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The First Annual A2IM Libera Award Show “The Libbies” was a smashing success! The show, which was held in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21, 2012, was hosted by John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory). A2IM congratulates all of the night’s nominees and winners and extends a big thanks to our sponsors: official.fm, Pandora, eMusic & The Orchard. In July, a video of the Libera Award show will be available to watch on A2IM.org.
Below is a sampling of the press which we received.
A2IM’s official press release can be read HERE.
Pictures on Flickr by John Lambremont (Kill Rock Stars). Thanks John!!
Check Out The Libera Awards 2012 *Sizzle Reel* by josh steinbauer
Check out the Video of The Full Show recorded from the sound booth at Le Poisson Rouge
Thanks Again To Our Sponsors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2012
Merge, Daptone, Bon Iver Notch Inaugural Libera Wins
The remarkable scope of the independent music world was on display tonight (6/21) at
A2IM’s inaugural Libera Awards (”The Libbies”) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, celebrating
the range of the thriving indie world: diverse genres, labels big and small and from
around the globe. Created by and for the independent label community, the Libera
Awards – named for the Latin word for freedom – capped off A2IM’s 7th Anniversary Indie Week.
Jagjaguwar and Daptone Records led the field with two Libbie wins apiece, while other
winners included Spotify, Arcade Fire (Merge Records), and Glassnote Records. Bon Iver
(Jagjaguwar) grabbed a win for Independent Album of the Year while Daptone took
home Independent Label of Year (6 or more employees).
“Congratulations to all Libera Award nominees and awards winners,” said A2IM Vice
President Jim Mahoney. “A2IM couldn’t be prouder of the great accomplishments of
independent labels and artists in every genre and we’re very pleased that the A2IM
Libbies allow the indie community to celebrate itself.”
Among the 250+ attendees packed into the club was Martin Mills, the Beggars Group
Founder/CEO, who was awarded the inaugural A2IM Libera Awards Lifetime
Achievement Award. Seymour Stein presented the award to Mills with a heartfelt
speech, and the assembled indie music VIPs warmly welcomed Stein back into the
independent community with his relaunched Blue Horizon Records label (with partner
During the event, download-and-discovery service eMusic announced the winners for the A2IM Libera Awards Up & Comer Award. As determined by eMusic’s community of
members, the winner was the post-punk, soul group JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
(Bloodshot Records), while the winner voted by the A2IM membership was The Dø (Six
2012 Libera Winners:
21st Century Award – celebrating the service or platform most beneficial to independent
labels & artists:
Best Independent Sync Placement – the most creative or most impactful use of
independent music in a film/tv/ad campaign:
Glassnote Records (GIVERS’ song “Saw You First” in Kindle Fire product launch)
Creative Packaging Award – celebrating the best or most creative packaging – including
bundled packages, premium offerings or artwork/design packaging – from an independent label or artist:
Ninja Tune for Amon Tobin (ISAM limited edition “Control Over Nature” CD/Book)
Independent Album of the Year presented by Official.fm:
Bon Iver – ‘Bon Iver’ (Jagjaguwar)
Independent Video of the Year:
Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (Merge Records)
Independent Label of the Year (5 full time employees or fewer):
Independent Label of the Year (6 or more employees):
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Martin Mills, Beggars Group Founder/CEO
Light Bulb Award for Most Creative Marketing Campaign/Idea:
Epitaph/Anti- Records (Tom Waits Invite-Only Listening Party)
Music Supervisor – celebrating the music supervisor/licensing person who was especially
supportive of independent music labels and artists:
PJ Bloom (Neophonic)
Road Warrior of the Year – celebrating the independent label band/artist that was the
most fan-engaged/worked hardest at their job in the last 12 months:
Charles Bradley (Daptone Records)
Up & Comer Award presented by eMusic – celebrating the next independent label
The Dø (Six Degrees Records) [A2IM member vote]
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound (Bloodshot Records) [eMusic member vote]
A2IM thanks Official.fm, Pandora, eMusic, and The Orchard for their sponsorship of the
2012 Libera Awards.
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as
a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry’s
market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital sales). The
organization represents the Independents’ interests in the marketplace, in the media, on
Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New
As of July 4, 2012, the organization’s board of directors will be composed of the
following: Daptone Records General Manager Cathy Bauer; Sub Pop VP of Business
Affairs Eric Brown; Epitaph General Manager Dave Hansen; Yep Roc Records Co-Owner
Tor Hansen; Alligator Records Founder/CEO Bruce Iglauer; The Beggars Group
Founder/CEO Martin Mills; Glassnote Records General Manager Chris Scully; Naxos of
America CEO Jim Selby; Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman; Jagjaguwar/Dead
Oceans/Secretly Canadian Founder/Co-Owner Darius Van Arman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.
For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.A2IM.org.
For press information on A2IM, please contact Elizabeth Lutz [email@example.com],
David McTiernan [firstname.lastname@example.org], or Rebecca Shapiro
[email@example.com] at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.
A2IM Announces 2012 Board of Directors Election Results
A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, announces the results of their 2012 Board of Directors elections as voted by the A2IM label membership.
Newly elected A2IM Board of Directors (listed alphabetically):
The board members were elected by A2IM’s membership of nearly 300 independent music labels, representing a diverse array of genres, geographic locations and label sizes. The three newly elected members will serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors. Additionally, A2IM welcomes Ed Vetri (President/CEO of Wind-up) to the President’s Advisory Committee, appointed by President Rich Bengloff to assist and lend his expertise to the organization.
A2IM President’s Advisory Committee members reappointed due to their outstanding prior service:
The new board’s term will begin on July 4, 2012 and will officially be introduced during the organization’s 7th Anniversary Indie Week in NYC June 19-21.
Quote Excerpts from Incoming A2IM Board of Directors (listed alphabetically):
Cathy Bauer (GM, Daptone Records): “[A2IM] pushes the agenda forward for all labels big and small, no matter the genre, the annual revenue, or the latest chart position. I hope to learn from and contribute to that agenda.”
Chris Scully (GM, Glassnote Records): “It is an honor… I look forward to working with A2IM and the other members to ensure the collective voice of the Independent Music Community is represented in today’s evolving marketplace.”
Darius Van Arman (Founder and Co-Owner, Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian): “I am excited to continue our work towards the goal of realizing a moment when there’s no meaningful distinction between indie and major.”
The remainder of the organization’s board (all in the midst of three-year terms) is: Sub Pop VP of Business Affairs Eric Brown; Epitaph General Manager Dave Hansen; Yep Roc Records co-owner Tor Hansen; Alligator Records Founder/CEO Bruce Iglauer; The Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills; Naxos of America CEO Jim Selby; Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.
A2IM would like to express their gratitude to the three board members who, due to term limits, are stepping down at the end of the term: Glen Barros (Concord Records), Jim Cooperman (tinyOGRE), and Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars).
Quote Excerpts from Outgoing A2IM Board Members (listed alphabetically):
Glen Barros (Concord Records): “What?!? You guys were serious about this term limit thing?!? Well, I suppose that if I have to leave, it makes me feel great to know that the organization is in the hands of a stellar board and a fabulous management team.”
Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars): “Rich Bengloff and the entire A2IM staff should be commended for the work they’ve done to bring the independent community to the broader music industry table in the last several years… I know A2IM will continue to help the independent music community grow and flourish into the future.”
A2IM’s staff, board, and membership would like to thank all of the candidates who volunteered their time and effort to run for the board.
For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.A2IM.org.
For press information on A2IM, please contact Elizabeth Lutz [firstname.lastname@example.org], David McTiernan [email@example.com], or Rebecca Shapiro [firstname.lastname@example.org] at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.
A2IM’s annual Board of Directors election opened for voting on Wednesday, May 2nd (with every label member’s primary contact for A2IM possessing the right to vote). Once again we have an exciting (and large) list of members who have stepped up or accepted nomination to run for election to the A2IM board of directors. A2IM members will be voting to fill three seats from the below list of candidates (alphabetical by first name).
The nominees are:
1. Alisa Coleman (ABKCO)
2. Allen Kovac (Eleven Seven)
3. Andrew Kautz (Big Machine Records)
4. Brian McNelis (Lakeshore)
5. Brian Sharp (Century Media)
6. Cathy Bauer (Daptone)
7. Chris Scully (Glassnote)
8. Darius Van Arman (Jagjaguwar)
9. Dennis Murcia (Tropisound)
10. Denny Stilwell (Mack Avenue)
11. Ed Vetri (Wind-up)
12. Geoff Kulawick (True North Records)
13. Jamar Chess (Sunflower Entertainment)
14. Josh Norek (Nacional)
15. Richard Burgess (Smithsonian Folkways)
A2IM expresses our gratitude to the three board members who, due to term limits, must step down at the end of this term: Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars), Glen Barros (Concord Records) & Jim Cooperman (tinyOGRE). Portia, Glen and Jim, thank you sincerely for your involvement and commitment to this organization. We look forward to your ongoing contributions.