The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds Stands United with IATSE Local One in Metropolitan Opera Lockout

Published December 9, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

December 9, 2020 – In response to the lockout by the Metropolitan Opera against Local One stagehands, members of the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) issued the following statement. As an affiliate of the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One stagehands do not stand alone in the lockout by the Metropolitan Opera. All of the affiliates – many of whom are facing the same draconian, long term wage and condition cuts from the Met Opera management – stand united with our sisters, brothers, and kin in Local One. While workers are furloughed and waiting for live performances to safely return, the Metropolitan Opera has conditioned limited ... Read More -->

AGMA Statement on the Met’s Lockout of Local One

Published December 7, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA received notification today that the Metropolitan Opera has locked out the stagehands of Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. AGMA stands in solidarity with Local One. We encourage AGMA Artists to remain unified with their Local One colleagues as well.  COVID-19 is the most challenging period for the Arts in living memory, but it should not be an excuse for the Met to permanently undermine the contracts of its unionized workers. The Met's workers are the Met; there is no Met without a workforce that can support themselves and their families. We hope that the Met focuses on getting all of its unionized workers back to work, and coming to an agreement with all of its unions, including Local One... Read More -->

AGMA Update: Two Weeks Left to Vote in Constitutional Referendum

Published December 3, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

There are two weeks left to vote in AGMA’s Constitutional Referendum. We hope that you will make your voice heard on this important Referendum. On the ballot, which you should have received from Global Election Services via the email address, you will have a choice to vote for either the “Board of Governors Revision” to the AGMA Constitution, the “Petition Amendments,” or neither. Additionally, you will be asked to vote on the Petitioners’ proposal to increase dues by raising and then eliminating the dues cap, along with a temporary reduction in the initiation fee. The choice is yours to make. In many ways, this vote is a choice between two different visions for our Union. The Board of Governors R... Read More -->

Support AGMA Artists this #GivingTuesday

Published December 1, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA Artists have been out of work since March. Since then, the AGMA Relief Fund experienced a 2,000% increase in applications for assistance; more than it had ever seen in its 75-years of existence. Thankfully, the generosity of previous donors prepared the Relief Fund for a dark crisis such as this. With another wave of COVID-19, comes another wave of grant applications. We need your help so we can continue to provide grants to eligible Artists in danger of not having food, lodging, medication, and other life sustaining necessities. On this #GivingTuesday, there are a number of ways you can support the AGMA Relief Fund. 1)  Donate! Make a gift of any size to the AGMA Relief Fund 2) Shop! Purchases through AmazonSm... Read More -->

AGMA, Lyric Opera of Chicago Reach Agreement

Published November 24, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

November 24, 2020 - The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Lyric Opera of Chicago have reached an agreement to modify their currently existing multi-year labor agreement that extends through the 2020/21 Season. Lyric’s General Director, President, and CEO Anthony Freud cites, “Together, we have reached our goal of providing our artists with clarity and security, despite the loss of the full opera season, the devastating impacts of the pandemic, and this uncertain climate." “We are thankful that we could work together to focus on the health and well-being of the Artists whose talents create the art seen and heard on the Lyric Opera stage,” stated Len Egert, National Executive Director of AGMA. Lyric and AGMA are full... Read More -->

AGMA Statement Regarding the Met’s Proposed Cuts

Published November 23, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists: You may have seen Friday’s article in The New York Times about the Met’s proposed cuts prompted by Mr. Gelb’s remarks to the Company. AGMA was quoted in the article and we wish to expand more on our thoughts and position. AGMA represents the choristers, dancers, soloist singers, stage managers, stage directors, and actors at the Met. Without all of these talented Artists and staging staff professionals, the Met would simply not exist, and no performances would be possible. The Met’s position, that this essential group of Artists agrees to substantial pay cuts, not just during the COVID-19 crisis but long after the return to normal box office revenue, is out of step with the rest of the Opera and Dan... Read More -->

COVID-19 Safety Update to AGMA Members

Published November 19, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

We hope that you remain safe and healthy during these uncertain times. It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen across the country. The number of positive cases in the US has surpassed 160,000 cases in one day. Some states are reevaluating their reopening plans and reinstituting restrictions, though there is great inconsistency in this from state to state. AGMA is closely assessing the situation and how it varies across the country. From the outset, AGMA’s main priorities have been the health, safety, and livelihood of our members. With no available vaccine, hospitals once again under strain, and deaths from the virus still on the rise, AGMA has recommitted to working collaboratively with our companies to mitigat... Read More -->

AGMA’s Constitutional Referendum Begins MONDAY

Published November 13, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

November 13, 2020 - The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) has announced it will hold a Constitutional Referendum. For the first time in many years, the AGMA Constitution will be getting an update. This Referendum is the culmination of more than a year of work by AGMA’s elected member-leaders, who have been working to revise and fix AGMA’s Constitution since last fall. On October 28, the AGMA Board of Governors approved and recommended to AGMA’s membership the “Board of Governors Revision,” a comprehensive rewrite of the AGMA constitution designed to improve AGMA’s governance, increase transparency, and make AGMA’s foundational document more accessible to the membership. The Board of Governors Revision focuses o... Read More -->

Constitutional Referendum Update from AGMA President

Published November 10, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Dear AGMA Artists: The right of the members to recall their elected leaders for serious misconduct is a hallmark of a functioning democratic union. AGMA would never intentionally strip you of that right. Since releasing the details of the Board of Governors Revision of the Constitution, some members have raised concerns that the Revision removes this right. I am writing to reassure you that this will not happen should the Board of Governors Revision be approved. To be clear, the ability and procedure for AGMA members to sign a petition triggering a recall election for a National Officer or a member of the Board of Governors was never in our Constitution. Instead, this provision was contained in AGMA’s Bylaws. In rewriting the Co... Read More -->

Announcement Regarding AGMA’s Upcoming Constitutional Referendum

Published October 28, 2020   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas The following memo was sent to AGMA members on 10/28/2020: We are excited to bring you an important announcement about the future of AGMA. Next month, on November 16, AGMA will begin a referendum vote to revise our union Constitution. We wanted to let you know how we got here and to encourage you to vote in the referendum. AGMA’s Constitution is our foundational governing document. It’s the most important document in the union and serves as our “rules for the road.” Our Constitution hasn’t been meaningfully updated in some time, which has lead to some problems along the way. Since 2019, AGMA’s Constitutional Working Group which is part of the Administration and Policy Committee ... Read More -->