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A2IM LIBBY Awards Sizzle Reel

Posted in News by A2IM

We hope you will enjoy this “sizzle reel” video of the 2013 A2IM LIBBY Awards co-presented by Caroline at Highline Ballroom in NYC on June 20, 2013.

If you attended, see if you made the sizzle reel.  If you didn’t attend in 2013, hopefully the sizzle reel will help convince you to come in 2014.  It really is one of the greatest nights for independent music all year.

To read more about the 2013 A2IM LIBBY Awards & see the list of Award winners, click HERE.

A2IM - A2IM Libby Awards 2013 Sizzle Reel on MUZU.TV.


A2IM Honors Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Founder, with Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award

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A2IM Honors Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Founder, with Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award

John Ross Bowie to Host the LIBBY Awards Event at Highline Ballroom on June 20

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is proud to announce that the second annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Tom Silverman, Founder and CEO of TommY BoY. Silverman will be presented with the award at the event on June 20 at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.

A founding Board Member of A2IM, Tom Silverman has been a devoted and passionate leader for the independent music community throughout his tremendously successful career.  In addition to the important work Tom has contributed to the independent cause, he is recognized throughout the music industry for two very significant contributions: founding independent record label TommY BoY and launching the New Music Seminar (NMS).  TommY BoY pioneered the early days of hip-hop with such artists as De La Soul, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, House of Pain and Coolio; electronic music with artists like Information Society, LFO, Coldcut and 808 State; freestyle with TKA; LGBT music with RuPaul; and the mega music compilations with “MTV Party to Go” and “ESPN Jock Jams.” The New Music Seminar launched in 1980 and can accurately be described as a pre-cursor to many of the major music conferences on our calendars today.  NMS continues this year, running June 9-11 in NYC.  Silverman currently serves on the boards of A2IM and SoundExchange.

Returning for a second year, actor/comedian John Ross Bowie will host the Libera Awards (”The LIBBYs”), and artist Zak Gere will design and hand-sculpt each individual award from wood and wire.

Martin Mills received the first annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

See the full list of independent labels, artists, and supporters that received final nominations for the second annual A2IM LIBBYs HERE.

A2IM thanks Caroline, ADA, A to Z Media, Bandzoogle, Believe Digital, eMusic, Getty Images Music, Silva Screen Music Group, Spotify, and The Orchard for their sponsorship of the second annual LIBBYs.



A2IM LIBBY Awards Final Nominees Announced

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Alabama Shakes, M83, The Lumineers Top Artist Nominees for 2nd Annual A2IM LIBBY Awards
ATO Records & Dualtone Music Group Earn Most Label Nominations

A2IM today announces the nominees for the 2nd Annual Libera Awards (The “LIBBYs”), to be held Thursday, June 20 at NYC’s Highline Ballroom, closing out A2IM’s 8th annual Indie Week. The LIBBYs, co-presented by Caroline, celebrate the continually expanding successes of Independent labels and artists – and the services that support them – and are voted on solely by members of the Independent community.

Eligible releases (March 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013) were narrowed down to six nominees per category (or more in the case of a tie) by expert panels including the most knowledgeable tastemakers, programmers, and professional supporters of Independent music. As in the inaugural LIBBYs, which counted Arcade Fire, Glassnote Records, and Daptone among its winners, this year’s nominees exemplify both the diversity of the Independent label community in terms of label sizes, geographic locations, and genres of music they release, as well as the critical and commercial success of Independent labels investing in the creation of music by the artists they love.

2013 Libera Award Nominees:

Independent Album of the Year (sponsored by Spotify)
• ‘Boys & Girls’ – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
• ‘Allah-Las’ – Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure)
• ‘Bloom’ – Beach House (Sub Pop)
• ‘Shields’ – Grizzly Bear (Warp Records)
• ‘Celebration Rock’ – Japandroids (Polyvinyl Records)
• ‘The Heist’ – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore)
• ‘Babel’ – Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Records)
• ‘RED (Deluxe Edition)’ – Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
• ‘The Lumineers’ – The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group)
• ‘Coexist’ – The xx (XL Recordings/Young Turks)

Listen to the Spotify Album of the Year Playlist

Independent Label of the Year Award – 5 employees or less worldwide (sponsored by The Orchard)
• Bar/None Records
• Daptone Records
• Dualtone Music Group
• Frenchkiss Records
• Ghostly International
• Kill Rock Stars
• Third Man Records

Independent Label of the Year Award – 6 employees or more worldwide (sponsored by ADA)
• Anti Records
• ATO Records
• Big Machine Records
• Concord Music Group
• Glassnote Records
• Hopeless Records
• Sub Pop
• XL Recordings

Up and Comer Award (sponsored by eMusic)celebrating the next Independent label superstar artist; to qualify artist must have total career sales not exceeding 5000 full length albums or 25,000 tracks (combined) as of Feb. 17, 2013
• Air Dubai (Hopeless Records)
• BOY (Nettwerk)
• LEOGUN (Yamaha Entertainment Group)
• Mikal Cronin (Merge Records)
• MNDR (Ultra Music)
• The Virginmarys (Wind-up Records)

Video of the Year
• “Hold On” – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
• “For Baltimore” – All Time Low (Hopeless Records)
• “Dirty Money” – Antibalas (Daptone Records)
• “Kill Your Heroes” – AWOLNATION (Red Bull Records)
• “My Love Is Real” – Divine Fits (Merge Records)
• “Wait” – M83 (Mute)
• “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore)

Best Sync Usage (sponsored by Getty Images Music)for the most creative or most impactful use of Independent music in a film/TV/ad campaign
• “Ebb Away” – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (Century Media/Superball) in Fox Surf by Tim Scanlin
• “Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records) in Silver Linings Playbook by Susan Jacobs
• “Sail” – AWOLNATION (Red Bull Records) in BMW – Feeling Remains campaign (Olympics premiere) by Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners
• “Can’t Win ‘Em All” – Hanni El Khatib (Innovative Leisure) in Audi (Super Bowl Commercial) by Agoraphone
• “Outro” – M83 (Mute/Caroline) in Red Bull “Gives You Wings” commercial by Tonya Puerto/EMI & Red Bull
• “Speaking Japanese” – Shiny Toy Guns (Five Seven Music) in Virgin America ‘Game Changer’ ad campaign
• “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group) in Bing by Susan Schwartz

Music Supervisor of the Year (sponsored by Silva Screen Music Group)for the music supervisor/licensing person who was especially supportive of Independent music labels
• Alexandra Patsavas (Chop Shop Music)
• Frankie Pine (Whirly Girl Music)
• Nora Felder (Picture Tunes)
• Randall Poster (Search Party Music/Posterboy Inc.)
• Susan Schwartz (Platinum Rye)
• Thomas Golubic (SuperMusicVision)

Light Bulb Awardcelebrating the most innovative/creative marketing campaign by an Independent label or artist
• Alabama Shakes – album release campaign (ATO Records)
• Bear in Heaven – slowed-down album stream (Dead Oceans/Hometapes)
• Mumford & Sons – ‘Stopover’ tour (Glassnote Records)
• M83 – sustained album campaign (Mute)
• Brian Eno – ‘LUX’ listening events (Warp Records)
• Yep Roc – Yep Roc 15 Festival (Yep Roc Records)

Hardest Working Artist of the Year (sponsored by Believe Digital)celebrating the Independent label band/artist that worked hardest at their job or was the most instrumental in promoting their music
• Allen Stone (ATO Records)
• Bob Mould (Merge Records)
• Brother Ali (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
• Grimes (4AD)
• Jukebox the Ghost (Yep Roc Records)
• Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
• The Lumineers (Dualtone Music Group)

Best Live Act of the Yearcelebrating the Independent label band/artist that had the best live act
• Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)
• AWOLNATION (Red Bull Records)
• Bloc Party (Frenchkiss Records)
• Delta Spirit (Rounder)
• Hatebreed (Razor & Tie)
• M83 (Mute)
• Matt and Kim (FADER Label)
• Ra Ra Riot (Barsuk)

Creative Packaging Award (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
• “Charmer” – Aimee Mann (SuperEgo Records) by Gail Marowitz & Aimee Mann
• “II” – Bad Books (Triple Crown Records) by Brian Manley & Chris Freeman
• “Until the Quiet Comes” – Flying Lotus (Warp Records) by Stephen Serrato with B+
• “12 Bit Blues” – Kid Koala (Ninja Tune) by Eric San
• “The Disintegration Loops” – William Basinski (Temporary Residence Ltd.) by Jeremy deVine
• “Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection” – Woody Guthrie (Smithsonian Folkways) by Fritz Klaetke

21st Century Awardcelebrating the service provider or platform that was most beneficial to Independent labels and artists
• Bandzoogle
• Pandora
• PledgeMusic
• Rdio
• Spotify
• YouTube

Jon Salter, GM at ATO Records summed up the expression of pride that the LIBBY Awards are about when he accepted the nominations for his label and artists saying, “To see Indie records topping the charts and competing on a level playing field is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding for ATO and our artists. It’s been incredibly vibrant this year at ATO, and we feel lucky to have achieved such phenomenal results in a really tough climate. Being recognized by A2IM for the LIBBY nominations is an honor, especially during this extraordinary time for the Independent music sector.”

Dualtone’s Paul Roper, upon learning of the LIBBY nominations for The Lumineers and Dualtone Music Group said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by our Independent community with these nominations. As evidenced by the recent GRAMMY Awards and reports on market share, Indies are thriving now more than ever. We are extremely proud to have been able to contribute to that story.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated for the A2IM Light Bulb Award on behalf of all the great Yep Roc Artists who made having the festival possible in the first place,” said Billy Maupin, General Manager of Yep Roc Records. “And knowing that the nominations come from our peers in the Independent music community makes it that much more special and meaningful.”

Hopeless Records said of their three nominations, “What great news! We here at Hopeless Records are big supporters of A2IM and it is an honor to be nominated for Best Label, Video of the Year (All Time Low) and Up & Comer (Air Dubai). Vote for us!”

Hardest Working Artist nominee Jukebox The Ghost (Yep Roc Records) expressed their appreciation (from the road, of course), “Thanks to everyone who nominated us for this. We have met countless hardworking and talented artists, bands, promoters, and labels through years of doing this, so it feels quite special to be recognized among such a passionate community.”

We at Pandora are particularly proud to receive this nomination,” echoed Tim Westergren, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Pandora. “Since its inception, Pandora has been singularly focused on helping artists connect with their audiences. Personalized radio is a phenomenal resource for Independent musicians, drawing on a huge breadth of catalogue without regard to popularity. In a given month, Pandora plays the music of well over 100,000 artists, the vast majority of whom have never before been played on radio.”

And Daniel Glass, CEO of Glassnote Records, who has spent the better part of the last year seeing his vision and the passion and efforts of his artists and team being acknowledged from music fans, GRAMMY voters, and across the industry affirmed his Independent pride in accepting his three nominations exclaiming, “Huge! Thank you. We are so proud.”

In addition to the above twelve categories, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced shortly; voting on all awards will be open to A2IM voting members from April 25 to May 19.

Additionally, the A2IM Libera Award for “Up & Comer Artist presented by eMusic” will be determined by an eMusic member vote, giving music fans the opportunity to choose the next breakthrough Independent artist.

A2IM thanks Caroline, ADA, A to Z Media, Bandzoogle, Believe Digital, eMusic, Getty Images Music, Silva Screen Music Group, Spotify, and The Orchard for their sponsorship of the 2013 Libera Awards.

The 2nd Annual Libera Awards conclude A2IM’s 8th Anniversary Indie Week (June 18-20 in NYC), which will bring together more than 500 executives from around the globe for three days of interactive panels, think tanks, and one-on-one discussions on maximizing the global impact of Independent music.


Associate Member Spotlight: Believe Digital

Posted in Member Services, News by A2IM

Believe DigitalThis year marks significant growth for the music distributor Believe Digital, as the company opened new offices in South America, Canada, Spain and Russia while expanding its team in New York City.

Believe Digital is a global digital distributor and services provider for independent artists and labels, offering innovative digital distribution and promotion technology integrated with several hundred worldwide digital music stores. In addition to delivering thousands of new releases to online platforms, Believe provides trade marketing services, online marketing support including a comprehensive video management service, synchronization service, online social media strategy, and much more.

The company prides itself on meeting the unique requirements of each label they work with. They achieve this by providing tailor-made, personal service and strategies in marketing and distribution via their international network of industry experts. As a result they have won contracts to work with high-profile labels including Soundway (Kartel), Air Records Africa, Southern Fried, Hospital, Tru Thoughts, Blackheart, Dischord, System Recordings, and Latin Cool.

Shane German, formerly of SoundExchange, is now the Head of Label Relations for Believe at their U.S. headquarters in Brooklyn, New York and will be discussing distribution opportunities at Midem 2013. For U.S. inquiries, please contact Shane at and visit the company’s website at


A2IM’s Pre-CMJ Party Wrap-Up Including Pictures

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On Monday, Oct 15th, 2012, A2IM hosted our annual Pre-CMJ Kick-Off Event in NYC. Over 200 members braved the rain and joined in the fun. Networking and conversation among A2IM members was interwove with Slate’s offerings of pool and ping pong tables.  Thanks all who were able to join us! A Warm Thanks our Co-Sponsors Believe Digital and Myspace!!!

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A2IM Pre-CMJ Networking Reception (NYC, Oct 15)

Posted in Chapters, Events, Member Services, Members Only by A2IM

We hope you will join us on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 6PM–9PM for
a Pre-CMJ Networking Reception at Slate (54 W. 21st St., NYC, map).

This event is only open to members of A2IM.


Big thanks to Myspace and Believe Digital for sponsoring this event!

View the frequently updated guest list for this event HERE.

If you will be in NYC for CMJ and have not yet registered,
A2IM members receive a discount HERE.



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