Monday, July 16, 2018
– The 2018 Americana Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive will go to Olivia Records' Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson, it was announced today.
The honor will be handed out Sept. 12 at the Americana Honors & Awards show.
Olivia Records was one of the industry's leading independent labels during the 1970s, releasing and distributing 40-plus albums and selling around one million records from artists including Cris Williamson, Meg Christian and June Millington.
One of those records was Williamson's' "The Changer and the Changed," which, with songs about same-sex love.
The seed for Olivia Records was planted in 1973 when Williamson suggested during a segment on Washington, D.C.'s "Sophie's Parlor," one of the first female-focused radio shows, that a record company should be formed to specialize in female artists. Few women were on labels at the time because they were not considered financially viable.