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A2IM Board of Directors Election 2014: The Candidates

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A2IM’s annual Board of Directors election opens for voting on Wednesday, April 23rd.  A2IM’s board is elected by a vote of the A2IM label membership with every label member’s primary contact for A2IM possessing the right to vote on behalf of her or his company, one company, one vote regardless of size.  Once again our voting members have an exciting long list of member executives who have stepped up or accepted nomination to run for election to the A2IM board of directors. The breadth and depth of this list shows the level of dedication, engagement and commitment our members have to the A2IM mission of supporting the U.S. independent music label movement! A2IM’s voting members will be voting to fill four (5) seats from the below list of candidates (alphabetical by first name). Voting closes on Friday, May 16th.

The nominees are:

Alan Galbraith, Wind-up Records

Amy Dietz, INgrooves Music Group (label)

Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records

Brent Stiefel, Votiv

Chris Frymire, Red House Records

Craig Balsam, Razor & Tie

Dan Gill, Vagrant

Dave Hansen, Epitaph/Anti-

Denny Stilwell, Mack Avenue

Drew Friedman (Dru Ha), Duck Down Music

Emily Hungate, Black River Entertainment

Garry West, Compass Records Group

Gunnar Hissam, Om Records

Jamar Chess, Sunflower Entertainment

Jamie Collinson, Ninja Tune

Jeff Van Driel, Naxos of America

Josh Berman, Warp Records

Jurgen Korduletsch, Radikal Records/Gummybear Intl

Louis Posen, Hopeless Records

Michael Healy, Entertainment One

Neil Levine, Penalty Entertainment

Rebecca Sarkar, 3CG Records

Robert Williams, 335 Records

Scott Robinson, Dualtone

Simon Mortimer-Lamb, Nettwerk Music Group

Tim Lee, Tummy Touch

Tom Silverman, TommY BoY

A2IM expresses our gratitude to the four board members who, due to A2IM bylaws term limits, must step down on July 3rd.  Tor Hansen (Yep Roc Records), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records) who is also the 2014 A2IM Libera Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Martin Mills (Beggars Group) and Victor Zaraya (Razor & Tie).  Darius Van Arman (Secretly Label Group) is also stepping down on July 3rd as Cathy Bauer will represent the Secretly Label Group going forward. We thank each and every one of these board members for their leadership, commitment and exemplary service to the A2IM organization and to the A2IM membership. We look forward to ongoing contributions from them all.


A2IM LIBBY Awards – Who Will Be Voting?

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On Friday A2IM will be announcing this year’s final nominees for the Libera Awards (aka LIBBY Awards) as determined by an industry wide vote of music experts from tastemakers and VIPs from digital, distribution, marketing, licensing, retail and radio partners.  A2IM members will vote for this year’s LIBBY Award winners.

Each A2IM member company is permitted up to 5 voters.  We’re inviting you now to select who your (up to) 5 voters will be and to send them to Sheryl Cohen by end of day Thursday, April 24th.

LIBBY Award voters must be full-time employees or owners of the A2IM member company they’ll be representing.

Each voting member of A2IM will receive their ballots when we announce this year’s finalists on Friday, April 25th.  Winners will be announced and celebrated at the live Libera Awards ceremony at Highline Ballroom in NYC on Thursday, June 19th capping off Indie Week.

A2IM thanks the Libera Award Sponsors, Caroline, ADA, Beats Music, Ingrooves, The Orchard, YouTube, A to Z Media, Silva Screen Music Group, and Bandzoogle!

To learn more about the A2IM LIBBY Awards go to


A2IM’s Libera Award for Lifetime Achievement Goes To Bruce Iglauer

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A2IM has announced that the 2014 A2IM Libera Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to Bruce Iglauer, Founder of Alligator Records. Bruce is being honored for three achievements, creating the Alligator music label brand that has became  ”the leading record label for the blues” (NY Times),  being a Independent music label leader, including being a founding member of the first Indie trade organization NAIRD, and for his humanitarian support of Blues community artists. Bruce will be honored with the award at the Libera Awards on June 19 at NYC’s Highline Ballroom and, in what has now become a Libera Awards tradition, 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Silverman, Founder of TommY BoY, will present the award. The 2014 Libera Award nominees will be announced this Friday, April 25th.

Additional Press Below

US Nation Post – April 22, 2014

WN.Com – April 22, 2014

TopNewsToday – April 22, 2014

Congoo – April 22, 2014 – April 22, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter – April 21, 2014

Billboard – April 21, 2014

American Blues Scene Magazine – April 21, 2014

eWallstreeter Blues News – April 21, 2014

Flavour-Music – April 21, 2014

Topix Blues – April 21, 2014


Denver Post on Record Store Day

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The Denver Post article, published on April 18th, about Record Store Day and the rise in vinyl sales includes quotes from A2IM and Redeye Distribution. Read the full article HERE.


A2IM Congratulates Our Member’s “Billboard Music Award” Nominations

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A2IM congratulates all its label member for their  Billboard Music Award nominations: Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift for Top Country Artist and Top Social Media), Glassnote (Mumford & Sons for Top Rock Album), and Nettwerk (Passenger for Top Rock Song, Top Rock Artist and Top New Artist). A full list of the Billboard Music Award Finalists can be found HERE.


Caldas on Music Licensing

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A recent Music Ally newsletter on the U.S. market  highlighted Merlin’s music licensing concerns as well as the true dominant position of Indie labels within the U.S. marketplace.