presenters will include: *           ... Read More -->

Help for Those Impacted by Wildfires in California

Published   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in San Francisco Area, Southern California Area

Union Plus Offers Help for Those Impacted by the Wildfires in California If you are a member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the California wildfires, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.1 Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants of one of the following programs: Union Plus Credit Card Program Union Plus Life Insurance Accidental Death Insurance Union Plus Auto Insurance or Union Plus Mortgage Program To qualify for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant: Your residence must be in a county qualifying for individual assistance money from FEMA (to check if your county has been... Read More -->

Vincent La Selva, Founder of New York Grand Opera, Dies at 88

Published October 12, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in All Areas

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news that Maestro Vincent La Selva passed away on October 9th in Cleveland, Ohio. There will be a service for him at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10 AM on Tuesday, October 17th and all are welcome.   As the founder of New York Grand Opera, Maestro La Selva brought many summers of glorious opera performances in Central Park, free to everyone. He is much beloved by generations of opera singers, orchestral musicians, conductors and opera fans alike and will be deeply missed. For more information, please read his obituary in the New York Times... Read More -->

Houston Grand Opera Finds Temporary Home

Published September 26, 2017   |  By musicalartists  |  Post in Texas / Oklahoma Area

The Houston Grand Opera, which was forced from its home by Hurricane Harvey, found a temporary home at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the first three productions of the season. Their new home - Exhibit Hall A3 - in the convention center, is affectionately being referred to as "the HGO Resilience Theater." Read the full article in The New York Times or, for information regarding the upcoming performances, please visit the Houston Grand Opera website.... Read More -->