Individuals (Union Members)

For individuals who are members of a union (e.g. AFM, AGMA, IATSE ), the terms and conditions for that individual’s participation in an electronic media activity are usually specified in the basic local collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or a national union agreement.

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is a national union that represents singers (soloists and chorus) that are employed by some symphony orchestras.  Those symphony orchestras with AGMA collective bargaining agreements (CBA) should contact either their AGMA Regional representative or the national office of AGMA in order to negotiate the terms and conditions for electronic media activities that are not already covered by the CBA.  The national AGMA office has the authority to represent its union members in negotiating terms for electronic media activities with each symphony orchestra.  (There are no standard AGMA terms that apply to all symphony orchestras.)

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is the union that represents stagehands that are employed by some symphony orchestras.  Although there is a national IATSE office, the terms and conditions governing the employment of electronic media activities are usually negotiated with the Local IATSE office.

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) represents the musicians and (some) librarians that are employed by some symphony orchestras.  The terms and conditions governing their participation in an electronic media activity are specified either in the basic local collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or a national union agreement, or subject to local negotiation on a case by case basis.   General guidelines for obtaining the rights of musicians for electronic media activities are covered in the AFM section.