Kasaan Hammon is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts (Class of ’90) with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. She studied performance and communications at Northwestern University and CalArts, received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University, and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Teaching Writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Hammon composed the original theme song for the motion picture “Crossfire” at the age of 19 and secured a recording contract with Warner Brothers/Elektra Records under the artist name RIGSI. She has been showcased by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a “Songwriter to Watch.” Her original songs have received airplay on Top 40 radio stations in the USA and Ireland and have won numerous songwriting awards, including recent top honors from the International Songwriting Competition, UK Songwriting Contest, Unsigned Only, and LIT Talent Awards. She transitioned from artist to manager in 2002 by launching Trigger Management and for over a decade helped direct the careers of songwriters and recording artists, including managing Hall of Fame songwriter Albert Hammond. She is former Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and formerly worked as part of Chaka Khan’s management team. Ms. Hammon teaches her signature Hit Ninjas topline curriculum for the Academy and Summer Programs.
In addition to being a proud alumnus of Idyllwild Arts, Kasaan is grateful and happy to serve on the school’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Collaborative.