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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.


Become a Member of the Recording Academy

Posted in News by A2IM

You may be eligible to vote for the GRAMMY awards by becoming a voting member of the Recording Academy. If you have appeared on any commercially released recordings, been nominated for a GRAMMY or have been endorsed by Recording Academy Voting Members you could be eligible. Full details on the criteria for eligibility can be found here. In order to be eligible to vote for the 57th Annual GRAMMY awards you must be a member by November 15th. Membership is only $100 per year and will allow you to participate in the nominating process for next years GRAMMYS. Apply to join now.


GRAMMY’s ALERT: Register to Submit Music For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Posted in News by A2IM

57GrammyAwardsThe window to submit music for GRAMMY consideration opens July 1, 2013 but in order to submit your music for consideration you must (a) be a member of The Recording Academy or (b) you must be registered as a Media Company (typically a music label).

Media Company registration opens on June 20th.  Media Company registration instructions can be found HERE. As of this year, The Recording Academy has instituted a Media Registration Fee of $120. Instructions on who and how to pay can be found HERE.

The Online Entry Process (OEP) timetable is as follows:

First Round:  July 1, 9 a.m. PT through July 23, 6 p.m. PT
(For October 2013 – July 2014 releases)

Final Round:  August 13, 9 a.m. PT through August 27, 6 p.m. PT
(For August 2014 – September 2014 releases)

Media Registration Period opens June 20 and closes August 20

A2IM encourages our members to register with The Recording Academy as a Media Company or, become a member of the recording academy and  if you qualify, to become a voting member, eligible to vote for the Grammy winners. It’s only $100 a year to become a member (and if you qualify a voting member) of The Recording Academy. Less expensive than the Media Company Grammy submission fee.

We also suggest to our members that you encourage your artists (or any other eligible person that you know) to become a voting member of The Recording Academy.  The dues are $100 for 1 year and members not only get to submit music for GRAMMY consideration, get to vote for GRAMMY nominees and winners, but also get to take advantage of many valuable benefits and services.  To find out if you’re eligible to be a voting member of The Recording Academy and/or to join click HERE.


PandoDaily:”Not only is it cool to be an indie artist, it’s also beginning to pay off”

Posted in News by A2IM

Not only is it cool to be an indie artist, it’s also beginning to pay off
Cale Weissman

Republished from PandoDaily Below

The Grammys have come and gone, and Macklemore is now officially cool, his street cred rising high since beating down a real rapper. Or do the Grammys make you not cool? I have trouble keeping track.

Nevertheless, one thing to note is that independent artists did exceptionally well this year. They did well last year, too. And the year before that, and leading up to 2011 Indie artists won album of the year four straight years. Sense a trend?

At any rate, about half of the artists who won Grammys this year were considered “independent.” Which is to say the artists were not represented by a major music label. These included Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Vampire Weekend. Note, too, that Taylor Swift is considered an indie artist.

This shouldn’t come as a huge shock, says Rich Bengloff, the president of the American Association of Independent Music. Over the last few years, independent music has gotten a whole lot more popular. The reason: online music services like Pandora and, now, Beats. They are changing music consumption habits, nichifying music and helping listeners to find artists they might not have come across in the past.

“We happened to get lucky because society has become more niche oriented,” he says.

It’s been a long road, though. He’s been working for the last eight and half years at A2IM, trying to help labels who wouldn’t otherwise be picked up by the majors. “Our mantra is access and monetization,” he says.

And thanks to services like Pandora, et al, which frequently showcase artists who aren’t represented by major record labels, access has definitely increased. And with more access, comes the possibility for smaller labels to make more money. Which, according to Bengloff, is happening —  with his help, of course.

Bengloff’s role as president is largely acting as an advocate for smaller labels. Right now his organization represents more than 325 labels, along with about 125 associated members. His work is to make sure these labels get the credit they’re due. This means being aware of new music services that may promote independent musicians, as well as help burgeoning artists and labels network with others.

While major labels are looking to sell millions of record and using the most expensive equipment available, Bengloff’s metric for success is slightly different. Many of his musicians aren’t looking for overt acclaim from the masses, or to be played on every radio station around. Instead, all they want is to record an album and sell enough to continue doing what they love. For many labels, selling 20,000 records is the perfect amount to pay both those behind the booth as well as the artists performing.

And now he sees these artists getting even more due — the Grammys being a perfect symbol for that.

The next hurdle he sees is to ensure that music-playing platforms continue to remunerate artists. “Consumers have to be re-taught that music shouldn’t be free,” he says. This seems to be slowly happening. According to Billboard Magazine, independent labels control 34.6 percent of the music market.

And, in my opinion, this new widespread indie music love is a boon for society too. More music artists are able to focus on their craft and still make a living.

Or, as Bengloff explains it, “our community looks to produce a body of work.”

I’m not sure if the same thing can be said for Justin Bieber.


Independent Music Takes 50% of GRAMMY Awards

Posted in News, Press Releases by A2IM

Independent music reigned at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking home 50 percent of the evening’s honors, the highest percentage of wins since A2IM began tracking the awards in 2006. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home awards in four categories, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, for their independently released album, The Heist. Accepting one of his Grammys, Macklemore said, “we made it independently and appreciate all the support.” A2IM voting members had honored Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with a “Video of the Year” award at the organization’s 2013 Libera Awards.

Leading all independent labels, Concord Music Group artists took home six Grammy Awards including Best Blues Album, Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best American Roots Song. Concord President Glen Barros expressed his honor and appreciation, “To all our Grammy winning artists and nominees, I’m so glad that Grammy Love Has Come For You. It’s time to Get Up! Spread your Wings and celebrate! Congratulations to all. It’s a great honor to work with such amazing talent.”

XL Recording’s Kris Chen said of Vampire Weekend’s win for Best Alternative Album, “XL Recordings is so proud of Vampire Weekend for their Grammy win. They created the best album of their career so far, and certainly the best album released last year.””

Said Naxos USA CEO Jeff Van Driel, who counted two label Grammys and two more for projects distributed by Naxos: “It no longer seems to be a question of whether independent labels will fare well at the Grammy Awards. To that point, the Naxos of America distribution family includes hundreds of independent classical, world, and jazz labels that continue to get the attention of the Academy voters and this year is no exception. We are proud of all of our nominees and winners and look forward to more years of Grammy success.”

A2IM Vice President Jim Mahoney remarked of Independent music’s strong showing at the 56th annual Grammys: “Independents take the risks, start every music trend, every new genre but sometimes it’s easy to forget that independents also bring the hits. From Macklemore to Vampire Weekend to all of the important genre category winners who make music listening so much more rich and interesting, A2IM thanks the GRAMMY voters for providing the ultimate level playing field recognizing the independent contribution with 50% of the Awards presented tonight.””

Quotes from other independent GRAMMY Award winning A2IM members include:

Tuff Gong Worldwide label head Orly Marley celebrated a Best Reggae Album GRAMMY saying, “We are proud and thrilled as an independent label to be recognized by The Recording Academy.  Ziggy Marley’s latest offering is a true testament that good music live or studio is timeless and should be celebrated.”  Tuff Gong Worldwide owner and GRAMMY Award winner Ziggy Marley added, “We are honored and humbled by this award. I’d like to thank the Grammys and all the people out there who support us. Thank you.”

Mike Carden president of operations Eagle Rock Entertainment, winner of 2 GRAMMYs for Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses expressed his gratitude, “I would like to thank all independent A2IM Grammy voters for their continued support of Eagle Rock’s great music films.”

Dualtone Music Group CEO Scott Robinson celebrating the well deserved recognition for Guy Clark said, ”Dualtone is deeply honored to have Guy Clark as part of our Dualtone family.  Troubadours like Guy come around rarely…a storyteller, a songwriter, a poet, a guitar builder, and a painter.  After seven nominations, Guy finally gets the Grammy recognition that he long deserves.  Congrats Guy Clark!”

This year marked the sixth consecutive year that independent labels and artists led the industry with 50% of all nominations, earning 199 of 398 non-producer nominations.

Additional Grammy Press:

Independent Music Wins 50% Of 2014 Grammys
Bruce Houghton
Independents Claim 50% Share of Grammy Wins, Largest Share in A2IM History
Reggie Ugwu