A2IM Announces First-Ever Award Show For Independents, By Independents in NYC, June 21st

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ShoreFire LogoA2IM Announces First-Ever Award Show For Independents, By Independents in NYC, June 21st

A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, announces the American Association of Independent Music Libera Awards – the first award show for independent artists and labels, nominated and voted on by independent artists and labels. The event caps off A2IM’s Indie Week 2012 this June and will feature an intimate, invite only awards celebration at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on June 21st featuring a who’s who guest list from the independent music label community.

The A2IM Libera Awards (”The Libbies”) recognize the growing support and market share for independent artists by celebrating the accomplishments of independent musicians and the independent labels who support them in a number of categories including: Road Warrior of the Year (for the most engaged, hardest working independent artist), Indie Light Bulb Award (for the most innovative marketing campaign for an indie artist), and Indie Label of the Year.

Said Kill Rock Stars President and A2IM Board Member Portia Sabin, “This is our chance to celebrate the risk-takers of the music industry — the independent labels — and the amazing people we all work with every day, from music supervisors to designers. We want to honor the people who do great work with independent artists, as well as our artists themselves. This is an exciting time for the independent community and we look forward to marking it with the A2IM Libera Awards ceremony.”

All independent labels will be invited to submit their artists’ music for nomination consideration. The submissions will be pared down to final nominees in each category by a secret panel of indie experts that will include the most knowledgeable tastemakers, programmers, and professional supporters of independent music. Winners will be voted upon by all A2IM members and announced live at the June event.

About A2IM
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry’s market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital album sales). The organization represents the Independents’ interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New York City.

The organization’s board of directors is composed of the following: Concord Music Group President Glen Barros; Sub Pop VP Business Affairs Eric Brown; tinyOGRE Entertainment COO Jim Cooperman; Epitaph General Manager Dave Hansen; Yep Roc Records co-owner Tor Hansen; Alligator Records Founder/CEO Bruce Iglauer; The Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills; Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin; Jim Selby, Naxos of America CEO, Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.

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