April 10th, 2021 at 12:00Pm (Noon) EST
– OSHAWA MUSIC WEEK –
ACHIEVING BALANCE: Social Media & Mental Health in Music
Join our panelists Ace Piva, Errin Williams, Chris Bovie, Kathryn Hummel, and Kristel Jax for a conversation around the effects of having a consistent social media presence that is required in many jobs in the music industry. The topics addressed will range from the negative impact social media has on people’s mental health, strategies to create a balance between online and offline life, and how to connect with others while creating a safe space on social media.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020 AT 8 PM EST – 10 PM EST
Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert
Canada’s beloved artist community will come together with the Unison Benevolent Fund – an assistance program that provides discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis – to host Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert – a virtual concert celebration in support of the Canadian music and entertainment industry on Sessions Live, Thursday, December 17th beginning at 8:00 pm ET.
Featuring Iskwe + Tom Wilson, Jim Cuddy, July Talk, Matthew Good, members of Mother Mother, Neon Dreams, Ruth B., Sam Roberts Band, Sarah Harmer, Scott Helman, Tim Hicks, The Glorious Sons, Tom Jackson and more, the virtual event that includes elements of live along with newly pre-recorded performances, will draw attention to the increased demand and urgency to support the Canadian music industry during this difficult time as their need for support substantially increases with so many music people out-of-work and in-need due to the pandemic.
Tickets for the event are $30 (taxes included) and can be purchased at http://www.sessionslive.com/canadainunison/tickets beginning today at 8:00 am ET.
All proceeds and donations collected from the Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert will support the Unison Benevolent Fund – amplifying their efforts and focus on helping those most in need.
Wed, October 14, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Unison Benevolent Fund – Webinar for S.A.C. Members
Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis and hardship through emergency financial assistance and counselling services.
S.A.C members can now sign up for an exclusive webinar lead by Unison staff giving a complete overview of everything Unison has to offer for free to songwriters, musicians, and music professionals in Canada.
During this webinar, attendees will learn about all of the tools members can access, with demonstrations on how each of the programs work so music creators can get the assistance they need with ease during these troubling times we are all facing together.
About Songwriters Association of Canada
The S.A.C. is community of songwriters here to support each other in the creative journey. We advocate on behalf of Canadian songwriters to protect the value of our work.
Being a member has many privileges including opportunities to network, get your music heard, hone your craft, and protect your music. Why not join today and start connecting with others through our online community?
Recorded Monday, September 21, 2020 – 2:00pm EST via ZOOM
Mental Health & the Music Industry: Maintaining Wellness in Isolated Times
Carmen Elle – Artist & Public Speaker
Kathryn Hummel – Director Of A&R, Marketing And Business Development, Royalty Records
Dayana Romero – Psychotherapist and Owner, Romero Psychotherapy and Renova
Denise Waligora – Training and Delivery Specialist, Mental Health First Aid Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Sarah Hagerman – Industry and Events Management, Unison Benevolent Fund & Artist (Mary Moxxie)
THE JUNO AWARDS – MARCH 13 – 15, 2020 – SASKATOON, SK – CANCELLED
The JUNO Awards, Unison Benevolent Fund and Fit On Tour partnered this year to offer the music community complimentary fitness classes in Saskatoon to keep health & fitness top of mind during the week is Saskatoon!
Full Body Workouts Crew House – a one of a kind boutique fitness studio located in the heart of Riversdale Saskatoon. Classes are available Friday through Sunday.
Donation option available for Unison Fund at registration.
YOGA – with teacher Ryan Leier who has been described as not so much a person but an experience for a one-hour session in the host hotel (Delta Bessborough) on Sunday March 15th, from 8:30AM – 9:30AM to get your zen on before the awards. Also there will be refreshments provided by local companies Three Farmers and Thrive Juice Co.
Throughout the week of the JUNOS, we will be discussing healthy habits on our platforms and those of you choosing healthy options throughout the week are encouraged to use the #JUNOFuel hashtag.
JANUARY 25TH, 2020 – RED DEER, ALBERTA – ACMA ROUND TABLES
UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND – HELP IN A CRISIS: Kathryn Hummel
More details to come….
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 Time: 12pm – 3pm
Women Making Moves in Music – A 360 Perspective
Join us for an afternoon of listening, learning and discussion about the challenges in today’s music industry, as explored from a female perspective.
This respected panel will include a Label Manager, Artist Manager, Festival Producer, Record Producer/Songwriter, and successful Recording Artist.
Each of these women will share how they grew into their positions, and discuss the opportunities that exist for successful careers in the music industry.
The panel will be followed by a Q + A session and a round table group sessions with attendees.
Kathryn Hummel (Royalty Records Inc., Hummel Management, Unison Benevolent Fund)
Tracey Singer (K Music Management)
Jess Moskaluke (Recording Artist- MDM Recordings)
Becca Hess (Director of Operations – Rockin’ River Music Fest)
Louise Burns (Record Producer/Writer- 604 Records)
Karen Lee Batten (Independent Artist & Entertainment Promoter)
SEPTEMBER 7th, 2019 – HEALTH & WELLNESS AT COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK – CALGARY, AB
10:00AM Fan Village – Goat Yoga 321-11th Ave SE. Calgary (Cowboys Tent)
Ever tried child’s post with a goat on your back, next to a celebrity? What are you waiting for? Bring your tights, your mat, a water bottle and a sense of adventure! Join in on goat yoga with some of our #Goats
10:30AM – 12:30PM CCMA Seminar Series: Round Tables Presented by rdr Music Group
Telus Convention Centre, Glen 201+202 – Calgary, AB
Meet with our friends from Unison Benevolent Fund whom are participating in Country Music Week with the Canadian Country Music Association! Find them at the CCMA Round Tables on Sept. 7th to learn more about Unison and wellness in the music industry.
The CCMA Round Table Session offers newcomers a chance to sit down with trade experts and glean some of the wisdom years of experience has afforded them. From honing your craft, to gaining and keeping an audience, and having longevity in the industry, this session is tailor-made for whatever focus the participants want addressed. Featuring titans from all aspects of the industry, this is a must-hit session for those looking for some advice, ideas, mentorship, and direction on next-steps in their careers.
September is Arthritis Awareness Month and this year The Arthritis Society are highlighting the relationship between Arthritis & Women.
The numbers speak for themselves. And they need to change.
- 1 in 4 Canadian Women have arthritis.
- 3.5 million women are living with the devastating effects of this disease today.
- Over half of Canadian women with arthritis are younger than 65.
If we don’t take action, this is set to rise to over 5 million women by 2040.
AUGUST 16th, 2019 – NORTHERN POWER SUMMIT – TORONTO, ON
PANEL TOPIC – The Good Life (2:10PM- 2:40PM)
Featuring Kathryn Hummel, Preetam Sengupta, Chris Atwell
Much has been made about the rockstar lifestyle over the years. The road, the parties, the long nights. If that is still the perception, how does it compare with reality? How do musicians take care of themselves? This panel will discuss the importance of artists looking after their mental and physical health whether at home or on the road.
JUNE 19TH, 2019 – A2IM INDIE WEEK – NEW YORK, NY
Mental Health: How To Combat Mental Health Issues Facing Our Industry
New York Law School 185 W Broadway 10013 / 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM – Floor 4 – W401
Working in the music industry can be challenging for artists and industry workers alike. Industry burnout, suicide, and mental health are issues that need our attention. This will be an open conversation on ways we can address mental health issues and smash associated stigmas. How can we make sure our industry peers are protected and be responsible partners to the artists we represent.
Jess Caragliano • Founder • CEO | Terrorbird Media
Kathryn Hummel • Artist Manager •General Manager • Director of A&R and Marketing • Consultant |Hummel Entertainment |Royalty Records |Unison Benevolent Fund | Hummel Wellness
Jennifer Leff • Senior Director | MusiCares
Dr. Ying Zhen • Associate Professor of Business & Economics | Wesleyan College
Ava TrillingMusician • Artist | Forth Wanderers | Sub Pop
JUNE 15TH, 2019 – CMAONTARIO CONFERENCE – OTTAWA, ON
Getting to the Next Level Performance with Physical & Mental Wellbeing
Presented by Unison Benevolent Fund
3:00PM – NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
How do you prepare for a performance? It can be a huge undertaking without the proper knowledge of how to handle the stress, overstrain injuries, late nights and poor nutrition and all the other common challenges the working country artist and their team face. What if there was a way to increase your stamina to practice and perform without pain? What if you knew what kind of food would fuel you and give you energy for the show? What if there was a way to channel that anxiety into excitement before a performance? What if you could find a way to sleep and recover so that you can bring your “A” game every time you step on stage? Get the answers to all these questions and step up your performance through proven physical and mental self-care strategies. In this hands-on discussion, Certified Musician Fitness Professional Mike “The Rock Doctor” Schwartz will debunk the 3 most common wellness myths amongst the music industry and walk us through performance prep methods that’ll change the game for any artist who is serious about taking their career to the next level.
Mike Schwartz, The Rock Dr.
JUNE 11TH, 2019 – HARRIS PARK PAVILION – LONDON, ON
7:00pm – Group Conversation
8:00pm – Stretch | Workout | Yoga
Stepping away from the excitement and beauty of music is an extensive and intense industry that can be incredibly taxing on an individual. This installment of #MusicTalks event is a focused on mental health, wellness and physical well-being for those working in the demanding industry. The event starts with a discussion that brings together representatives from the UNISON Benevolent Fund, Hummel Wellness, Fit On Tour, Full Body Efficiency Treatment and local musicians. Discussions will cover a wide variety of topics including how to live a balanced life, looking after yourself mentally/physically and preparing yourself for the challenging hours and work you face in the music industry as many of the jobs in the music business work outside the traditional 9 – 5pm.
Musicians work can be very isolating at times and is noted as having one of the highest depression rates in the workforce. These issues are then amplified by working long hours and in many cases isolation. Finding ways to cope can be difficult and many music industry professionals. Often times they lack a support network or employee benefits that are readily available through many traditional employeers. Opening the conversation about these issues and how to overcome will be a central theme. The goal of this workshop is to assist in finding a balanced approach to life that enables music sector workers to succeed and find longevity in the business.