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AGMA UNION ORGANIZING 101 WEBINARS FOR DANCE AND OPERA

Workers across the United States are coming together and exercising their right to speak collectively, form a union, and bargain with their employer to improve their working lives. Professional artists in opera, ballet and concert dance, and concert choral performance love what they do, but they are also workers who deserve a voice in their workplaces and an ability to collectively improve their industries.

The American Guild of Musical Artists will host two FREE “Union Organizing 101” webinars open to the performing arts sector at large.

Griff Braun, National Organizing Director at AGMA, will lead "Organizing the Opera World" on Monday, May 9, and "Organizing the Dance World" on Wednesday, May 11. Each webinar will run for about one hour and will conclude with a Q&A session with AGMA Artists and members of AGMA’s Professional Staff.

SAFE SPACE: Your participation in this webinar will be confidential. By utilizing the webinar platform, AGMA will ensure a safe setting in which you can learn more about unions, AGMA, and collective power.

In order to receive the Zoom details, you must register by Sunday, May 8.

AGMA will host “Organizing the Opera World” on Monday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

REGISTER HERE

This webinar welcomes all professional singers (principal artists / soloists and choristers), dancers, and staging staff in opera in the United States. The subject will be union organizing – what it is, how it’s done, who the decision-makers are, and why the opera world would be better, safer, and stronger if all opera artists in the United States unionized and became AGMA artists.

Many of your questions about unionizing will be addressed:

  • Is it possible for my opera company to become a union company? How?
  • What does it mean to be part of AGMA, and how could it benefit me, my colleagues, and my company? What are the benefits?
  • What is the process for becoming an AGMA company and why hasn’t it happened in my company yet?
  • How might the management at my company react to a unionizing effort?

We hope you join us on May 9. Please spread the word to other professional artists in opera by sharing this link with your network.

AGMA will host “Organizing the Dance World” on Wednesday, May 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

REGISTER HERE

This webinar welcomes all professional dancers and staging staff in ballet and contemporary concert dance in the United States. The subject will be union organizing – what it is, how it’s done, who the decision-makers are, and why the dance world would be better, safer, and stronger if all dance artists in the United States unionized and became AGMA artists.

Many of your questions about unionizing will be addressed:

  • Is it possible for my dance company to become a union company? How?
  • What does it mean to be part of AGMA, and how could it benefit me, my colleagues, and my company? What are the benefits?
  • What is the process for becoming an AGMA company and why hasn’t it happened in my company yet?
  • How might my director/company react to a unionizing effort?

We hope you join us on May 11. Please spread the word to other professional dancers and stage managers in dance by sharing this link with your network.