Pat Chin, co-founder of VP Records, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for innovation in the independent music industry. The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will present Chin with the award at NYC's Highline Ballroom on June 25, 2015. The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bruce Iglauer, founder of Alligator Records, will present Pat Chin with the award.

With more than 50 years in the music business, Pat Chin has always been a champion for innovative, independent music and a pioneer among women in the music industry. She, along with with her late husband Vincent "Randy" Chin, founded their first retail store in their native Kingston, Jamaica, In 1979, the family moved their business to Jamaica, New York and adopted the moniker "VP" (for Vincent and Pat). As a woman in the male-dominated world of Reggae, "Miss Pat" (as she is affectionately known) built a business on strong relationships with artists, producers, suppliers, and an ever-growing fan base. The label is instrumental in launching the careers of countless artists including Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Sizzla, Mavado, and Etana among others. With the passing of Vincent Chin in 2003, her children and grandchildren have taken on leadership of the day-to-day operations. Miss Pat is the heart of VP Records and continues to serve as a powerful example of female leadership in business and the community.

Please visit http://www.a2im.org for more information on A2IM and sponsorship opportunities. Learn more about Pat Chin and VP Records by logging on to vprecords.com.