Once again The Recording Academy will team with Billboard to provide a special opportunity to members. Billboard’s 56th GRAMMY Awards Voter Guide will be sent to all members and provide you the ability to add extra awareness for your nomination, as well as special rates if you’re an independent artist. Please contact Billboard at the numbers provided for more information. Please be aware that given the earlier show date, this opportunity will end soon. Details below.
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The final nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced and independents once again were celebrated by the voting members of The Recording Academy scoring 50% of the non-producer category nominations and dominating the nominations in numerous categories.
Independent artists and labels were nominated in 67 of the 80 counted categories including placing two of the five nominees for Album of the Year (a category which has been won for 5 consecutive years by artists signed to independent labels). Independents were also recognized with 100% of the nominations in 16 of the GRAMMY categories.
For a full list of A2IM member nominees, click HERE.
If you are an A2IM label member who received a nomination that is not listed on the attached document please let us know.
Congratulations and good luck to all of our members and their artists at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. For voting members of The Recording Academy, please don’t forget to VOTE INDEPENDENT!
See A2IM’s official press release from Shore Fire Media below.
|Independents Score Nods in Top GRAMMY Categories; Earn Half of all Nominations for 4th Year Running
A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, congratulates this year’s Grammy Award nominees, and specifically recognizes the independent music labels and artists that earned 199 nominations out of 398 non-producer category nominations – half of all nominees for the fourth consecutive year. Independents showed their diversity and might scoring a majority of nominations in 39 of the 80 non-producer categories. For 16 of the evening’s categories, including Best Folk Album and Best Pop Instrumental Album, Independents secured 100% of the nominations. Leading the way for the Independents were labels Concord Music Group, Big Machine, and Beggars Group while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ 7 nominations were joined by Independent label artists Queens of the Stone Age, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift with 3 nominations each to put a point on this celebration of Independents by Grammy voters.
Jim Mahoney, A2IM Vice President, says, “Again, The Recording Academy did a great job of recognizing some of the incredible and diverse music out on Independent labels this year. We couldn’t be more thrilled for these dedicated, deserving labels to be recognized this year for their hard work, it’s truly impressive.”
Mahoney continued, “Congratulations to all of the nominees and here’s to a celebration ringing with independent spirit come January.”
GRAMMY Ballots Must Be Received (NOT POSTMARKED) By October 30, 2013
1st round ballots for the 56th Annual GRAMMYs have now been distributed to voting members of The Recording Academy. We are not asking anyone to vote for any particular artist, but we can’t afford those expensive advertisements so all A2IM is asking you to do is VOTE INDEPENDENT!
This LINK is a list of A2IM’s independent label member entries in order as they appear on the GRAMMY ballot. It will continue to be updated as we receive more entries from A2IM members. If you have a project on the first round ballot that you would like added to this link, please send 2013 Grammy entries to Louis Joachim (email@example.com) using the LINK FORMAT worksheet. Ballots must be received by The Recording Academy by Oct 30th.
Please forward this to all of your artists, artist managers, and other contacts who are (or may be) GRAMMY voters and ask them to VOTE INDEPENDENT.
A2IM will be messaging our members’ submission entries for GRAMMY nomination to our full contact database but in order to include yours we need for you to:
The ballot entries of all artists, albums, and singles that have been submitted for consideration in the GRAMMY Awards process has been mailed to all voting members of The Recording Academy. If your submission(s) appears on 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 www.grammy365.org.
We are creating a list of our members’ entries and circulating this list to our full contact list late this week. To have your 1st round submissions included in our messaging please send Louis Joachim (firstname.lastname@example.org) a list of your 56th Annual GRAMMY entries from the distributed ballots.
We need you to send to us the following info filled out into the spreadsheet – link HERE (include info for all columns on the spreadsheet):
*Part (enter 1 for general field or enter 2 for all other fields):
*Field Number (29 in total, there no field numbers for general categories):
*Field Title (ie. General, Pop, Dance, Rock, etc.):
*Category Number (80 in total):
*Category Title (ie. Record of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album, etc.):
*Album / Song Title:
PLEASE NOTE: WE CAN ONLY INCLUDE entries FOR PROJECTS OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY A2IM LABEL MEMBERS.
All relevant info is available on the official voting ballot distributed to all voting members of The Recording Academy.
If you have any questions on the above, please don’t hesitate to contact Louis Joachim at 646 692 4877 ext. 5.
IMPORTANT: If the information is not submitted in the above format using the spreadsheet, your nominees will not be included in our members list that we’ll be distributing to our contacts. We’ll be sending our comprehensive list in a quick turnaround to get into the hands of as many Recording Academy voters as possible.
Good luck and remember, VOTE INDEPENDENT!
As we previously reported, Grammy nomination submission time is upon us.
Media Company Information: Media Company registration opened on June 14th. 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.
Media companies have two rounds to make entries:
* July 1-24 for October 2012 – July 2013 releases (CLOSED)
* August 14-28 for August 2013 – September 2013 releases
Voting and Associate Member Information: Voting and Associate Members who have joined or renewed prior to July 31, 2013 are eligible to participate.
Voting and Associate Members (NOT MEDIA MEMBERS) have one round to make entries:
* August 1 through August 28, 2013.
The Grammy’s 56th Eligibility Period is for recordings commercially released from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.
The 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 voting 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 14th. 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. Media companies then have two rounds to make entries: July 1-24 for October 2012 – July 2013 releases and August 14-28 for August 2013 – September 2013 releases.
A2IM encourages our members to register with The Recording Academy as a Media Company or, if you qualify, to become a voting member, eligible to vote for the Grammy winners. It’s only $100 a year to become a voting member of The Recording Academy.
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.
Over the last few years, independents (and especially A2IM members) have seen our number of nominations and GRAMMY Awards increase significantly. Let’s keep growing!!! Independents should participate and get their artists to participate by registering as Media Companies, by submitting music entries for consideration, and by registering to become voting members of The Recording Academy we can create change! Any questions please let us know.