Posted in News, Press Releases by A2IM
April 2, 2013
Caroline joins A2IM to sponsor “The LIBBYs”
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is pleased to announce Caroline as a hosting sponsor of the group’s second-annual Libera Awards — an award show for independent artists and labels, nominated and voted on by independent artists and labels. This year’s ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 20 at New York City’s Highline Ballroom.
“In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Caroline and our re-launch as a full-service partner to the independent label and artist community, we are honored to sponsor the 2013 A2IM Libera Awards,” said Dominic Pandiscia, President of Caroline. “It’s a great opportunity to help acknowledge the most impactful and important labels, artists and initiatives in the independent community over the previous year.” Born from the DNA of the successful EMI Label Services division, which defined itself as a successful service company for labels and artists such as Hopeless Records, Welk Music Group, Slash, Tyrese, Raekwon, Five Finger Death Punch, Candlelight and others, Caroline now provides full services including Branding, Synch, Promotion, Marketing, Publicity and more.
A2IM President Rich Bengloff noted, “We are thrilled to have Caroline be one of the two overall co-sponsors of the second-annual Libera awards. We are equally thrilled that the Capitol Music Group has restored the historic Caroline name to the expanded and revitalized Caroline operation, one of the true historic brand names in the history of Independent distribution and a founding member organization of A2IM. We look forward to working with our good friend Dominic Pandiscia and my long-time friend [Executive Vice President/General Manager] Mike Harris to make both the Libera event and Caroline huge successes.”
The second-annual Libera Awards build on the success of last year’s “decidedly buoyant” inaugural ceremony (Billboard), where, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “fans and music executives gathered to pay homage to indie greats and hand out cool, handmade statuettes to the lucky nominees.” Last year’s winners included Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar) who won for Independent Album of the Year; Epitaph / Anti- Records, whose invite-only Tom Waits listening party garnered the Light Bulb Award for Most Creative Marketing Campaign/Idea; and Charles Bradley (Daptone Records) who took home the Road Warrior of the Year, celebrating the hardest-working, most fan-engaged artist. View the full list of last year’s LIBBY winners.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available — if interested please contact Jennifer Masset at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347.742.5633.
The A2IM Libera Awards celebrate the best independent labels, artists, projects and partners in the following categories:
Album of the Year sponsored by Spotify
Label of the Year Award (5 Employees or less worldwide) sponsored by The Orchard
Label of the Year Award (6 Employees or more worldwide) sponsored by ADA
Up and Comer Award sponsored by eMusic celebrating the next independent label superstar artist
Video of the Year
Best Sync Usage for the most creative or most impactful use of independent music in a film/tv/ad campaign
Music Supervisor of the Year sponsored by Silva Screen Music for the music supervisor/licensing person who was especially supportive of independent music labels
Light Bulb Award celebrating the most innovative/creative marketing campaign by an independent label or artist
Hardest Working/Most Engaged Artist celebrating the independent label band/artist that worked hardest at their job or was the most instrumental in promoting their music
Best Live Act celebrating the independent label band/artist that had the best live act
Creative Packaging Award (Physical or Digital) sponsored by A to Z Media celebrating the best or most creative packaging – including bundled packages, premium offerings or artwork/design packaging – from an independent label or artist in the last 12 months
21st Century Award celebrating the service provider or platform that was most beneficial to independent labels and artists
The submission process for this year’s awards has closed. The finalists for each category as determined by a vote of independent music experts from retail, media and music tastemakers will be announced at the end of April.