The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers will present its first ever "Independent Spirit Award, to Don VanCleave, the founder and former president of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.

"NARM is introducing this award to acknowledge and appreciate those industry professionals whose business philosophies are a type of self-expression that-similar to music-that bring forth diversity, creativity and new ideas that enhance the music community at large," NARM president Jim Donio said in a statement.

Last year VanCleave left CIMS to join the Los Angeles-based artist management company, The Artist Organization.