A2IM Announces Final Lineup of 2018 Libera Award Nominees

March 6, 2018

A2IM Announces Final Lineup of 2018 Libera Award Nominees

MARCH 6, 2018 – NEW YORK, NY As anticipation builds ahead of A2IM’s Indie Week – an event presented by SoundExchange in partnership with BuzzAngle – the organization is bringing the excitement to a fever pitch by announcing the final nominees for the 2018 Libera Awards.

“Since Edison invented the phonograph, independent music labels have defined American musical culture and disseminated it to the world. The Libera Awards is the first platform to celebrate and honor the entrepreneurial spirit, creative independence, and cultural diversity that undergirds these genre-defining American artists and businesspeople.” Richard James Burgess, CEO A2IM

From outstanding artists and labels to mesmerizing live acts and groundbreaking music videos, the Libera Awards provide an opportunity for the independent music community to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers. This year’s lineup of nominees features artists and music that are just as remarkable and diverse as ever, with rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry leading the pack with a posthumous Album of the Year nomination for his final album, Chuck. Other artists that are nominated this year are Deer Tick (Partisan Records), Powerflo (New Damage Records) and Independent Champions, SoundExchange and Merlin.

Billy Graziadel of Powerflo responded to their nomination for Best Metal Album by saying: “Psyched for this honor but what d’ya mean, we’re a hip hop band!” Sen Dog adds – “F*ck that, we’re METAL!”

Jamie Collinson, head of Ninja Tune North America says of the nomination: “Ninja Tune is absolutely thrilled to be nominated for (big) label of the year. This is the nomination we’ve long been hoping for, and we’re very grateful. The A2IM Libera Awards are the real deal for independent music – the best there is.”

“We passionately believe the health and vitality of independent record labels all over the world is crucial for the future of the entire industry. We are big supporters of the independent artists and labels we serve, and big believers in A2IM’s mission. It is rewarding that our efforts have been recognized by our peers with this nomination for the Libera Awards’ ‘Independent Champion’. We commend our fellow nominees for their service to the independent community,” said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe.

“As an organization created by the independent sector specifically to enhance the value of the digital business for independents worldwide, including our many A2IM members, being nominated in this category is truly satisfying. The Merlin team, who work tirelessly on behalf of our proudly independent members, are deeply honored that the A2IM constituency has recognized that work via this nomination, especially in our tenth anniversary year,” said Merlin’s CEO, Charles Caldas.

For a full list of 2018 A2IM Libera Awards Nominees, please visit: http://bit.ly/2tg2ZMw 

The Libera Awards will take place on June 21 at NYC’s PlayStation Theater. A2IM is thrilled to announce that this year’s Libera Awards will be hosted by NYC comedian Kate Wolff, who is best known for her appearances on truTV’s World’s Dumbest, FOX’s Red Eye, NickMom Night Out on Nickelodeon, as well as performances at comedy festivals and clubs across the country.

The Libera awards provide the perfect venue for the independent music community to celebrate the previous year’s hard work and honor their own. The event has grown year over year, with this year’s awards expected to be the biggest yet.

The awards are the culmination of A2IM Indie Week presented by SoundExchange, a four-day gathering of music industry leaders and luminaries that will take place from June 18 to June 21 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on NYC’s Lower East Side. It will feature talks, workshops, and panels meant to instruct and inspire.

Together, Indie Week and the Libera Awards are part of A2IM’s mission to represent and act as guardians of the independent music community through advocacy, education, and connection-building. A2IM is proud to use Indie Week as a tool to help decrease gender inequality in music through the PRS Foundation’s International Keychange initiative. Indie Week is one of only two US festivals to sign up for the initiative, which requires festivals and conferences to achieve and maintain a 50/50 gender balance across their events by 2022.

More Quotes from Libera Awards Nominees:

“The Secretly Group team is honored for our artists and labels to be recognized amongst so many others that we deeply admire. We applaud A2IM for expanding the scope of the Libera Awards categories to further spotlight the diversity of artists and sounds that comprise the independent music community. A special congratulations to each of our artist-partners nominated this year: Slowdive, Jamila Woods, Hüsker Dü, Moses Sumney, Phoebe Bridgers, Alex Cameron, and Kevin Morby. As always, we look forward to celebrating Indie Week in June.” said Nick Blanford, Managing Director of Secretly Group

“Massive news and a huge honor for our artists, our team and our artists’ teams. Cigarettes After Sex are experiencing breakthrough global success on their debut album, Deer Tick are the band on which the label is built and Fela Kuti is the jewel in our catalogue. Thank you A2IM and the Libera committee for your recognition and support!” said Partisan Records Managing Director, Zena White

“I’m delighted that Luca D’Alberto, the first release on our new neo-classic imprint 7K! has been nominated in the categories, Best Classical Album and Best Sync Usage” said Horst Weidenmueller – CEO !K7

I love the Libera’s – they’re such a great celebration of our community” said Martin Mills, Chairman, Beggars Group

“It’s an incredible honor to be nominated for an award that has gone to some amazing partners to the independent community over the years. Thanks to A2IM and the nominating committee for their consideration, and we look forward to celebrating the nomination with our fellow nominees at the Libera Awards. Hope to see you there!” said David Macias, Thirty Tigers

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The A2IM Libera Awards are sponsored by SoundExchange in partnership with The Orchard, ADA, Spotify, INgrooves, DISCO, and Songtrust.

About A2IM:

A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 550 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

The organization’s board of directors consists of the following: ATO Vice President Stephanie Alexa, President of Concord Music Group Glen Barros, Redeye Co-Owner Glenn Dicker, INgrooves EVP & General Manager Amy Dietz, Co-President of Mom+Pop Music Thaddeus Rudd, Big Machine COO Andrew Kautz, Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills, Hopeless Records Owner Louis Posen, Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin, Secretly Label Group Co-Owner Darius Van Arman and Razor & Tie President Vic Zaraya.

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