Kate Harold is Director of Artist & Industry Relations and the Gold & Platinum Awards Program at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in Washington DC, a post she’s held since 2007. A seasoned music executive with a decade of experience on both coasts, Harold coordinates the intersection of the recording industry's policy initiatives and artist outreach, helping to build the united front of today's music community. Harold also develops creative and non-profit partnerships that are a hallmark of the music industry. As Director of the Gold & Platinum Awards Program, which spans more than 50 years and is the longest-running objective measure of achievement for sound recordings in the United States, Harold runs all operations and initiatives for the program.
Prior to her work at the RIAA, Harold was Manager of Motion Picture Music at Miramax Films in Los Angeles, working as an in-house music supervisor and negotiating major motion picture licensing agreements. She also spent 3 years at Sony Music Entertainment in New York, rising from executive assistant to the president of Epic Records to executive assistant to the COO of Sony BMG.
In her spare time, Harold works with several charity organizations. She is an activist for the LGBT community, where she’s worked as a volunteer facilitator at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. She is also a member of the Sumba Foundation, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to the impoverished Indonesian island of Sumba by fostering village-based projects that impact health (including services and malaria control) and education. Harold visited the island on a humanitarian mission where she distributed malaria nets and painted murals with children at a local school.
Harold graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, with a B.A. from the School of Cinema-Television and a minor in business.