Rounder Records Founder Ken Irwin Named Airplay Direct Iconic Innovator For 2017


NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Ken Irwin, co-founder of legendary roots/Americana label Rounder Records, has been selected to receive AirPlay Direct’s “Iconic Innovators” Award for 2017.

The award is designed to honor music industry figures who have embraced digital technology with a "proven vision and best executes upon the opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry".

“Ken is a very unique combination of savvy business man and artist; a true music impresario’," stated Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct. "His accomplishments and awards speak for themselves; and the man that Ken is. We look forward with great anticipation to our continued successes and creative future with Ken and Rounder Records.”

As part of the award, AirPlay Direct will create a $50,000 marketing and awareness campaign to accelerate his on-going brand development and global radio distribution footprint for Rounder Records new releases and catalog.

“It is truly an honor to be receiving this recognition from AirPlay Direct. I’ve recently enjoyed working with Lynda and Robert on two of their showcases and always appreciated their love and respect for catalog titles," Irwin said. "Receiving this prestigious award will enable and encourage me to go back through our catalog of over 4000 albums, and select some of my personal favorites, which might not have received attention from radio when they came out or which might be new to those in radio today." – Staff Writers