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Guide to the American Guild of Musical Artists Records
||American Guild of Musical Artists.
||American Guild of Musical Artists Records
||1918-1993, (Bulk 1935-1965)
||The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) was founded in 1936 in New York City
to protect the interests of solo musical artists in the field of opera and later expanded
to include dancers, choreographers and some categories of stage managers. The union
became affiliated with the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (known as the
4A's) and established regional offices throughout the United States in addition to
the main New York office. The records of two predecessor organizations, the Grand
Opera Artists Association and the Grand Opera Choral Alliance comprise the earliest
material in the collection. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of AGMA's
New York office, including correspondence, bargaining files and agreements, arbitration
files, internal structure, member correspondence, an early membership ledger, clippings,
convention Proceedings, scrapbooks, and records of guest status fees paid by artists
from abroad. There are also a number of files documenting AGMA's relations with other
theatrical unions, and many failed attempts at mergers between members of the 4A's.
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