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Health Insurance Seminar Announced by Staging Staff Caucus

Published October 13, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus will host 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 Staff members... Read More -->

Dancers of Saint Louis Ballet Take Steps to Unionize

Published October 11, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

10/11/2022 - With an overwhelming majority of support, the Dancers of Saint Louis Ballet have signed cards to form a union and join the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). “Dancers are extraordinarily dedicated artists and deserve to have a voice in their working lives. AGMA is here to support the Dancers of Saint Louis Ballet as they take the exciting first steps in their unionizing journey,” said Griff Braun, AGMA’s National Organizing Director. “It’s a very exciting time at AGMA and we are looking forward to welcoming these fantastic dancers into the fold.” Saint Louis Ballet is located in Chesterfield, Missouri, employs 21 professional dancers, and stages five artistic productions each season. AGMA... Read More -->

Meeting Reminder: New Season Check In for AGMA Choristers

Published October 10, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host a “New Season Check In” on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. All AGMA Choristers in good standing are encouraged to join this member-driven discussion on the topics and issues choristers face as they kick off a new season, including auditions, amount and quality of work, and the evolving state of safety protocols. Please register here! If you have already registered, there is no need to do so again. Zoom details will be sent leading up to the meeting. See you on Wednesday, October 19! If you have any questions, or ideas for future discussions, please don't hesitate to email OCCC@musicalartists.org. ... Read More -->

Midwest Area Membership Meeting Announced

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Midwest Area Members: SAVE THE DATE! The Midwest Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Monday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT. 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 -->

Mid & South Atlantic Area Membership Meeting Announced

Published October 7, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Mid & South Atlantic Area Members: SAVE THE DATE! The Mid & South Atlantic Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Sunday, November 6, at 8:00 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 -->

San Francisco Area Membership Meeting Announced

Published October 6, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

San Francisco Area Members: SAVE THE DATE! The San Francisco Area will hold its annual membership meeting virtually – over Zoom – on Thursday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. PT. Members of the area received an email today (10/6) around 10:00 a.m. PT 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 -->

How to Support Workers on Strike at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Published October 5, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

There is a critical strike underway right now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over two years ago, workers at the museum voted overwhelmingly to join AFSCME District Council 47, Local 397. Negotiations have stalled because museum management refuses to address workers’ top priorities, including living wages and affordable health care. These workers are determined to win their first contract, but they need our solidarity. Here is how we can help. There is a Strike Fund for the workers. This fund supports workers on strike who are withholding their labor and sacrificing their pay to win change in their workplace. Any AGMA Artists in the Philadelphia area: please support the AFSCME picket lines at the museum. The current pick... Read More -->

October 19: New Season Check In for AGMA Choristers

Published October 3, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Opera and Concert Choristers Caucus will host a “New Season Check In” on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. All AGMA Choristers in good standing are encouraged to join this member-driven discussion on the topics and issues choristers face as they kick off a new season, including auditions, amount and quality of work, and the evolving state of safety protocols. Please register here! Zoom details will be sent leading up to the meeting. See you on Wednesday, October 19! If you have any questions, or ideas for future discussions, please don't hesitate to email OCCC@musicalartists.org. ... Read More -->

AGMA Stands in Solidarity with Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants

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AGMA stands in solidarity with nearly 25,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants in their organizing efforts to join the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA). The largest single unit organizing drive in the country is standing up to notorious union-busting tactics and is making real progress with both longtime Delta flight attendants and a new generation of workers who reflect the union excitement we’re seeing all across the country. In addition to raising standards for tens of thousands of workers, success at Delta will only increase the momentum behind the labor movement. https://deltaafa.org/signup-delta-afa ... Read More -->

AGMAzine Spotlight: Disability in Opera

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

Disability in Opera: Katharine Goeldner in Conversation with Young Artist Hailey McAvoy Disability in Opera is discussed in the latest issue of AGMAzine. AGMA Governor Katharine Goeldner speaks with Young Artist and fellow mezzo-soprano Hailey McAvoy about how the Performing Arts industry can better serve artists with disabilities. As an artist with mild cerebral palsy, McAvoy’s authenticity includes embracing physical disability in her life onstage and off. Today, we share this important conversation as part of the Union’s AGMAzine Spotlight Series. Katharine Goeldner (KG): Hi, Hailey! Thanks for discussing how our industry can better serve our artists with disabilities. So, first question: What do you suggest as the ... Read More -->