CEO, Tommy Boy Records
Tom Silverman is the founder and CEO at Tommy Boy, a record label established in 1981. The legendary label was the home of Afrika Bambaataa, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, House of Pain, Digital Underground and many more. He was also a vice president of Warner Bros. Records from 1985 to 2002, while Tommy Boy was an independently distributed subsidiary of that company.
He co-founded the annual New Music Seminar, which initially ran from 1980 to 1994 and relaunched in 2009, and continues every June in New York City. He co-founded Dance Music Report magazine, which ran from 1978 to 1992. Tom co-founded the Dance Music Hall of Fame, which existed from 2003 to 2005.
Silverman is a founding board member of American Association of Independent Music (A2IM and its predecessors NAIRD/AFIM); Merlin, a global rights agency representing the world’s most important set of independent music rights; and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He previously served on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Dance Music Hall of Fame, SoundExchange plus the NARM Manufacturer’s Advisory Board.