Kathryn Hummel has extensive knowledge in the music industry, working in and behind the scenes of prestigious artist related companies such as Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, FACTOR and in 2005 launched her own Artist Management and Marketing company.
In early 2017 Kathryn was awarded with the Metalworks Institute “Award of Merit” and in 2012 Hummel Entertainment was nominated for a Canadian Country Music Association Award for “Management Company of the Year.”
Over the past nine years, Hummel created a strategic alignment with Canada’s 2nd oldest independent label, Royalty Records, where Hummel grew her role to oversee the label’s day to day and sat in the position of A&R and Director of Marketing & Promotions for the full-service nationally recognized record label and publisher, with distribution through Sony Music Canada/The Orchard and IDLA.
Early 2019, saw a shift in Hummel’s career path, branching out to combine two passions of both wellness and music, by joining forces with The Unison Fund on a contract basis.
Continuing to bring change to Kathryn’s career path, 2021 saw a major shift with putting her time at Royalty Records behind her after a successful run and developing a bigger role now as Manager, Programs & Services at The Unison Fund.
Over the last 4 years, Hummel has lent her experience to assist in developing panel topics, social media and marketing efforts, contributions to Unison’s blog series, #SelfCareSunday, growing awareness of the organization and overseeing the financial assistance programs offered to Canadian music workers.
Kathryn’s hope is to use the Unison platform as a way to engage the music community to develop healthier habits and create safe spaces during industry-wide events like the JUNOs, ECMAs, CMW etc.
Kathryn is trained and well-versed in the topic of mental health and is focused on bringing more awareness and change to the music industry. She is passionate about the need to take better care of our community and assist in creating more services available to both musicians and industry in need.
HEALTH & WELLNESS BACKGROUND
Right out of high school Kathryn Hummel pursued post secondary education in the child & youth field and volunteered in male young offenders open custody group home ages 15-19, assisted at an alternative school with youth 5-12 & in two group homes for children in crisis. As well as ran anger management & goal setting groups, incorporating music therapy into practices and was a private nanny for 10 + Years.
The last 20 years of Kathryn’s life has been dedicated to this music industry, in roles such as, tour management and artist management, as well as running a record label, are just a few of the many hats she’s worn over the years. Which encompassed, many late nights, lack of sleep, drinking, long work days, lack of food & quality and more stress then one could have ever imagined. As a result she’s experienced many burn outs and was forced to look at the lifestyle that coincided with this career choice.
Kathryn is fortune to pursue a fulfilling career and worked hard to maintain. However has sacrificed many things stay in it. This is definitely a unique industry to work in and although may come with some privileges, it also can come with a price if a work life balance isn’t strived for. Therefor through personal experience spreading information and education about the realness of this industry and how to navigate it, is near to Kathryn’s heart.
Over the last 10 years Kathryn Hummel has shifted her focus to making health a bigger priority in her life and spent many years doing countless hours of research on health and wellness. Kathryn can attest to dealing with depression, anxiety, and was recently diagnosed with multiple autoimmune & chronic illnesses. She is not only been a survivor of mental health challenges, but also had many close friends and relatives battle both mental health, suicide & addiction.
Kathryn Hummel is trained and well versed in the topic of both mental health and is focused on bringing more awareness and change to the music industry. She is passionate about the need to take better care of our community and assist in creating more services available to both musicians and industry in need.