Kathleen Hale is the founder of Rising Star Music Fund, formerly Sr. Vice President, Universal Music Enterprises, a division of the Universal Music Group. She began her twenty-five-year career with Universal as a paralegal in the Business Affairs Department of MCA Records and together with UME President Bruce Resnikoff created the Universal Music Special Markets division.
Drawing from the world’s largest and most diverse music catalog she created custom music premiums, incentives and retail compilations with such brands as Starbucks, Bellagio, Wrangler, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Target and many others. Throughout her career, she has worked with some of the most popular and influential artists in the music industry including Sting, Elton John, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, and Andrea Bocelli.
She has for many years been a member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Committee for the City of Hope. Through its annual Spirit of Life dinner, it has raised millions of dollars for the City of Hope.
With a life-long passion for music and career as an executive in the music industry, she wanted to share her passion with those that may not otherwise be able to benefit from the power of music. The Rising Star Music Fund was realized after seeing countless music programs eliminated due to budget cuts or the complete lack of funding due to the crumbling economy.