Gerald Seligman

Founder of EMI Hemisphere and World Music Preservationist

In 1993, Gerald Seligman founded EMI Hemisphere, one of the most successful record labels for world music. A leader in the world music industry, Seligman has released over 100 compilation albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy. He is also an activist for preserving culture and music around the world. He is the executive director of the National Recording Preservation Foundation and president of the Caravan Arts Consultancy, which works with governments and NGOs to develop the economic conditions for cultural institutions to flourish. He has worked with the Borneo World Music Expo, the Colombian Department of Culture, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland, the Indian Ocean Music Market and many art projects in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Seligman also acted as an advisor for UNESCO in the Cities of Culture Project and the World Bank in the African Art and Crafts Department.