For over 30 years, Kathy Peck has been at the forefront of cutting edge music, community enrichment, and health advocacy and reform. From her deep involvement in pioneering the cultural movement known as “Punk and New Wave” to spearheading a nationwide call for innovative ways to prevent hearing loss, Peck has delivered visionary leadership to multi- generations of music lovers, musicians – and beyond. Her 25+ year founding organization HEAR (www.hearnet.com) has redefined the tools, language, and image surrounding hearing loss prevention both in San Francisco and around the world, attracting support and partnerships with high profile recording artists, health organizations, and media-enriched museums and concert events. From distributing free earplugs and hearing loss prevention materials at concert venues to upholding healthful noise level ordinances to partnering with rock superstars such as Pete Townshend, Kathy Peck has become a leader for hearing care advancement and champion for those who value quality musical experiences.
Kathy Peck is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of H.E.A.R. as well as a bass player, singer, musiccomposer, music producer and music publisher with her husband David Denny formerly of the Steve Miller Band and their publishing company MonimaMusic.com.
Current music projeccts include:
The Third Wave Musicial (The Wave Musical) available through Dramatic Publishing story by Ron Jones, music by Kathy Peck Denny, David Denny and Emily Kilon.
Neon Sky Independent feature film directorJennifer and Sputnik Juelich and executive producer Debbie Burbaker, musicfilm score by Kathy Peck Denny and David Denny available at MonimaMusic.com.
Kathy was an original
member of the successful San Francisco punk bandTheContractions.com. The all-female band was a major part of
the San Francisco music scene. Unfortunately, Kathy suffered
damage to her hearing and her music career was cut short.
Loud music exposure from excessive volume aggravated Kathy's
hearing loss and tinnitus. Kathy and The Contractions had
played four national tours, appeared on television, played
shows with Duran Duran, The Jim Carroll Band, The Go Go's,
The Blasters, Oingo Boingo, X, Black Flag,
and many many others. Kathy was out there in the scene and
she knows the music business, music fans, and the highs and
lows that come with the turf.
Now, Kathy directs her energies and talents full force into
the education of children, teens, and young adults. She wants
them to learn how to enjoy the music without damaging their
hearing. Because of Kathy's work, H.E.A.R. is recognized around
the world by the music and medical communities, by teachers,
parents, and caring individuals wishing to support its goals.'
In 1989, Kathy Peck received the National Leadership Award from National Council on Communicative Disorders in Washington, DC.for her pioneering efforts in hearing loss education and prevention advocacy.
in 1994, Kathy sued in a landmark class action settlement for the American with Disabilities Act which resuled in two discrimination suits Wheelchair Access (Arnold vs. UA)
and Assistive Listening Devices (Peck vs. UA) against United Artists theaters
that gave disabled people unimpeded access to its movie theaters
across the nation.
In 1998, worked to develop the first Music Hearing Conservation curriculum hearing health science program for middle and high schools with its “ Can’t H.E.A.R. You Knocking ™ rockumentary film”, Flynner Films and partner “Active Physics™ It’s About Time” textbook, funded by The National science Foundation and The American Association of Physics Teachers Assoc. Can’t H.E.A.R. You Knocking has won film festival awards in both Europe and the United States.
1998-present. Conducted the first public information campaign throughout North America to highlight the importance of wearing hearing protection, both at work and at concerts, and to that end, has distributed thousands of earplugs and information on tours and music conferences including 30-City Lollapalooza Tours, Warped Tours, MTV Spring Break, Noise Pop, SXSW, NAMM, AES and others.
in 1999 worked with MTV on the first televised award winning health documentary on musicians’
hearing loss and tinnitus issues. (MTV® - MEGA DOSE Segment, 1999) and developed
broadcasted on MTV -H.E.A.R. PSAs.
In 1994-present. H.E.A.R.’s Website “HEARNET.COM” among the fist 1000 websites on the internet.
In 1994 broadcasted early live streaming web video with Media Cast. (“Vibe-o-thon” 1997).
1988 to present campaigned with international recording artists spokespersons on the importance of hearing loss prevention, such as Pete Townshend of the Who, Mick Fleetwood, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Les Claypool, Cyndi Lauper, Joey Ramone, Spinal Tap, Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne, Todd Rungren, Moby, Mylie Cyrus, Carson Daly, Pat Benatar, Missy Elliott, and others on hearing education awareness issues.
1989-present H.E.A.R.® National Public Service Campaign. Produced decades long major hearing awareness media campaign: PBS News Hour, CNN, MTV, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time, People, Wired, Prevention Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, MTV, VH-1, BBC, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, Mix Magazine, Music Player Network, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Drum, Electronic Musician, PBS documentary, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Times, Oakland Tribune, LA Times.
1989-present. Helped to Introduced Music Hearing Conservation at National Association of Music Manufactures (NAMM) and Audio Engineering Society (AES) Trade Shows and provided hundred of thousands of free earplugs at H.E.A.R.’s -H.E.A.R.ing Conservation Booth.
in 1991 introduced Music H.E.A.R.ing Loss Issues Campaign to National Academy of Otolarngology Head and Neck Surgery, The National Hearing Conservation Association and The American Academy of Audiology with a presentation of Can’ t Hear You Knocking.
In 2002 worked to pass the Earplug Ordinance for San Francisco Bay Area Music and Entertainment Venues by working to help promote hearing safety at all Entertainment Venues with the support of the Mayors Office, San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Late Night Coalition.
In 2011 to present lanched H.E.A.R.’s Listen Smart workshop series program for music and sound arts institutes, public schools and music camps is currently conducted at Expressions, SAE, San Francisco
Conservatory of Music and others schools throughout the US. Listen Smart: Safely Handling
the Power of Sound rockumentary film producer Dan Beck, director Pamela French, a Cine
Golden Eagle Award winner 2003, features Moby, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica.