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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
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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 [firstname.lastname@example.org],
David McTiernan [email@example.com], or Rebecca Shapiro
[firstname.lastname@example.org] at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.
AWOLNATION, Battles, Bon Iver Lead Artist Nominations for A2IM’s Inaugural Libera Awards
Century Media, Jagjaguwar, Ninja Tune Snag Most Independent Label Nominations
Pandora, Official.fm, and eMusic Sponsor Independents’ Award Show
A2IM today announces the nominees for the inaugural Libera Awards (The “Libbies”), taking place June 21 at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge and capping off A2IM’s annual Indie Week. The Libera Awards recognize the growing support and market share for independent artists by celebrating the accomplishments of independent musicians and the independent labels and services that support them.
Eligible releases (January 1, 2011 – February 29, 2012) were narrowed down to six nominees per category (or seven in the case of a tie) by expert panels, including the most knowledgeable tastemakers, programmers, and professional supporters of independent music. The inaugural nominees indicate 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.
2012 Libera Award Nominees:
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
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
Independent Album of the Year presented by Official.FM
Independent Video of the Year
Independent Label of the Year (5 full time employees or fewer)
Independent Label of the Year (6 or more employees)
Light Bulb Award for Most Creative Marketing Campaign/Idea
Music Supervisor – celebrating the music supervisor/licensing person who was especially supportive of independent music labels and artists
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
Up & Comer Award presented by eMusic – celebrating the next independent label superstar artist
Said eMusic CEO and President Adam Klein, “We’re delighted to be a nominee for the Libbies’ 21st Century Award. eMusic has been dedicated to the independent music community since inception. Over the past year, we’ve reaffirmed our relevance in today’s music ecosystem and created a more valuable experience for the ‘culturally independent’ music buyer that our label partners need to reach. We’re contributing significant market share for making emerging indie artists.”
“So many different people came together across the country to bring Emperor X’s musical scavenger hunt to life,” said Bar/None’s Mark Lipsitz. “It is a testament to a progressive independent industry to be recognized by A2IM and the Libera Awards.”
Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren noted, “At Pandora, we believe there’s music out there for every fan and there’s an audience for every band. More than 70 percent of the artists in Pandora’s catalog are independent and 95 percent of our catalog spins every month. We are honored to be nominated for a Libbie because we celebrate the passion of these hard-working musicians.”
“We’re honored to be a presenting sponsor for the inaugural Libera Awards,” says Amaechi Uzoigwe, Head of Content & Business Affairs for Official.fm. “A2IM’s mission is invaluable to the independent music community and helping to recognize and celebrate the amazing record labels and artists who represent this community is truly special for us. We congratulate all the nominees and wish them the best of luck.”
See more reactions from Libera nominees HERE.
In addition to the above eleven categories, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced shortly; voting on all awards will be open to A2IM members from Wednesday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 22.
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 Pandora, Official.fm, and eMusic 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 album 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 York City.
The organization’s board of directors is composed of the following: Concord Music Group President Glen Barros; Sub Pop Records VP Business Affairs Eric Brown; tinyOGRE Entertainment COO Jim Cooperman; 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; Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin; Jim Selby, Naxos of America CEO, Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.
For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.a2im.org.