International music biz confab Midem will honor Bruce Lundvall, president of EMI Music’s Jazz & Classics division in the U.S., with the Midem personality of the year award.
Lundvall, who oversees the Blue Note, Angel and Manhattan labels in the U.S., will receive the accolade during a gala dinner at Midem in Cannes on Jan. 24.
“Under his leadership, Blue Note Records has gone from strength to strength. Bruce Lundvall proves that you can have a flare for identifying and nurturing musical talent and be a great businessman,” said Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk.
In a career spanning 43 years, Lundvall has signed an incredible array of stylistically varied artists. He began his music career in marketing at Columbia Records, where he remained for 21 years, becoming president of the domestic division of CBS Records in 1976. Lundvall moved to Elektra in 1982, where he became president of Elektra Records and the newly created Elektra/Musician Jazz label.
In 1984 he was approached with an offer to create Manhattan, a pop-music label based on the East Coast, for EMI, as well as to revive the long-suspended Blue Note jazz label. Among his signings at Blue Note are Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Anita Baker and Norah Jones.
The Midem personality of the year award was created in 1989 to pay tribute to exceptional careers and contributions to the international music industry.