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WEBINAR ALERT! Union Organizing Webinars Now Available

Published May 24, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

WATCH Earlier this month, AGMA hosted two free and public webinars, "Organizing the Opera World" and “Organizing the Dance World.” These webinars were designed for those who have yet to form a union, so please feel free to share with your non-union friends! The webinars focused on union organizing – what it is, how it’s done, who the decision-makers are, and why the opera and dance worlds would be better, safer, and stronger if all artists in the United States unionized and became AGMA artists. Special thanks to Board members Helena Brown, Brian August, Eric Ferring, Daniel Pratt, and Corey Bourbonniere for their participation. A note of thanks also to Sarah Daley-Perdomo, one of AGMA's delegates for her participatio... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Cincinnati Opera

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The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Cincinnati Opera was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. Let’s celebrate some gains! There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to Principal Artists, Staging Staff, and Young Artists; DEI; compensation and reimbursements; and updated language regarding dues deductions and individual artist agreements, including the use of digital contracts. HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS 3% increase in Year 1 (which includes the 2022 summer season)3% increase in Year 22% increase in Year 3Compensation for commercial recording projectsIncreased retirement contribution rates,... Read More -->

AGMA Black Caucus Announces June 6 Roundtable Discussion

Published May 23, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Black Caucus is excited to host “21-22 Season in Review” on Monday, June 6, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. Join the AGMA Black Caucus for a roundtable discussion on returning to the stage in the 21-22 season. All Black AGMA Artists in good standing are encouraged to participate in this conversation. Register here. The Zoom details will be sent in the days leading up to June 6. ... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 4-Year Agreement with Houston Ballet

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The new collective bargaining agreement between AGMA and Houston Ballet was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to compensation; I.D.E.A. and anti-harassment provisions; and a number of other beneficial gains. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 4-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: Year 1: flat-rate increase of $50.03/week for each Artist(Equivalent to between 2.75% and 8.5% varied by rank)Year 2: 3% for all ranksYear 3: 3.5% for all ranksYear 4: 3.5% for all ranksSignificant increases (20%) to Artists as Choreographer compensationStage Ma... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies 3-Year Agreement with Colorado Ballet

Published May 19, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Colorado Ballet's new collective bargaining agreement was ratified by AGMA leadership, after being overwhelmingly approved by the shop. There have been multiple additions and improvements to the contract language, particularly when it comes to compensation; DEI and anti-harassment provisions; increase to seniority in each year, and additional time added to maternity/partner leave in addition to current sick leave. Thank you to the negotiating committee and congratulations on this 3-year agreement! HIGHLIGHTS: COMPENSATION: INCREASES: Year 1: Increases between 6% and 15% (varied by rank)Year 2: 4% for all ranksYear 3: 3.5% for all ranks SENIORITY PAYMENTS: Year 1: $8.00Year 2: $8.25Year 3: $8.50 MATCHING RETIR... Read More -->

Rhonda Murray Named Executive Director of the AGMA Retirement Plan and Health Fund

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Following a comprehensive search, Rhonda Murray has been named Executive Director of the AGMA Retirement Plan and Health Fund. Murray has a proven track record of over 20 years of experience successfully managing health and welfare benefit programs for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She is a graduate of AMP (Administrators Masters Program). “I’m looking forward to cultivating the Funds’ relationship with both AGMA members and its signatory companies, and to strengthening their knowledge of their benefits,” shared Murray, whose official start date was May 2. Prior to the Funds, she worked for the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) Local 1957 as their Fund Administrator. Before that, Murray worked at... Read More -->

Registration Reminder: Staging Staff Caucus Social Hour Event

Published May 17, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is hosting its first-ever virtual Social Hour on Monday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The goal of Social Hour is to have fun and build relationships between colleagues across the country. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to join, even just to pop in and say hello! Please register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to do so again. The Zoom details will be sent before May 23! ... Read More -->

AGMA stands in Solidarity with Arts Teachers, Staff at the Chicago High School for the Arts

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AGMA supports Arts teachers and office staff in Chicago in their quest to join the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU). Academic teachers at the Chicago High School for the Arts have been part of the Chicago Teachers' Union since 2018, but as of yet, the school’s main office staff and Arts teachers (“teaching artists”) – from the voice teachers to the visual arts instructors – have not been permitted by the school to join. Just under 70% of the Arts teachers/office staff have signed the petition to become part of CTU and they submitted their request to the school’s Board in April, and saw their request rejected! Every worker should have the right to unionize and improve their workplace - especially one that already has a percen... Read More -->

AGMA and SDC Announce New Partnership

Published May 12, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today, the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO (AGMA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have announced a reciprocal agreement that will build on and strengthen the existing partnership between the two national labor unions. AGMA members include singers, dancers, and staging staff in opera, ballet and concert dance, and concert choral performance in the United States. SDC Members include professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States. SDC and AMGA first partnered in May 2020, when they jointly engaged an Expert Medical Advisory Panel to create the highly acclaimed AGMA/SDC Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook, which has been continually updated throughout the pandemic... Read More -->

Staging Staff Caucus Social Hour Event

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

The AGMA Staging Staff Caucus is excited to invite all AGMA Staging Staff members to its first-ever virtual Social Hour on Monday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "We are all used to using Zoom for business-related meetings, and the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus has definitely accomplished a lot on that front! The goal of our Social Hour is to have fun and build relationships between colleagues across the country," said the AGMA Staging Staff Caucus. All AGMA Staging Staff members in good standing are encouraged to join, even just to pop in and say hello! Please register here. The Zoom details will be sent before May 23. ... Read More -->