About Me


Cat Bird Biography

Since 2019 I have been Director of Business Development at Linus Entertainment. Linus is the home of Canadian outstanding record labels Stony Plain, True North, Children’s Group and Borealis Records. As the Head of the Marketing Department, I lead a team to publicize and promote recordings around the world.

As Linus Entertainment also runs the administration of IDLA (Independent Distribution & Licensing Agency) I coordinate an international playlist promotion initiative for established recording artists and independent labels that ensures Canadian music is listened to on streaming platforms in all global markets.

Prior to 2019 I ran Catbird.ca, a fundraising company for artists and organizations, that for 12 years represented Canadian artists all over the world. Through my work Catbird.ca raised more than $9-million in funds and has supported musicians, filmmakers, dancers, visual artists, game coders, TV producers and the many thousands of individuals who work in the music industry with these artists.

For more than 30 years I have worked in the entertainment industry, from starting Slap Happy Records, an indie record label and publicity company in the 1990’s, 12 years as the sponsorship and trade show coordinator for the NXNE Music Festival, launching the US bookings department of Paquin Entertainment Agency and being Executive Director for the Songwriters Association of Canada. In between were stints with Now Magazine, Jazz Expo and as an independent concert promoter and tour manager.

My experience as an advisor and consultant in project management and funding has contributed to the success of thousands of artists, organizations and non-profit organizations.

If you are looking for a grant writer, I am recommending my clients speak to shanethompson1992@gmail.com or  funding@submanagementgroup.com to pick up where I left off.