Waterloo Records owner John Kunz to receive Independent Spirit Award

John Kunz (l) introduces Jimmy LaFave at a Waterloo Records in-store performance in 2012. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman
John Kunz (l) introduces Jimmy LaFave at a Waterloo Records in-store performance in 2012. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman

The Music Business Association, an industry trade group, will present Waterloo Records owner John Kunz with the Independent Spirit Award at next year’s Music Biz conference in Nashville in May. The award recognizes Kunz’ work to build the local institution, which originally opened in 1982 into an internationally acclaimed destination for music enthusiasts.

“With Waterloo Records, John has played a key role in keeping Austin’s rich musical tradition alive, while also pushing it forward,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “He has long placed a premium on promoting local musicians, boasting a huge selection of independent releases along with rare imports, earning him an Austin Icon Award in 2011. We’re excited to celebrate him and his accomplishments at Music Biz 2015.”

Our warmest congrats to Waterloo and Kunz.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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