The fund will be used to assist hundreds of AGMA members in New Orleans area, many of whom are associated with New Orleans Opera, as well as other performing artists. Donations can be made via the AGMA web site, www.musicalartists.org.
The site also provide artists in the area with information about requesting assistance, and will soon provide help with communication to New Orleans residents who have no telephone service.
In a statement, AGMA leaders said they were working to coordinate their efforts with other performing-arts unions.
Linda Mays, AGMA's national president, said, "I have no doubt that the performing arts community throughout the United States, and all of organized labor will, as they have done in the past, rise to the challenge of helping our brothers and sisters who have suffered this unimaginable loss."