The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will present its fifth Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Curb, founder of Curb Records.
The award, which honors executives who have shaped the course of independent music, will be presented during A2IM’s fifth annual Libera Awards, to be held at Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom on Thursday, June 16.
Presented by SoundExchange and hosted by Ted Leo, this year’s ceremony will feature live performances, a seated dinner, and awards honoring the best of Independent music.
“Mike Curb is unique, one of a kind, and in a class of his own. He is not only revered for his diverse career as a label-owner, top-charting songwriter, producer, and for being Lieutenant Governor of California. He has preserved ten of Nashville’s most historic music industry landmarks while championing music business education and being inducted into several Halls of Fame,” said A2IM CEO Richard Burgess. “It is difficult to conceive how anyone can achieve so much in one lifetime. In short, Mike is a complete game-changer to whom we will all be forever grateful for his immeasurable contribution and it is our honor to present him with this award.”
“For the last decade A2IM has represented the independently owned music enterprises and has elevated the independent companies significantly. A2IM has allowed all of us to speak with one voice at a time when the music industry has been extremely challenging. Dr. Richard Burgess is leading us into the next decade which will present even more challenges and more importantly, incredible opportunities,” said Curb. “I am proud to be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award on the tenth anniversary of A2IM.”
“Mike Curb has fundamentally changed our industry and the Nashville music scene for the better,” said Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange. “His tremendous philanthropic endeavors aid underprivileged communities and provide music education to so many deserving young artists. As music fans we are all indebted to him for discovering and developing so many artists that we love. SoundExchange is proud to have an opportunity to work with such an incredible leader in the industry. Mike is a legend and this remarkable honor is well-deserved.”
Curb is the founder and chairman of Curb Records. Since its launch in 1962, Curb has had more than 300 No. 1 records with some of country, christian and pop/rock’s biggest acts, including Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr. and the Four Seasons.
Curb has stars on the Hollywood and Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Georgia Hall of Fame, National Business Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame.
VP Records co-founder Pat Chin, recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, will present this year’s award.
Previous recipients of the A2IM Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award include VP Records’ Pat Chin (2015), Alligator Records’ Bruce Iglauer (2014), TommY BoY’s Tom Silverman (2013) and Beggars Group’s Martin Mills (2012).
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