The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has awarded its second annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom Silverman. The industry veteran is the Founder and CEO of Tommy Boy Records and co-founder of he New Music Seminar. Silverman will be presented with the award by Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell on June 20 at NYC's Highline Ballroom.
A founding Board Member of A2IM, Silverman has a leader in the independent music community throughout his career. Tommy Boy pioneered the early days of hip-hop with such artists as De La Soul, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, House of Pain and Coolio.
Siverman's New Music Seminar launched in 1980 and is the pre-cursor most major music conferences. NMS continues this year, running June 9-11 in NYC.
Martin Mills received the first annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.