Indie music biz blows its own trumpet
A2IM will honor Mills at first Libera Awards
Statistically speaking, times have rarely been better to be part of an indie label. With half of last year’s Grammy nominations (not to mention the last four album of the year Grammy winners) going to independent releases, and indies representing nearly a third of total album sales, once marginal imprints have been making larger and larger waves in the music business’ shrinking pool.
All that’s missing, given the instinctively kudos-happy nature of the entertainment biz, is an awards show specifically for the indie music business.
Enter trade org the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), which will next week ring in its inaugural Libera Awards. The kudos will cap off the org’s Indie Week confab, running June 19-21, and culminating with the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills.
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