Kristin Thomson is a social researcher and organizer. From 2001 to 2016, she worked with the Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit that advocates for musicians, managing research projects, organizing events and crafting educational materials. She co-directed the organization’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, which collected data directly from thousands of US-based musicians and composers to better understand the changes in their sources of income.
In the 1990s, she was the co-owner of Simple Machines, a Washington, DC based independent record label that put over seventy records in eight years. The label’s most notable release was not music, but a booklet called The Mechanic’s Guide to Putting Out Records, Cassettes and CDs, which was $1 and explained in plain English the basics of do-it-yourself manufacturing and distribution. During that time, she also played guitar in the band Tsunami, which released four albums on Simple Machines and toured extensively.
Kristin has a BA in Sociology from Colorado College, and a Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from University of Delaware. She currently lives near Philadelphia with her husband Bryan Dilworth, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.