A2IM 2017 Libera Awards

June 8, 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, 2017 members of the Independent community will gather at NYC’s PlayStation Theater to toast the year’s biggest Independent success stories as voted on by their peers across the U.S. independent music community.

The remarkable scope of the independent music world is on display at A2IM’s Libera Awards. The Liberas celebrate the range of the thriving indie world, which features diverse genres, labels big and small, and from around the globe. Created by and for the Independent label community, the Libera Awards – name adapted from the Latin word for freedom – is the capstone of A2IM’s Indie Week in New York City.

Buy your tickets here!
We’ll see there – Dress to impress!

This year, A2IM will honor music legend Nick Lowe with the Independent Icon Award & Ani Difranco will receive the Lifetime Achivement Award.
Read more on both of them, here.

HOSTED BY:
TED LEO

PERFORMANCES BY:
Independent Icon winner ,Nick Lowe (Yep Roc), Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ani DiFranco (Righteous Babe), Talib Kweli (Javotti Media), Twin Peaks (Grand Jury) and Nick Hakim (ATO Records).
Full press release here.

RED CARPET: 5:30 PM
DOORS: 6:00 PM
SHOW: 7:00 PM

See below for cost breakdowns & deadlines!

LIBERA AWARDS
Just like last year – we’re offering several ticket tiers! Descriptions of each ticket with their cost below.
Dress to impress!
Platinum Supporter (FULL TABLE: 10 seats) SOLD OUT
You want to make sure you’re entire party is sitting together, front & center at the stage for perfect viewing, a three-course meal, FREE submissions to the Libera Awards, and 10 free registrations to A2IM Indie Week 2017 are provided for A2IM Members. , table service & VIP perks!
  • Cost: $5,000
Gold Supporter (FULL TABLE: 10 seats) SOLD OUT
You want to make sure you’re all sitting together, but don’t necessarily need to be right up front. You’ll enjoy a three-course meal, FREE submissions to the Libera Awards, and 10 free registrations to A2IM Indie Week 2017 are provided for A2IM Members. 
  • Cost: $2,500
Silver Supporter (Single Dinner Ticket)
You’re going solo but want to take advantage of the three-course dinner. You’ll receive FREE submissions to the Libera Awards, enjoy our Open Bar & and sit at a table on the main floor networking with our Indie Community. Purchase your ticket at the Pre-Sale cost and A2IM Members automatically get a free registration to Indie Week! 
  • Pre-Sale Cost (Ends January 31): $150
  • February 1 – March 31: $180
  • April 1 – May 23: $225
  • No dinner tickets will be sold after May 23
Bronze Supporter (GA Seating)
You ate beforehand! You’re there for the show and to take advantage of the open bar. Theater style seating above the main floor. Purchase your ticket at the Pre-Sale cost and A2IM Members automatically get a free registration to Indie Week! 
  • Pre-Sale Cost (Ends January 31): $60
  • February 1 – March 31: $75
  • April 1 – June 8: $100

For Libera Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sky McElroy 

*IMPORTANT MESSAGE*
Only A2IM Members purchasing GA Tickets will have access to the Open Bar. If you are a non-member purchasing GA Tickets, it will be a cash bar.
A huge thanks to our Libera Awards sponsors!
This year’s NOMINEES are:

Album of the Year Sponsored by The Orchard

  • Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)
  • Bonobo – Migration (Ninja Tune)
  • Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller (Yep Roc Records)
  • Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings)
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  • Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder)

Best Blues/Jazz/R&B Album

  • Adrian Younge – Something About April II (Linear Labs)
  • BADBADNOTGOOD – IV (Innovative Leisure)
  • Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder Records)
  • Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone Records)
  • Nick Waterhouse – Never Twice (Innovative Leisure)
  • Sampha – Process (Young Turks)
  • Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder)

Best Live Act Sponsored by Kickstarter

  • Angel Olsen (Jagjaguwar)
  • Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
  • Charles Bradley (Daptone Records)
  • Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express (Yep Roc Records)
  • Iggy Pop (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Radiohead (XL Recordings)
  • Run the Jewels (Run the Jewels, Inc)

Best Sync Usage Sponsored by DISCO

  • Alabama Shakes – Transparent | Season 3 Official Trailer | Amazon Video (Music Supervisor: Arranged by Zync Music) (ATO Records)
  • Gillian Welch – Hell or High Water (Music Supervisor: Chris Robertson) (Acony Records)
  • Perfume Genius – Toyatathon 2016 Ad Spot (Music Supervisor: Kristen Hosack) (Matador Records)
  • Radiohead – The Accountant Official Trailer (Music Supervisor: Toddrick Spalding, Mob Scene) (XL Recordings)
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Lincoln MKZ Spot (Music Supervisor: Neal Sugarman) (Daptone Records)
  • Sharon Van Etten – 2016 Volvo XC90 TV Commercial (Music Supervisor: Ben Dorenfeld, Grey Advertising / Jon Coombs, Secretly Group) (Jagjaguwar)
  • tUnE-yArDs – #Pixel: Memories by you, Phone by Google (Music Supervisor: Mike Ladman and Ryan Barkan, Droga5) (4AD)

Breakthrough Artist Sponsored by INgrooves

  • Delicate Steve – This Is Steve (ANTI-)
  • The Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood (4AD)
  • Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math (ATO Records)
  • Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man Records)
  • Roosevelt – Roosevelt (City Slang)
  • Whitney – Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian)
  • Young M.A – OOOUUU (M.A Music/3d)

Best Classical/World Album

  • Bing & Ruth – No Home Of The Mind (4AD)
  • Céu – Tropix (Six Degrees Records)
  • Hailu Mergia – Wede Harer Guzo (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  • Imarhan – Imarhan (City Slang)
  • Laraaji – All In one Peace (Leaving Records)
  • Peter Broderick – Partners (Erased Tapes Records)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (Anti-)

Best Country/Americana/Folk Album

  • Case/Lang/Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs (ANTI-)
  • Drive-By Truckers – American Band (ATO Records)
  • Gillian Welch –  Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony Records)
  • Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee (Merge Records)
  • Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller (Yep Roc Records)
  • Margo Price – Midwest Farmers Daughter (Third Man Records)
  • Michael Chapman – 50 (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)

Creative Packaging

  • Bobo Yéyé – Belle Époque in Upper Volta (Creative Director: Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier) (Numero Group)
  • Bonobo – Migration (Creative Director: Neil Krug) (Ninja Tune)
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Creative Director: Eric Timothy Carlson) (Jagjaguwar)
  • Eggs Over Easy – The Eggs Over Easy Story (Creative Director: Nathan Golub) (Yep Roc Records)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Creative Director: Jason Galea) (ATO Records)
  • My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (Deluxe Edition) (Creative Director: Jim James & Danny Cash) (ATO Records)
  • Thundercat – Drunk (Creative Director: Adam Stober) (Brainfeeder)

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS (Secretly Canadian)
  • Bonobo – Migration (Ninja Tune)
  • Boys Noize – Mayday (Boysnoize Records)
  • DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal Records)
  • Flume – Skin (Mom + Pop Music/Future Classic)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears (Western Vinyl)
  • TYCHO – Epoch (Ghostly International)

Independent Champion

  • Bandcamp
  • MERLIN
  • NPR
  • PledgeMusic
  • Redeye
  • Secretly Distribution
  • Spotify

Label of the Year (6+ employees) Sponsored by ADA

  • ATO Records
  • Innovative Leisure
  • Jagjaguwar
  • Mexican Summer
  • Stones Throw
  • XL Recordings
  • Yep Roc Records

Label of the Year (<5 employees) Sponsored by Spotify

  • Acony Records
  • Dangerbird Records
  • Daptone Records
  • Erased Tapes Records
  • Run For Cover Records
  • Topshelf
  • Triple Crown Records

Marketing Genius Sponsored by Caroline

  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million – (Marketing Lead: Phil Waldorf / Tom Davies) (Jagjaguwar)
  • Charles Bradley – Changes – (Marketing Lead: Nydia Davila, Victoria Morris, and Joanna Noyes) (Daptone Records)
  • DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak Campaign – (Marketing Lead: Amit Nerurkar, Chris Mcilvenny, Annie Chen) (Mass Appeal Records)
  • Joseph – I’m Alone, No You’re Not – (Marketing Lead: Jon Salter, Laura Lyons) (ATO Records)
  • KAYTRANADA – 99.9% The Game – (Marketing Lead: Adam Berman, Pablo Douzoglou, Blake Thomas) (XL Recordings)
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity – (Marketing Lead: Jon Salter, Dave McClain, Laura Lyons) (ATO Records)
  • Radiohead –  Radiohead Disappears from the Internet – (Marketing Lead: Radiohead, Scott Wright) (XL Recordings)
  • The xx – I See You (Marketing Lead: Pablo Douzoglou, Blake Thomas) (Young Turks)

Best Metal/Hard Rock Album Sponsored by Fox Rothschild

  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith of Phobos (ATO Records)
  • Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)
  • Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Blackened Recordings)
  • Pierce The Veil – Misadventures (Fearless Records)
  • Red Fang – Only Ghosts (Relapse Records)
  • White Lung – Paradise (Domino Recording Company)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album

  • Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I. Records/Kobalt Music Recordings)
  • Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best (City Slang)
  • KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (XL Recordings)
  • NxWorries – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  • Tech N9ne – The Storm (Strange Music)

Video of the Year Sponsored by YouTube

  • Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me (Jagjaguwar)
  • ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me (Secretly Canadian)
  • Bonobo – Kerala (Ninja Tune)
  • DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife/People-Vultures (ATO Records)
  • Mitski – Your Best American Girl (Dead Oceans)
  • Radiohead – Daydreaming (XL Recordings)

Video of the Year (Fan Vote) Sponsored by YouTube

  • Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me (Jagjaguwar)
  • ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me (Secretly Canadian)
  • Bonobo – Kerala (Ninja Tune)
  • DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife/People-Vultures (ATO Records)
  • Mitski – Your Best American Girl (Dead Oceans)
  • Radiohead – Daydreaming (XL Recordings)
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