A2IM's Libera Awards, the organization's toast to the year's most successful indies moves and shakes, scheduled for June 19th at New York's Highline Ballroom, has announced that Bruce Iglauer will be receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year's honoree was Tom Silverman, who will present Iglauer with his award. The first recipient of the award, given in 2012, was Martin Mills of Beggars Group.
Iglauer's bona fides include fostering the careers of Mavis Staples, Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite among others. Iglauer is the founder and CEO of Alligator Records, which he started in 1971, going on to earn dozens of plaudits from the industry including over 100 Blues Music Awards, 40 Grammy Nominations and 3 Grammy Awards.
Iglauer is also well-known for his personal relationships with artists, opening his home to beleaguered artists and founding the Blues Community Foundation, which supports blues music education and blues musicians in need.
Last year's Libera Awards celebrated the work of Alabama Shakes, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their video behind "Thrift Shop," and Glassnote Records for indie label of the year, among others.