First Round Ballots for 57th Annual GRAMMYs: VOTE INDEPENDENT!

Posted in News by Molly Neuman

First round ballots for the 57th Annual GRAMMYs have now been distributed to voting members of The Recording Academy. A2IM encourages all our members who are voting members of the Recording Academy to VOTE INDEPENDENT!  A current list of our A2IM members’ artists appearing on the ballot can be found here.  We are not asking anyone to vote for any particular artist, but we can’t afford those expensive advertisements so A2IM is simply asking you to VOTE INDEPENDENT!  Please note this list is sortable for you to view while completing your ballot.

If you are a voting member of the Recording Academy completed ballots must be received by Deloitte Consulting LLP by 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.

If you have additional submissions that have made the first round GRAMMY ballot please post them to this list here. These additions will be added to our master list on a daily basis.

Nominations for the 57th GRAMMY Awards will be announced Friday, December 5th. Final ballots will go out on Dec. 17, 2014, and will be due to Deloitte on Jan. 16, 2015, 5 p.m. PT

The 57th annual GRAMMY awards are on Feb. 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Please forward this message to all of your artists, artist managers, and other contacts who are (or may be) GRAMMY voters and ask them to VOTE INDEPENDENT!


57th Annual GRAMMY First Round Ballots Available Now

Posted in Member Services, News, News, Notes & Noise by Molly Neuman

First round ballots for the 57th Annual GRAMMYs have now been distributed to voting members of The Recording Academy. If your submission(s) have made the first round GRAMMY ballot, and you are a voting member of The Recording Academy, you will be able to locate your entry on the paper ballot or by logging onto

If your A2IM member label has an album or song submitted for a GRAMMY please add it to our master list here by Thursday, October 23rd. Please enter them exactly as they appear on the ballot. This list will continue to be updated as we receive entries from our members and we will circulate it to our full contact list later next week before the voting deadline of November 5th. Please review all the ballots as some of the categories you submitted under may have been changed during the GRAMMYs vetting process.

A2IM is not advocating for any particular recording, we just wish to let our Indie music label community know which recordings their fellow members have on the ballot.


Associate Member Spotlight: OTTOmate

Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM

OTTOmateOTTOmate, the company behind Merlin’s new Reporting Wizard, is excited to be offering the independent music community their much-anticipated OTTO service.

OTTO is a High Performance, Sales Data Processing & Reporting Tool built specifically to meet the needs of Independent Music & Media Companies.

OTTO’s automated sales file ingestion and data normalizing processes dramatically reduce the time and resources spent collecting, collating, and consolidating the massive amounts of sales data you receive every month, turning all your disparate and confusing data sources into simple user friendly Reports, Statements, and other customized Outputs.

The OTTO DASHBOARD allows you to easily share Visual Sales Analytics and Vital Reports with your artists or label partners anywhere in the world.

Automated Catalog Sync with CI, and seamless catalog importing from a host of other industry leading platforms make OTTO the most integrated music industry data service available.

Please contact longtime friend of A2IM and the Independent Community Dave Tomaselli to setup an appointment to see OTTO in action, and learn more how this service can benefit your business.

And don’t forget to ask for special discounted A2IM member rates.

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Associate Member Spotlight: INgrooves Music Group

Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM

INgroovesMusicGroup2014Top 5 Things Indie Labels Should Do To Maximize Their Music Monetization

  1. Today’s music marketplace is dynamic! Understand how to maximize monetization for all platforms. Two key examples are YouTube and Spotify. YouTube channel maintenance should focus on: regular updates, thorough claiming procedures and integration with other social media channels.
    On Spotify, fanbases should be built from within: get profiles verified, create dynamic playlists to engage fans, preview exclusive content on Spotify where appropriate, use the embeddable Spotify player across social platforms and explore the D2C merchandising opportunities that Spotify now offers.
  2. Music marketing mind-shift: Marketing teams need to begin moving from driving “sales” to driving “listens”. Placing streaming links across the web from playlist domination to fan-to-fan social sharing… driving the listen is the future.
  3. Capture additional and ancillary sources of incomes like publishing & neighboring rights. Also, be sure to consider and include all of your metadata for future opportunities (i.e., Neighboring Rights requires metadata that most labels have not captured anywhere over the past few years. This is lost money!)
  4. Focus on your core fan base. Create focused D2C strategies and high value physical products (CDs, Merch, experiences, etc) for your core fan base(s). Stay connected to those fans by offering them something unique, as opposed to a simple anonymous sale in a shop.
  5. It’s all in the data! Use data to inform and market. Big or small, know how to analyze key data points from multiple sources and take actionable next-steps based on what you learn. Look to break apart, aggregate, match, and compare data from social accounts and multiple revenue streams.

INgrooves Music Group is committed to powering creativity in today’s dynamic global music marketplace by providing the best distribution, marketing and rights management tools and services to content creators and owners. We develop state-of-the-art, cost-efficient and scalable technology platforms, and our partners benefit from our experienced team, our unparalleled commitment to customer service and our thoughtful marketing solutions that drive results. We aspire to be the most transparent and solution-driven partner for all of the labels & artists we work with. We believe this approach helps us and our partners succeed today and for years to come. Visit us to learn more at

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A2IM’s Jim Mahoney Appointed GM of Merlin’s US Operations

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Today, Billboard ran a feature on Jim Mahoney’s appointment at Merlin. We at A2IM couldn’t be more proud of our former colleague, Jim, and wish him all the best in his new role.

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas released this statement:

“Merlin prides itself on being a truly global operation, so to open a permanent office in the world’s largest music market was a logical step… We are also delighted to welcome Jim Mahoney to the organization. As well as a hugely experienced executive, Jim is widely-respected figure among the independent community and is uniquely placed to support our U.S. members and bring additional value to their business.”

Read the full article here.


High Resolution Audio Initiative

Posted in News by A2IM

A team led by Meridian UK would like to present a new high resolution music system to the membership of A2IM. The presentation will include a description of the current state of high resolution – at retail and in the studios, an overview of the Meridian-led technology, the listening experience, and the opportunity for content owners to participate – both in the high resolution category as rights owners, as well as, participate in the new venture which has been formed to house the tools, the product roadmap, and the engineering team behind audio technology itself.

The meeting will include approximately 30 minutes of a presentation and time enough for a Q&A along the way or at the end.  We expect the meeting to run approximately 60 minutes total.  The meeting’s been rescheduled for Thursday, October 23, from 4:00-5:00 PM at the ADA offices at 1633 Broadway – which is at 50th and Broadway. Please RSVP to Marcus at