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Support Group for Injured Dancers

Published January 10, 2017   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in New York Area

Support Group for Injured Dancers  Thursdays, January 26–March 16 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor RSVP via email or 212.221.7300 ext. 166 The Dancers’ Resource is pleased to offer an 8-week group for dancers who are currently dealing with or are recovering from injury, who may feel isolated because of their injuries, and who wish to better navigate their changing relationships with their bodies and dance. The group will provide a safe space for dancers to support one another at all stages of the healing process through open discussion and the sharing of resources and healthy coping strategies. Dancers’ Resource social worker Catherine Calhoun will be leading the group and is seeking ... Read More -->

AGMA & CSO Reach Agreement

Published December 22, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in Chicago / Midwest Area

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and Chicago Symphony Chorus have reached a new labor agreement The members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) are pleased to announce that they have ratified a new labor agreement with a term to September 10, 2019. You can find the official joint statement here.          ... Read More -->

The Radio City Rockettes

Published December 14, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Please be advised that the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) does not represent The Radio City Rockettes, who have recently been asked to perform at the upcoming presidential inauguration. The Rockettes are represented by the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA). For information on AGVA, please visit their website at ... Read More -->

Chicago Symphony Chorus Contract Talks Continue

Published October 28, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in Chicago / Midwest Area

The members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) have been engaged in negotiations over a successor agreement to the labor contract that expired September 10, 2016. Negotiations to work out a new contract have been and continue to be respectful and are ongoing. You can view the official press release here.    ... Read More -->

AGMA Announces a New National Executive Director

Published July 27, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Leonard Egert to the position of National Executive Director. Mr. Egert is an attorney who comes to AGMA with more than twenty years of experience in the labor movement, including serving as Assistant Counsel to the Writers Guild of America, East and in his current position of Executive Director of the San Francisco-Northern California Local of SAG-AFTRA. Additionally, his experience includes representing entertainment and other unions while at the firm of Spivak, Lipton, LLP and his own firm of Egert and Trakinski. Mr. Egert has a reputation as a strong negotiator, dynamic leader, and careful listener with an innovative approach towards problem solving. Mr. Egert ... Read More -->

Union Plus Offers Help for Survivors of West Virginia Floods

Published June 30, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent flooding and mudslides that struck West Virginia, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.  Unprecedented flooding has left thousands of families displaced, and many do not have flood insurance. Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card(1), Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, or Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage. Participants who live in Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties may be eligible for these grants. The ap... Read More -->

The American Guild of Musical Artists has lost a bright light

Published January 4, 2016   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The American Guild of Musical Artists has lost a bright light. Alan Gordon, AGMA’s National Executive Director, died New Year's Day in New Hampshire—a fitting time and place of departure for one of the labor movement’s most independent, iconoclastic, and forward-looking leaders. As National Executive Director of AGMA, representing the most accomplished singers, dancers, and stage production staff at opera and dance companies throughout the United States, Mr. Gordon was a strong and dedicated visionary—fearless and unrelenting in protecting the rights of union members. When Mr. Gordon assumed the helm in 2000, the union was financially unstable and struggling to effectively represent its members. As a result of his work over th... Read More -->

AGMA/Equity Reciprocal Audition Agreement

Published November 20, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA members, who have been members for at least one calendar year, can attend Equity auditions without joining Equity. The cost to join Equity would be their then current initiation fee less the $500 initiation fee previously paid to AGMA. AGMA has a standard letter that needs to be presented to Equity upon joining. You can obtain that letter by calling the Membership Department at (212) 265-3687. Current members of Actors’ Equity may join AGMA as an affiliate union. In such a case, only half of the Initiation Fee ($250) and annual Basic Dues ($78) are required ($328). In addition, both AGMA and Equity members in good standing are allowed to attend the other union’s auditions without joining the other union.... Read More -->

AGMA and Actors’ Equity Make Peace

Published November 13, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

By Alan S. Gordon, National Executive Director After more than a decade of jurisdictional conflicts and a hostile relationship, the two principal unions representing live performers across the United States have undertaken a new and mutually symbiotic relationship. Equity’s selection of Mary McColl as its Executive Director has helped immeasurably, as she and I were able to work out an innovative basic jurisdictional understanding, and begin a new focus on mutual cooperation. Previously, jurisdictional disputes were handled by the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As), an AFL-CIO created entity that consists of AGMA, Equity, SAG, AFTRA, AGVA and the Guild of Italian American Actors, with Theodore Bikel as its Presi... Read More -->

Notice About Illegal Videotaping

Published June 20, 2015   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Some agents are illegally, and without any authorization from employers, videotaping performances of their clients’ singing and dancing, and then releasing those clips on YouTube and other internet sites. Making such recordings and releasing such performances is illegal and, if the performances were recorded while those artists performed in an AGMA house, is also violative of the AGMA collective bargaining agreements with those employers and is a tortious interference with those contracts. We have advised YouTube accordingly so that it may delete any such clips. We are advising all of our signatory employers of this problem and that, to comply with our contracts, they must confiscate the unauthorized video camera and eject the photo... Read More -->