AFM Appoints Ken Shirk as Assistant to the President for the Western United States

Film Music Magazine • August 11, 2010

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has announced the appointment of Kenneth Shirk of Local 99 (Portland, OR) to serve as Assistant to the President for the Western United States.

As the AFM’s West Coast representative, Shirk will be based in the Federation’s West Coast Office and will provide service to locals and members in the western United States from that location. He will interface with all Federation Divisions and departments: Electronic Media, Symphonic, Travel & Touring, Organizing & Education, as well as AFM Field Staff. Shirk will provide administrative support to the Director of EMSD in the implementation of that division’s policies and directives.

“To work for the members and locals in this new administration is both an honor and a privilege, and I am looking forward to meeting this new challenge head-on,” said Shirk of his appointment.

“Ken and I attended our first AFM Convention together in 1983 as freshmen delegates,” said AFM President Ray Hair. “Since that time, Ken rose to become one of the Federation’s best administrators and brightest of International Officers. I am delighted to have Ken aboard the Federation’s new team, and I know that we will benefit from his formidable intellect, his boundless energy and his wealth of experience in the months and years ahead,” Hair said.

Shirk’s tenure with the musicians’ union began in 1983, when he served as Secretary-Treasurer for Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA) through 1986, then as Assistant Secretary for the AFM from 1987 to 1990, President of Local 76-493 from 1992 to 1995, and as Secretary-Treasurer for Local 99 (Portland, OR) from 1996 until 2008. Shirk is also a veteran of the International Executive Board, having served from 1991 to 2005. Shirk began his professional career as a Seattle freelance bass trombonist and tuba player in 1976.

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