Sexual harassment, problems with agents, and questionable practices are problems in every talent-driven business. Sadly, modeling is no exception.
MODEL ALLIANCE SUPPORT is a service for Model Alliance members. We offer this fully free and discreet assistance service in conjunction with executives from Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists. They advise the Model Alliance and enable Alliance members to report and seek assistance with complaints about inappropriate on-the-job conduct, agent issues or work related problems.
Equity and the Guild are part of the AFL-CIO and they collaborate on issues that affect live performance talent.
FREE AND DISCREET REPORTING OF QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES
A service for members of the Model Alliance, provided under the auspices of
Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) and
The American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO (the Guild).
Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault are no part of the “creative process.” They’re against the law. No model has to tolerate any sort of unwanted or inappropriate conduct. No model has to feel pressured to undress.
Opaque accounting, unresponsive representation, one-sided agreements and payment delays are questionable practices at best, and often unacceptable.
We can help.
Now, any Model Alliance member can safely and privately report, or request assistance with, work related problems, instances of harassment, abuse, or any such sort of unwanted or inappropriate conduct to MODEL ALLIANCE SUPPORT, a service provided to the Model Alliance by the two unions representing other performing talent throughout the United States.
Members can get quick, confidential assistance at Modelassistance@aol.com or by calling any of the people listed below to report or request assistance. Although they cannot provide legal advice, if your issues require the assistance of an attorney, they will advise you accordingly and can assist you in finding one. For access to our Model Alliance Support service, be sure to sign up for membership here.
Deborah Allton-Maher Flora Stamatiades Alan S. Gordon
Guild Equity Guild
212-265-3687 212-869-8530 212-265-3687
Alan S. Gordon is a labor and entertainment attorney who is the National Executive Director of AGMA, the labor organization that represents opera singers and ballet dancers in the United States. An expert in collective bargaining for live performers, aspects of his career have been fictionalized in the motion pictures Nuts and Norma Rae.
Deborah Allton-Maher is the Associate Executive Director of AGMA, an employment and labor attorney and a retired ballerina who danced for twenty years in the Corps de Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera. She has a B.A. from Juilliard and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Flora Stamatiades is the National Director of Organizing and Special Projects of Equity, the union that represents actors in the United States. She has a B.A. from Amherst and an M.F.A. from Yale.
ENTIRELY FREE, DISCREET & VOLUNTARY