Eastern Counsel

American Guild of Musical Artists
New York


American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is a labor organization that represents the people who create and present America’s operatic, choral and dance performances across the world. AGMA represents approximately 7500 singers, dancers, performers, and production personnel at all principal opera houses, ballet and modern dance companies in the United States. The Union provides forceful advocacy and defense of its members’ employment and artistic rights and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO; Branch of Associated Actors and Artists of America.

AGMA is expanding. We are seeking an attorney to join our dynamic and experienced senior professional team as an Eastern Counsel. The Eastern Counsel, reporting to the National Executive Director, will function as lead negotiator and administrator for multiple collective bargaining agreements with opera, dance, and concert signatory companies in the Eastern region. Based in the National Office, located in Manhattan, the Eastern Counsel will work closely with leadership and senior staff to provide direct member services including contract negotiations and enforcement; policy implementation, site visits and ensuring healthy and safe working conditions.


  • Serve as lead Negotiator or participate in the negotiation of contracts with employers in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the East Coast as well as other assigned areas.
  • Serve as AGMA’s initial representative for grievances, arbitrations and other administrative hearings, including processing and filing claims and grievances on behalf of members.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day administration of AGMA contracts and coordination of membership functions.
  • Review provisions of collective bargaining agreements and ensure employers are complying with the terms and conditions of agreements.
  • Establish and maintain a positive working relationship with signatories and employers of AGMA members; Delegates; Area leaders; related unions; and government officials.
  • Coordinate negotiating committees and seek input from all affected members.
  • Monitor employer contract waiver requests.
  • Consult on an on-going basis with Senior Staff throughout the country.
  • Conduct regular on-site visits to AGMA nationwide (travel required).
  • Attend shop meetings, rehearsals, performances as necessary.
  • In cooperation with Area leaders, coordinate AGMA membership activities and the work of Local Area Committees. Attend Area meetings.
  • Provide training and union education to new delegates, committees, area chairs and members.
  • Foster relationships with Universities and Conservatories to provide AGMA awareness seminars to Arts students and potential AGMA members.
  • Conduct on-going assessment of shops to recruit, develop and train new leaders.
  • Organize new units and unorganized segments of existing units.
  • Provide outreach and consultation to local and visiting Soloists.
  • Collaborate with Senior Staff to implement policy and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the National Executive Director.


  • Extensive labor negotiating experience required (minimum 5 years).
  • Experience in administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements required.
  • Experience in conducting grievance and arbitration proceedings preferred.
  • Experience in the entertainment industry is a plus.
  • Ability to solve problems and take a proactive approach to member issues.
  • Juris Doctor.

Compensation commensurate with experience, excellent benefit package.

Please send letter of interest and resumè to Denise Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Women, LGBTQI individuals and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For more information please go to www.musicalartists.org.

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