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With three brand new categories, the 2024 edition of the famous Libera Awards is now accepting submissions through December 4!

New York, New York (October 16, 2023) – A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music, Inc.) announces that submissions are now open for the 2024 A2IM Libera Awards, the premier awards for independent music. Celebrating and uplifting the diverse and groundbreaking independent music sector since 2012, this year’s Libera Awards event will feature the addition of three exciting new categories.

Best Record From Games and Interactive Media will recognize the growing importance of video game music and honor outstanding original music composed for video games. Publisher of the Year will honor the publishing company that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to songwriters, composers, and the broader independent industry. Distributor of the Year will celebrate the distributor that has made significant contributions to the distribution of independent music. The submission deadline is December 4, 2023. Submit your work for consideration here

“The Libera Awards show is the biggest night of the year for independent music. An opportunity to celebrate the incredible talent, diversity, creativity, and hard work that takes place throughout the year. And an opportunity for us all to gather in one place and embrace the strength of our community. We are thrilled to add three new categories to the 2024 awards, to further shine a spotlight on the depth and breadth of the independent sector. We look forward to seeing and celebrating those nominated in the weeks ahead,” commented Dr. Richard James Burgess, MBE, President, and CEO of A2IM.

The 2023 Libera Awards presented by Merlin, was the largest Libera Awards to date, taking place at the Town Hall in midtown Manhattan, and hosted by multi-hyphenate, Hannibal Buress. Notable winners included Wet Leg (who took home 5 awards, including Record of the Year), Sudan Archives, Run The Jewels, Big Thief, Low, The Linda Lindas, Captured Tracks, Partisan Records, Innovative Leisure, and Bandcamp. The night included spectacular performances from GRAMMY-nominated artists Margo Price, and Shemekia Copeland, Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Gaby Moreno, plus Dawn Richard + Spencer Zahn, Sudan Archives, Seratones, Tamtam, Marshall Allen and The Sun Ra Arkestra, and the legendary Martha Reeves. Watch the recap below!

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 700 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.

Learn more about A2IM here.
For information about how to join our community, see here.