VP Records co-founder Pat Chin will receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s A2IM’s Libera Awards.
The event takes place June 25 at Highline Ballroom in New York City. The ‘Lifetime’ is among the top accolades at the Libera Awards, which recognises the year’s top independent music label achievers.
Chin and her late husband, Vincent “Randy” Chin, were heavily involved in the ascent of reggae music after moving their retail store in 1979 from Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, New York, where it grew into VP (for Vincent and Pat, naturally) Records.
The couple had operated the successful Randy’s label and retail store in downtown Kingston since the early 1960s.
Following the death of her husband in 2003, “Miss Pat”‘s children have stepped up to leadership roles in VP Records, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary with a mobile reggae exhibit, A Reggae Music Journey.
VP Records is the largest independent distributor of Jamaican music and is credited with introducing several of dancehall’s top artistes to the American mainstream.
Chin has been instrumental in building the careers of artists including Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul, Bunji Garlin, and Beenie Man.
Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went Bruce Iglauer of Chicago blues label, Alligator Records. That company first distributed Mutabaruka’s album, “Check It!,” in 1983.
The Libera Awards’ board of directors includes some of the most influential people in ‘indie’ music. Among them are Tommy Boy owner/CEO, Tom Silverman; Hopeless Records owner Louis Posen and Concord Music Group president Glen Barros.