The American Guild of Musical Artists, the AFL-CIO (AGMA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have reached a new reciprocal agreement, the two organizations announced Thursday.
The unions, which previously collaborated on the “Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook” to determine safety best practices throughout the pandemic, will offer a 50% reduction in initiation fees if members of one choose to join the other. New members will still need to abide by the rules and policies of this union in order to be successfully admitted as a member.
AGMA represents musicians and performers, while SDC members include a roster of directors and choreographers.
Robert O’Hara, who directed “Slave Play” on Broadway in 2019 and his comeback engagement this season, will be the first artist to take advantage of the reciprocal deal.
“AGMA and SDC have been working together for some time,” AGMA National Executive Director Sam Wheeler said in a statement. “AGMA and SDC share members, workplaces and a vital interest in the arts in the United States. This agreement expands our partnership and provides direct benefits of the AGMA and SDC collaboration to our members. We are excited to see where this dynamic partnership will take us next.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with AGMA and support members of both unions,” said Laura Penn, Executive Director of SDC in the press release. “There are currently 40 people who are members of both AGMA and SDC. But there are many other SDC members who work in opera, and hundreds of AGMA members who identify as directors and choreographers. This agreement will facilitate their movement between opera and theater jurisdictions and support directors and choreographers in their exploration of new artistic opportunities.