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News about the Metropolitan Opera Negotiations


Problems Abound as Gelb Prepares for Lockout


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Prelude to a Lockout: Doubling Down on a False
Narrative

By Kevin Case

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Memo to AGMA-represented Principal Artists

By Alan Gordon

Regarding Update on Met Negotiations

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Save the Metropolitan Opera

Congratulations and thanks to our committee members who joined

IATSE’s Met wardrobe department for this terrific photo!!!

 

PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE NOTICE

To All Plan B Participants 

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) prohibits the continued existence of standalone health reimbursement plans like AGMA Health Plan B. The Plan’s Union Trustees, Employer Trustees and the Plan’s lawyers have spent the past year trying to find a way in which to let members continue to use the money currently in their Plan B accounts.

The Trustees and the Trust’s lawyers have determined that the only way in which to comply with the law and to allow maximum use of the funds in their Plan B accounts by the largest number of participants was to ‘freeze’ the accounts going forward effective September 1, 2014.

Plan B will thus be amended so that accounts with contributions received by August 31, 2014 will be segregated and no further amounts will be credited to such accounts.  Such “frozen” accounts will not be thereafter increased based on contributions received after September 1, 2014 or any interest crediting.  Such accounts will continue to be subject to the current administrative rules.  (Forfeited amounts will continue to be allocated to Plan A and B expenses based on the current rules).

Participants may continue to receive reimbursement from their frozen accounts based on the traditional rules, EXCEPT that no one may be reimbursed for premiums for individual health insurance policies or for copays incurred under such individual policies.   In other words, claims incurred before or after September 1, 2014 are eligible for reimbursement from frozen accounts subject to the above restriction on individual insurance policies as well as the applicable Plan rules (including the deadline for claims submission).

Going forward, AGMA intends to amend all of its contracts so that there will be no further contributions to Plan B. Instead, contributions that previously were directed to Plan B under current contracts will now be directed into individual retirement accounts in your name in the AGMA Retirement Plan.

Obviously, we recognize that this change will disadvantage some current Plan B participants. Please keep in mind that the Affordable Care Act prevents the continuation of current Plan B rules and necessitated these changes, and that all other possible changes would have disadvantaged far more members far more seriously. Also, despite the similarity of names, the AGMA Health Plan is not AGMA and the AGMA Trustees on the Plan had no choice but to comply with the law.

Please note: Different rules affect employers that offer both Plan A & Plan B (or allow the direction of Plan A contributions to Plan B), and members at those companies can contact their local Area representative or the National Office with questions for guidance, although the only definitive answers regarding the rules of the Plan can come from Derek Davis, AGMA Health Fund Executive Director, at (212) 765-3664.

To find your current Plan B balance, sign in at www.asonet.com, or call Administrative Services Only toll-free at (866) 263-1185 for help. 

 

Affordable Live/Work Space for Artists in Harlem

There is a very exciting new affordable housing opportunity for artists in Manhattan. El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 (http://www.artspace.org/our-places/el-barrio-s-artspace-ps109) is currently completing construction of 90 live/work units and 10,000 square feet of arts and cultural space in a historic, converted school house in East Harlem. The units will be rented by lottery and applications can be submitted online through the New York City Housing Connect website: www.nyc.gov/housingconnect.
This website requires you to set up a profile. Applications are available now and must be postmarked or submitted online no later than July 14, 2014. Income eligibility guidelines and further instructions can be found at
https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/AdvertisementPdf/96.pdf.

Applicants who are artists and live in New York City will receive a general preference for apartments. The developer, Artspace (http://www.artspace.org/), employs a broad definition of “artist,” which includes many creative pursuits, including all aspects of the performing arts and entertainment. To qualify as an artist, applicants need not derive their income from their art. Keep in mind that The Actors Fund is not directly involved in the ownership, management, or tenant selection process for PS 109. We are simply working to make this information available to the performing arts and entertainment community.

STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS

FOUNDATION

OUTSIDE OPPORTUNITY  
The Pennsylvania State University seeks emerging professional directors for its unique,
three-year, financially supported, MFA Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage program, headed by Susan H. Schulman.  

The deadline for initial applications for the fall of 2015 is October 6, 2014.  

Penn State provides complete financial support for each graduate student. Assistantships include full tuition waiver and a yearly cash stipend (approximately $13,650, including summer; years 2-3 approximately $13,050). Graduate students will assist in Theatre 100 and various other studios. During the summer following the first year in residence, all graduate students in theatre spend a five week session studying in London. Additional international travel opportunities are available.   

This unique Master of Fine Arts degree program combines traditional director training with the special tools needed for directing in the professional musical theatre. Integrated into the School’s other MFA programs and it's nationally recognized Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, the applicant will train with acting, dance, voice, and design faculty. The degree candidate will direct a minimum of five projects including a fully mounted thesis production. The program includes several onsite interactions with directors and designers during pre-production and tech in New York City. Students will also intern with a master director on a professional Musical Theatre production. Included in the program is attendance at several Broadway shows per season.  

For more information, go to http://theatre.psu.edu/programs/theatre-mfa-directing

And don’t forget to apply to SDCF’s Observership Program by May 30 to be eligible
for 25 paid opportunities shadowing master directors and choreographers!  

Visit sdcfoundation.org for information, program guidelines and application.

 

 

ATTENTION ARTISTS WITH FUTURE CONTRACTS

AT SAN DIEGO OPERA:

As you know, San Diego Opera has announced that it's going out of business at the end of the season. If you have a contract for future work at San Diego Opera, please e-mail a copy of that contract to AGMANY@aol.com or fax it to 212 262 9088.

 

 

Attention New York City Opera singers:


New York City Opera has filed for bankruptcy protection. AGMA is preparing a claim on behalf of AGMA artists who have contracts to perform in any production scheduled for the 2013-2014 season. In order to file an accurate claim please send a copy of your contract to Candace Itow by email (citow@musicalartists.org), fax (212-262-9088) or regular mail to the national office as soon as possible. It does not matter whether NYCO returned a fully executed copy to you, since use of your name in publicity indicates that there is a pursuable commitment. In addition please include contact information that you would like us to use to contact you.

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR CONTRACTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 


 

 

 

The Performers in Transition Arts Management Training Program

This is a program designed to train professional performing artists with a dedication to transition into arts management. The program will run from September 2013 to May 2014 and combines arts management training with applied experience in producing a performance with a Brooklyn-based organization.  It is offered in conjunction with the Brooklyn Academy of Music Professional Development Program. Participants will complete six management seminars hosted at BAM and shadow a Brooklyn-based producing organization. This program is designed specifically for dancers, actors, and musicians nearing or at the end of their professional performance career. Participation is free of charge for successful applicants. 

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GOOD NEWS – Money for our Opera Pacific Members!!


AGMA is delighted to report the recovery of $252,768.54 in bankruptcy court.

AGMA asserted a claim against the Company’s bankrupt estate for pay owing to members under the “pay or play” clause of our contract for cancelled performances (specifically, for the cancelled 2009 productions of Grapes of Wrath and Salome.) After resolving litigation in bankruptcy court, AGMA was successful in recovering the sum of $252,768.54, which we are in the process of finalizing the distribution to members who were due pay under the “pay or play” clause.

Deadline for returning release forms is May 1, 2013
 
If you have any questions or concerns, you may call (310-215-9554) or email John Russum at ,
by fax (212-262-9088) or regular mail to the national office as soon as possible. It does not matter whether NYCO returned a fully executed copy to you, since use of your name in publicity indicates that there is a pursuable commitment. In addition please include contact information that you would like us to use to contact you.

 

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR CONTRACTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

 

 

AGMA is proud to announce that the New Delegate Handbook is here!

Go to the Members Only Section of our site by clicking "Members Only" above

Login and click on the "Delegates" link to the left

Then click on "Delegate Handbook" link in the dropdown menu

Thank you to MMRC
for all of their efforts in providing this valuable tool to AGMA Delegates.

 


AGMA and Actors’ Equity Make Peace

Of special interest to members is the fact that now members of either union can attend the other union’s auditions.

AGMA members in good standing for at least one year and
who have worked under an AGMA contract may join Equity
by virtue of membership in AGMA. 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.


Additionally, current member of Actors’ Equity may join AGMA as an affiliate union. In such a case, only half the Initiation Fee and $78 for annual Basic Dues 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.

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Celebrate AGMA's 75th anniversary! You know you want it –– your very own AGMA 75th Anniversary coffee mug, or t-shirt, or water bottle! We now have an online store that sells shirts, mugs, and other fun items with AGMA's snazzy new 75th anniversary logo on it. Whether you need another dance shirt or just want to share the celebration with family and friends, you can find new AGMA memorabilia for sale at AGMA's online store: CLICK HERE . One dollar of the purchase of each item is a direct donation to the AGMA Relief Fund.

 

 

Brooklyn’s Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center has announced an initiative called the Artist Access program that allows artists to exchange patient services for health care credits.

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Discounts for AGMA Members
AGMA members in good standing are eligible for a number of great discounts. 
Go to the Members Only section by clicking the Members Only button on the top banner above, login and view our various discounts with instructions on how to access them.

For AGMA discounts through Union Plus 
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If you know of additional discounts that are available to
AGMA members, please email the information to the AGMA office .
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AGMA has created a new facebook page

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Guest Artist Agreement Now in Place: 
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Agreement Document

Notice about illegal videotaping

Code of Standards for Agents and Managers 

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