MyAGMA
Home   /   Featured

Plácido Domingo Investigation Update

Published October 2, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

On September 6, 2019, AGMA announced that the union had retained an independent investigator to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Plácido Domingo.  In addition to interviewing our members, we hope to identify any systemic failures within the opera industry which may have allowed the alleged conduct to continue for decades. Today, AGMA learned that Mr. Domingo has resigned as General Director of the Los Angeles Opera.   AGMA's independent investigation will continue despite Mr. Domingo's resignation. "Our internal investigation has never been just about allegations against one individual," said AGMA National Director Len Egert. "AGMA is committed to confronting systemic proble... Read More -->

Update on AGMA’s Anti-Harassment Efforts

Published September 24, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA’s internal investigation regarding the allegations of harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo is underway and ongoing.  We anticipate that the investigation will take ​two to three months to conduct and we cannot comment on specifics. ​In the past few weeks, AGMA has reached out to our members across the country about issues of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  AGMA has been in regular communication with artists and union leaders at affected locations, including Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.  We have encouraged our members to come to the union as a resource to redress and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. For example, AGMA members at the Los Angeles Opera... Read More -->

Congratulations to Barbara Donner – 2019 Recipient of the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award

Published September 19, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA would like to congratulate Barbara Donner, a Stage Manager at Los Angeles Opera, on being one of four recipients of the 2019 Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.  This is a huge honor for any Stage Manager, and especially for someone involved in opera.  The Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Art of Stage Management is regarded throughout the theatrical community as a crowning achievement for a stage manager’s career.  Instituted in 1986, the awards were named for Del Hughes, who had an illustrious career as a Broadway and television stage manager as well as a TV director from 1933 to the 1970s.  Barbara Donner is a highly respected Stage Manager, with 85 production credits at Los Angele... Read More -->

AGMA Ratifies First Contract with Music at Westwood

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

The new contract will cover professional singers performing at concerts at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles and will be effective immediately. Los Angeles, CA (September 18, 2019) – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) announced today that the union has ratified a Collective Bargaining Agreement for the principal singers of Music at Westwood of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California.  The Church presents to the public four concerts a year of both secular and liturgical music (see https://www.westwoodpres.org/worship-music/music-at-westwood).   The new three-year agreement, the first of its kind for AGMA-covered artists, establishes market rates for concert work with significant raises over ... Read More -->

Reporting Harassment to AGMA

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

On September 6, 2019, AGMA announced the opening of an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Placido Domingo.   This investigation is on-going, and AGMA encourages any members who may have information relevant to this investigation to contact AGMA Eastern Counsel Wendy LaManque at wlamanque@musicalartists.org, to be put in touch with Mr. Maffeo’s office.  Members may also contact Mr. Maffeo directly at JBMaffeo@cozen.com or by calling 212-883-4951. As a reminder, AGMA members who experience sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace have the following options for reporting to the union: by speaking to their delegate, contacting their designated... Read More -->

AGMA Opens Independent Investigation Into Allegations Against Plácido Domingo

Published September 6, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor to conduct the Union's investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. Today the American Guild of Musical Artists (“AGMA”) opened its own independent investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against Plácido Domingo. AGMA has retained J. Bruce Maffeo of Cozen O’Connor, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct the Union’s internal investigation. Mr. Maffeo has extensive experience conducting similar investigations on behalf of labor unions. This week the Associated Press published new disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Mr. Domingo. In the wak... Read More -->

A Labor Day Message from AGMA President Ray Menard

Published August 29, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists, Every year on the first Monday of September, our nation takes one day at the end of summer to celebrate the American labor movement and all that it has achieved for our country’s workers. Labor Day is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the brave men and women who fought and died to secure the basic workplace protections we take for granted today. Our work as AGMA members is a continuation of their legacy as we fight to ensure that all AGMA Artists have dignity, safety, and opportunity on every stage and in every rehearsal hall across the country. The holiday is also a time to celebrate all that we have achieved together. Across the United States our Brothers and Sisters have joined together to win the bett... Read More -->

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Plácido Domingo

Published August 23, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA is aware of serious allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women against Plácido Domingo.  We have contacted our employers to demand independent investigations into these allegations.  Additionally, we have reached out to our members in opera companies that may have been affected to offer guidance and support.  As the independent investigation is conducted, we continue to closely monitor this situation, ensuring the safety of our members our first priority.  AGMA condemns all sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and commends those who come forward to report these incidents in their workplaces.  AGMA is fully committed to ensuring that the artists we represent have safe workplaces t... Read More -->

The Actors Fund To Host Upcoming Free Workshops

Published August 2, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Through AGMA's partnership with The Actors Fund, we are thrilled to inform our members of two valuable career workshops to be hosted in the coming weeks at The Actors Fund's New York offices. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? PREVENTING HEARING LOSS Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 RSVP: http://ow.ly/v6zw50vhk2v Does your job require you to spend hours in a studio or on stage surrounded by loud music and large speakers? Are you currently in a show that has loud special effects? Are you constantly asking friends and family to repeat themselves? This seminar will discuss the following topics: How to protect your hearing while on the jobSimple at home treatments for hearing loss or impairmentWhat symptoms to watch out for, and wh... Read More -->

AGMA Organizes Westwood Presbyterian Church Music Group in Los Angeles

Published July 23, 2019   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Professional artists performing at Music of Westwood concert events at Westwood Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles have chosen AGMA as their exclusive bargaining representative Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2019) – The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is proud to announce today that it will now represent the principal singers of Music at Westwood, of the Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.  Based on the unanimous vote of support of its singers, Music at Westwood, the musical non-profit choral concert group at Westwood Presbyterian Church, has voluntarily recognized AGMA as the exclusive bargaining representative of the artists for concert performances.  We applaud this decision by the organization, and acknowle... Read More -->