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June 27, 2003

Linda Mays and Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn, president of Actors' Equity and Linda Mays, president of The American Guild of Musical Artists help resolve differences over the jurisdiction of MOVIN' OUT and LA BOHEME

Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), two of the principal AFL-CIO unions representing live performers have reached a groundbreaking agreement resolving all of the jurisdictional issues that have previously divided them. Hailed by their respective Executive Directors as "a step on the road to the exploration of merger", the agreement provides for shared jurisdiction over a newly created category of performances called "crossover productions" which, like the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical MOVIN' OUT and the Baz Luhrmann production of LA BOHEME ON BROADWAY, contain some elements of AEA jurisdiction and some elements of AGMA jurisdiction.

The bilateral Agreement recognizes AEA's expertise in establishing standards for Broadway productions and AGMA's expertise in negotiating contracts for operatic music and ballet dancing. Consequently, contracts for both the New York production and the tour of MOVIN' OUT and contracts for any subsequent crossover productions will be principally negotiated, administered and enforced under traditional AEA provisions, with AGMA's active participation in negotiations and shared Playbill credit.

The Agreement also encompasses mutual pledges from both unions to pro-actively refrain from intruding upon each other's exclusive jurisdictions under, respectively, the Broadway Production Contract and AGMA's contracts with opera companies.

The Agreement also resolves jurisdictional disputes over MOVIN' OUT, BOOBS! THE MUSICAL and Aquila Productions, as well as creating an expeditious system by which to resolve any subsequent disputes over Broadway shows.

Under the new procedure, Theodore Bikel, the President of the 4A's (the AFL-CIO entity that oversees unions representing live performers in the United States) will be given the sole and exclusive authority to determine "crossover" jurisdiction.

The Agreement will expire on December 31, 2005. The term of two and one half years was specifically intended by AEA and AGMA to allow for a reasonably lengthy period of inter-union collegiality during which the two unions could explore the possibilities of a merger or other consolidation, both Executive Directors agreeing that the new entity resulting from such a merger would create an exponentially more powerful labor union.

AEA's President Patrick Quinn and AGMA's President Linda Mays played key roles in concluding the Agreement, negotiations toward which were facilitated by 4A's President Bikel and 4A's Executive Secretary John McGuire.

AEA Executive Director Alan Eisenberg and AGMA Executive Director Alan S. Gordon issued a joint statement, saying that "This Agreement establishes a framework within which the unions representing live performers can move towards an in-depth exploration of a merger or other consolidation, while assuring that both unions, separately and together, can devote their energies toward negotiating the best possible collective bargaining agreements for their respective members. Additionally, we invite the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), which represents the Rockettes, certain types of revues and performers doing individual acts in nightclubs, to participate in these discussions."

Actors' Equity Association represents approximately 45,000 members, and the American Guild of Musical Artists represents 7,000 members. Many performers in principal American cities maintain memberships in both unions.

David Lotz
Director of Communications
June 30, 2003

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