Patrick Shelton (he/him/his) has joined AGMA’s professional staff as one of the New York Business Representatives. Originally from Long Island, and after many years living in Boston and Chicago, he is looking forward to returning home.
“We are thrilled to have Patrick join this team,” said Sam Wheeler, National Executive Director, AGMA. “His track record when it comes to organizing is indisputable. His longstanding commitment to the labor movement within the Performing Arts, and his experience as an Operatic Soloist, is a tremendous and invaluable asset.”
Shelton attended New England Conservatory and Roosevelt University and has worked as a Young Artist and Operatic Soloist. He has performed with AGMA and non-AGMA signatories, and served on the AGMA Board of Governors and the last AGMA Chautauqua Opera Negotiating Committee. In addition, he has served as the meeting facilitator for Soloist Coalition Young Artists (SCYA), organizing Young Artists, through the pandemic, as well as providing support and educational opportunities during this difficult period. After transitioning away from singing professionally, he has spent the last two years working in the recruiting space for a tech startup as a Team Lead.
As a New York Business Representative, Shelton will often be working alongside Eastern Counsel Annie Hollister on a number of initiatives, including several contract negotiations. His first official day at AGMA was July 5. He is excited to bring his lifelong passion for the labor movement, administrative skills, and experience in the Arts to this position. With a commitment to a more equitable and progressive industry, Patrick looks forward to serving AGMA’s membership.