10th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced!

10th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced!

Melissa Auf der Maur, Ra Ra Riot, Flying Lotus, Hemoptysis, Jim Campilongo, Jackson Browne and David Lindley Among Nominees for The 10th Independent Music Awards

More Than 300 Self-Released & Independent Label Talent Nominated

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2011 – Independent music fans hungering for diversity can take heart. Renowned for celebrating artists who follow their own muse, Music Resource Group (MRG) announced the Nominees of The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the more than 300 Nominees in the nearly 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories were culled from submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

The 10th IMA Nominees are an eclectic mix of rising stars including Strawfoot (Alt. Country Song), Hemoptysis (Metal/Hardcore Song), and Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three (Americana Album); and established talent including telecaster virtuoso, Jim Campilongo (Instrumental Album), experimental multi-genre artist, Flying Lotus (Music Video and Dance/Electronica Song), and indie rockers, Ra Ra Riot (Pop/Rock Album). Perhaps better known as major label acts, this year’s Nominees also include former Hole bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur (Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Album), and singer/songwriter legend Jackson Browne with David Lindley (Live Performance Album).

Winners will be determined by a panel of 62 influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann, Pete Wentz, Bettye LaVette, Seal, Adam Duritz, Ozzy Osbourne, Arturo Sandoval, Martin Atkins, Andrew W. K., Shelby Lynne, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Pat McGuire (Filter Magazine) and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter) and will be announced in March, 2011. Music fans have until July 11 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected IMA Winners.

Hear the music of all Nominees at: http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/10th

Artistry Has Its Awards

Celebrating the democracy of creativity and meritocracy of talent, The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent artists, traditionally ignored by mass media and big box retailers.

For the past 10 years, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry networking database The Musician’s AtlasOnline, and producers of the original webTV series, Grooveable Feast, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

Winners of The 10th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of 50 million music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

Submissions for The 11th Independent Music Awards will open in March. www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com

Announcing The 10th IMA Nominees

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Section Category Nominee Nominated Work
Album Adult Contemporary Ali Milner I Dare You
Album Adult Contemporary KJ Denhert Album No. 9
Album Adult Contemporary Spottiswoode Piano 45
Album Adult Contemporary The Webb Sisters Savages
Album Adult Contemporary Victoria Vox Exact Change
Album Alt. Country Moonshine Ramblers Moonshine Ramblers
Album Alt. Country Possessed by Paul James Feed the Family
Album Alt. Country The Curst Sons The Original and Genuine
Album Alt. Country Tom Vandenavond You Oughta Know Me By Now
Album Alt. Country Toy Soldiers Whisper Down the Lane
Album Americana Erika Chambers Light at Eventide
Album Americana Jubal’s Kin Jubal’s Kin
Album Americana Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three Riverboat Soul
Album Americana Possessed by Paul James Feed the Family
Album Americana The Black Lillies Whiskey Angel
Album Blues Eden Brent Ain’t Got No Troubles
Album Blues Jean Shy & Friends Blow Top Blues
Album Blues John Jackson Rappahannock Blues
Album Blues Little Miss Higgins Across the Plains
Album Blues Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps You Know You Love It
Album Children’s Music Andrew and Polly Up and At ‘Em
Album Children’s Music Flannery Brothers The New Explorers Club
Album Children’s Music Oran Etkin Wake Up Clarinet!
Album Children’s Music The Monkey Bunch Power To the Little People
Album Children’s Music Various Artists – Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies
Album College Label Release (Album or EP) Birdie Busch Everyone Will Take You In
Album College Label Release (Album or EP) The Swimmers People Are Soft
Album College Label Release (Album or EP) Toy Soldiers Whisper Down the Lane
Album College Label Release (Album or EP) Various Artists – Potential Unlimited Potential Unlimited
Album Compilation Album Hans Mayer Silly Biz: Hanz Mayer Favorites
Album Compilation Album Various Artists – Classic Appalachian Blues Classic Appalachian Blues
Album Compilation Album Various Artists – Classic Sounds of New Orleans Classic Sounds of New Orleans
Album Compilation Album Various Artists – JAMinc Concert Series 1 JAMinc Concert Series 1
Album Concept Album Hypnogaja Truth Decay
Album Concept Album My Glorious Home Is Where the Heart Breaks
Album Concept Album Taylor Carson Defending the Name
Album Concept Album Zack Orr Francisco the Man
Album Contemporary Christian Andreas Sandlund Sacred Love
Album Contemporary Christian Bridget Larson He Is
Album Contemporary Christian Craig Whittaker Standing
Album Contemporary Christian Derrick Drover Worship & Wonder
Album Contemporary Christian Nathan Brooks Dream in Truths
Album Contemporary Classical Alejandro Escuer Folklore Imaginario
Album Contemporary Classical Christopher Tin Calling All Dawns
Album Contemporary Classical Jenni Brandon Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano
Album Contemporary Classical Michael Ford Dream of the Wind
Album Contemporary Classical Zoe Keating Into the Trees
Album Country Bryan Cole Wide Open Road
Album Country Codie Prevost Get Loud
Album Country Darrell Scott A Crooked Road
Album Country John McLeod and his Country Band Moving On
Album Country Logan Mize Logan Mize
Album Dance/Electronica aKido Gamechanger
Album Dance/Electronica Bloodgroup Dry Land
Album Dance/Electronica Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Album Dance/Electronica PARALLELS Visionaries
Album Dance/Electronica Svoy Automatons
Album Eclectic Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious
Album Eclectic E. G. Bailey American Afrikan
Album Eclectic Marco Benevento Between the Needles & Nightfall
Album Eclectic Shin Kawasaki / Flying Platforms Shin Kawasaki / Flying Platforms
Album EP bignic A Liar and A Thief
Album EP Malajube Contrôle
Album EP Rebecca Jordan Souvenir
Album EP the binary marketing show Clues From the Past
Album EP The Paper Shapes Be Vigilant
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter Galia Arad Ooh La Baby
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter Jane Taylor Compass
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter Laure Perret Tired But Happy
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter Madison Violet No Fool For Trying
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter Tripping Lily The Day Everything Became Nothing
Album Gospel Asylum Street Spankers God’s Favorite Band
Album Gospel Marjane’ Won’t Let Go
Album Gospel Swan Silvertones Need More Love
Album Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Evils That Never Came Northerly Windings
Album Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Forest City Lovers Carriage
Album Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Melissa Auf der Maur Out of Our Minds
Album Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Shortstack Please Leave My Mind
Album Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Sun Hotel Coast
Album Instrumental Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews
Album Instrumental Incendio Vihuela
Album Instrumental Jim Campilongo Orange
Album Instrumental Sultans of String Yalla Yalla!
Album Instrumental Trabants Highwire Surfing
Album Jazz Mike Clark Carnival of Soul
Album Jazz Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband Ceremony
Album Jazz Pharez Whitted Transient Journey
Album Jazz The Bill McBirnie Duo/Quartet Mercy
Album Jazz Tony Grey Unknown Angels
Album Latin Arturo Ortega Teoria Hibrida
Album Latin Dislocados La Salida
Album Latin Orquesta Sabadonga Pa’ los Rumberos del Mundo
Album Latin Savor ¡Moviendote!
Album Live Performance Geri Allen Geri Allen & Timeline Live
Album Live Performance Jackson Browne & David Lindley Love Is Strange
Album Live Performance John Jackson Rappahannock Blues
Album Live Performance Kirsty McGee & The Hobopop Collective No. 5
Album Live Performance Organamix Groovin’ at Groove Junction
Album Metal/Hardcore Ceremony Of Darkness 13
Album Metal/Hardcore Echoes Nature|Existence
Album Metal/Hardcore Methodical Methodical
Album New Age David Hoffman Calmness of Spirit
Album New Age Patrick Bernard Paix Amour & Lumière
Album New Age Peter Kater Call of Love
Album New Age Rob Horvath Creation
Album New Age Various Artists – Sound Of The Crystal Energy, Vol. 2: The Dance Of Vigor Sky/Thunder Sound Of The Crystal Energy, Vol. 2: The Dance Of Vigor Sky/Thunder
Album Pop/Rock Fictionist Lasting Echo
Album Pop/Rock One Step Away For the Broken
Album Pop/Rock Ra Ra Riot The Orchard
Album Pop/Rock shoe. Speed of Life
Album Pop/Rock The Hundred in the Hands The Hundred in the Hands
Album Punk The Knockouts Among the Vultures
Album Punk The Revelevens Welcome to Baltimore
Album Punk The SpacePimps Stuck Here Forever
Album R&B Jamila Ford Enough
Album R&B Lenny Hamilton Wayout: Portfolio, Vol. 1
Album R&B Michael Stewart Where I’m Going…
Album R&B Nicholas Howard God Is In the City
Album R&B Shamika Phoenix On the Rise
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Eastern Sunz Corroded Utopia
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Konshens and his State of Mind the evolution
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Line For Line Line For Line
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Radio Radio Belmundo Regal
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Tah Phrum Duh Bush Luminous Dark Alleys: The Insomniac Works
Album Reissue D.C. Hall’s New Concert & Quadrille Band Grand Concert!
Album Reissue Doug Jenson and the Feel Kings Nickel and Wood
Album Reissue Ola Belle Reed Rising Sun Melodies
Album Tribute Album Luciano Troja At Home With Zindars
Album Tribute Album The Nu-Utopians Imagined
Album Tribute Album Various Artists – All Sewn Up: A Tribute To Patrik Fitzgerald All Sewn Up: A Tribute To Patrik Fitzgerald
Album World Beat Evarusnik High Collar Dark Sky
Album World Beat Karim Baggili Léa & Kash
Album World Beat Roman Miroshnichenko Temptation
Album World Beat Sofia Rei Sube Azul
Album World Beat Sultans of String Yalla Yalla!
Album World Traditional Christiane Karam & ZilZALA Songs of the People
Album World Traditional Srivani Jade Meera’s Love
Album World Traditional Tomoko Sugawara Along the Silk Road
Album World Traditional Various Artists – Music of Central Asia Vol. 9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals  
Album World Traditional Zhao Jiazhen Zhao Jiazhen: Masterpieces of the Chinese Qin from the Tang Dynasty to Today
Song Acoustic Amanda Duncan Love I Have for You
Song Acoustic Mishaped Pearls Benedizione
Song Acoustic The Blues Preachers The Free Train Agreement
Song Acoustic The Steel Wheels Valley
Song Acoustic Tripping Lily High
Song Adult Contemporary Ali Milner I Dare You
Song Adult Contemporary Eden Brent Leave Me Alone
Song Adult Contemporary Reed Waddle Piece By Piece
Song Adult Contemporary The Speedbumps I Come From A Town
Song Adult Contemporary The Webb Sisters Baroque Thoughts
Song Alt. Country Jake and the Leprechauns Busy Bee
Song Alt. Country Lera Lynn Bobby, Baby
Song Alt. Country Strawfoot Hole
Song Alt. Country The Knockouts Ever Been Hurt
Song Alt. Country The Nightmare River Band Mary
Song Americana Art Gomperz Band featuring Jenna Mamminna Dont Worry Anymore
Song Americana Erika Chambers The War
Song Americana Hymn For Her Grave
Song Americana Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three Claude Jones
Song Americana The Dustbowl Revival Dans Jam
Song Blues Baby Tate (Classic Appalachian Blues) See What You Done Done
Song Blues Eddie Turner Miracles and Demons Part 2
Song Blues Johnsmith Jay Bird
Song Blues Sunday Wilde That Man Drives Me Mad
Song Blues Toy Soldiers Throw Me Down
Song Children’s Music Andrew and Polly When You’re A Dog
Song Children’s Music Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights More Cowbell
Song Children’s Music Leeny and Tamara Ladybug, Ladybug, Ladybu-u-ug
Song Children’s Music Once Upon An Opera The Wolf is Bad
Song Children’s Music Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family Dont I Fit in My Daddys Shoes
Song Contemporary Christian Andreas Sandlund It Is Your Grace
Song Contemporary Christian Canopy Red All Around Me
Song Contemporary Christian Generation Letter King Of Peace
Song Contemporary Christian J. Douglas Wright Glorious Savior
Song Contemporary Christian Joey Davila Band Go Back
Song Country Brad Lee Schroeder Easy
Song Country Bri Anne Michelle Prayer On Your Knees
Song Country Jeremy Parsons Doggondest Feelin
Song Country Lila James Whiskey Me Away
Song Country The Steel Wheels Nothing You Cant Lose
Song Cover Song Carla Hassett Julia (ft. Mike Patton)
Song Cover Song Collide The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
Song Cover Song Girl In A Coma Walkin After Midnight
Song Cover Song Lindy LaFontaine Low
Song Cover Song Tiff Jimber Dynamite
Song Dance/Electronica bignic Scream
Song Dance/Electronica Fenech-Soler Lies
Song Dance/Electronica Svoy Automatons
Song Dance/Electronica The Woodlands In The Dark On Monday (Heavy Hands Remix)
Song Dance/Electronica Twinz Beatz In Wonderland
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter Ginas Picture Show Don’t Be Mad
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter Kai I Choose Me
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter Madison Violet The Ransom
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter Megan Slankard The Happy Birthday
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter The Steel Wheels Red Wing
Song Gospel Charles DeWayne Holdin’ On
Song Gospel Divas Redemption feat. Paul Smith Love Him 4 That
Song Gospel Mike Hammar and The Nails This Ain’t Goodbye
Song Gospel The Steel Wheels Working On A Building
Song Gospel Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Song Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Amanda Duncan The Cookie Song
Song Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Brandon Schott Winter in the Sun
Song Holiday Song (Any Holiday) In A World… Halloween Masquerade Waltz
Song Holiday Song (Any Holiday) John D. Visconti It Won’t Be Christmas Without You
Song Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Myla Smith Christmas Lights
Song Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Georgi Kay Back To Back
Song Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Grand Atlantic Shes A Dreamer
Song Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Hotspur Chandelier
Song Indie/Alt./Hard Rock LIONS Gimmie Riot
Song Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Midnight Spin Trigger Finger Itch
Song Instrumental Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews The Chocolatier’s Lament
Song instrumental Jim Campilongo Awful Pretty, Pretty Awful
Song Instrumental The Marc Atkinson Trio Vorizo
Song Instrumental Tim and Myles Thompson Gypsy Samba
Song Instrumental Tim Ferguson/The Cousin Lovers Penetration
Song Jazz Earl MacDonald Bad Dream
Song Jazz Halie Loren Thirsty
Song Jazz Joel Dilley Luz de la Luna
Song Jazz Mimosa Hôtel
Song Jazz Richie Kayes Music and Mirth Tiny Capers
Song Latin Damian Wyldes Tu Que Lloras Por El
Song Latin Dislocados Ya (Nada Menos)
Song Latin Domino Saints Ahora es Ahora
Song Latin Manicato Familia
Song Latin Omar Torrez Marina
Song Love Song Scrapyard Lullaby Baby
Song Love Song Emily Greene Oceans and Waves
Song Love Song Jes Hudak All Mine
Song Love Song Seth Glier Naia
Song Love Song The Droge and Summers Blend Two of the Lucky Ones
Song Metal/Hardcore Autumns Eyes Feast of the Dead
Song Metal/Hardcore Diablo Swing Orchestra Lucy Fears The Morning Star
Song Metal/Hardcore Hemoptysis Shadow of Death
Song Metal/Hardcore Kaspar Torn Pole Shift
Song Metal/Hardcore Stone Crusher Sea Witch
Song New Age Angelika Prana Apana (Kundalini Rising)
Song New Age Ann Licater Into The Heart
Song New Age David Clavijo Promises
Song New Age Efimus Indian Summer
Song New Age Sada Gayatri Mantra
Song Pop/Rock Fast Romantics Cool Kids
Song Pop/Rock Fictionist Blue-Eyed Universe
Song Pop/Rock Foreword Watch It All Go Down
Song Pop/Rock Quiet Company Its Better To Spend Money Like Theres No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like Theres No Money
Song Pop/Rock The Swimmers A Hundred Hearts
Song Punk Berri Txarrak Folklore
Song Punk The Knockouts Heat For The Hunted
Song Punk The Motorleague Hymn For The Newly Departed
Song Punk The SpacePimps The Guide To Ruining Your Life
Song Punk Voice Of Addiction September Remembered
Song R&B Ashleigh Eymann Bedrock
Song R&B Bobby Bookout Broken Promises
Song R&B Iyeoka This Time Around
Song R&B Selena Evangeline Bad Weather
Song R&B The Alex Boye Review Good For Ya Babe
Song Rap/Hip-Hop Animate Objects feat. Maggie Vagle Jesse Jackson
Song Rap/Hip-Hop Broad Way Sleep Something to Touch
Song Rap/Hip-Hop JJ Bass Bad Habits
Song Rap/Hip-Hop Miles Jones Time Machine
Song Rap/Hip-Hop Model T Cant Do It Like Me
Song Sing Out For Social Action Clear Soul Renew My Faith In People
Song Sing Out For Social Action Diana Anaid Charity
Song Sing Out For Social Action KJ Denhert Choose Your Weapon
Song Sing Out For Social Action Tom Neilson Solstice Morning
Song Sing Out For Social Action Tracorum Break The Chains
Song Song Used in Film/TV/Multimedia BandB Bent
Song Song Used in Film/TV/Multimedia Christopher Tin Baba Yetu (feat. Soweto Gospel Choir)
Song Song Used in Film/TV/Multimedia Emily Arin When You Knew Me When
Song Song Used in Film/TV/Multimedia Emily Greene Just Fine
Song Song Used in Film/TV/Multimedia Tony Chen Righteous Marching
Song Story Song Alex Berger Snow Globe
Song Story Song Dan Cunningham Out Of My Mind
Song Story Song G Miley Dancing With My Dream
Song Story Song Greg Smith and The Broken English Man of Many Men (Normans Song)
Song Story Song Rachael Sage Brave Mistake
Song World Beat Birds of Paradox Temple Bells
Song World Beat Christopher Tin Baba Yetu (feat. Soweto Gospel Choir)
Song World Beat Selasee Saidaway
Song World Beat Timbila Nilevile
Song World Beat Tosi Brooks Been So Long
Song World Traditional Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble Laz Barr (Ancient Black Sea Folk Dance of the Laz, Armenian, and Greek People)/td>
Song World Traditional Seven Winds Eg Stoggar Under Den Gamle Eiki – Lat Sno Og Vinter Falla
Song World Traditional Vandana Vishwas Badara Re
Song World Traditional Various Artists – Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow Leyla
Song World Traditional Various Artists – Music of Central Asia Vol. 9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals Dhun, Misra Kirwani
Design Album Art Brandi Strickland Fictionist – Lasting Echo
Design Album Art Geninne D. Zlatkis Jubal’s Kin – Jubal’s Kin
Design Album Art Matt Skoog The Paper Shapes – Be Vigilant
Design Album Art Nir Gutraiman FeelAbouT – Point of You
Design Album Art Paul Underwood Chris Pickering – Work of Fiction
Design Album Packaging Greg Carr & Salli Ratts / G.Carr Illustration and Design Victoria Vox – Exact Change
Design Album Packaging Haavard Gjelseth / This Way Design Various Artists – All Sewn Up: A Tribute To Patrik Fitzgerald (Vinyl)
Design Album Packaging Haavard Gjelseth / This Way Design Dog & Sky – Lhasa Express (Box Set)
Design Album Packaging Keystone Designing Co. Xue-Shi You – The Steadfast Palm Grass
Design Album Packaging Qing-Yang Xiao CinCin Lee – Story Island
Design Artist / Band Publicity Photography David Evans Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – Press Photo
Design Artist / Band Publicity Photography Jenna Stoltzfus Stamm The Swimmers – Publicity Photo
Design Artist / Band Publicity Photography John Mazlish Rachael Sage – Delancey Street UK
Design Artist / Band Publicity Photography Rian Flynn The Bolts – “The Big Bad Bolts” – promo for The Bolts “Play the Music” release
Design Band Venue Poster Felipe Valencia Old Wives’ Tale – LIVE in Paris
Design Band Venue Poster Matt Skoog The Paper Shapes – Official Passion Pit Aftershow
Design Band Venue Poster Vagina Panther Vagina Panther – Vagina Panther Hair Pie
Design Concert Photography Doug Seymour Hoots And Hellmouth – Live Photo
Design Music Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.) Dorotea Design Lab Old Wives’ Tale – Official Site (band)
Design Music Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.) OrangeYouGlad alexandra and the good batch (band)
Design Music Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.) StudioAKT NOT THEM (band)
Design Music Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.) This By Them *Puzzle Tree Music (record label including Pete Droge/The Droge & Summers Blend)
Design Music Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.) Visual Dialogue Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Website (record label)
Design Swag [Merch] Kevin Calleau / iKev Création Multimédia Giorgio – Party of the Century Pin
Design Swag [Merch] Matt Kelly / One Lucky Guitar Smithsonian Folkways Recordings – Harry Smith/Got Folk? T-Shirt
Design Swag [Merch] Rick Tobey Rick Tobey – Chickenhead Blues T-Shirt
Design Swag [Merch] Sonya Cohen Cramer (drawing by Woodie Guthrie) Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – Go Waggaloo T-Shirt
Video Music Video, Long Form The Sounds of Mariachi: Lessons in Mariachi Performance The Sounds of Mariachi: Lessons in Mariachi Performance
Video Music Video, Long Form Various Artists – Music of Central Asia Vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond Music of Central Asia Vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
Video Music Video, Long Form Various Artists – Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow
Video Music Video, Long Form Various Artists – Music of Central Asia Vol. 9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals Music of Central Asia Vol. 9: In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals
Video Music Video, Short Form Flying Lotus MmmHmm
Video Music Video, Short Form Grand Vanity Got a Nerve
Video Music Video, Short Form Matthias Sturm Blood and Thunder
Video Music Video, Short Form Schvendes Lay the Noose
Video Music Video, Short Form The Hundred in the Hands Pigeons
Video Music Video, Short Form Yann Perreau L’amour se meurt

  • saint jerrod figgs

    February 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    congrats to all the nominees!! as a member of a group who was not nominated it would have been helpful to have gotten some feedback on our submission.artists spend a lot of time and money on these things an any critique always helps.

    saint jerrod

    • IMA Robert

      February 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Saint Jerrod,

      I agree with you that honest feedback would be very helpful to the artists. We simply don’t have enough time to critique each of the thousands of entries that come in. We’ve considered it every year that I’ve been here, but it’s just not manageable.

  • Q Fortune

    February 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats to TwinzBeatz their EP is the best kept secrete on the planet!! Way to go 1million views and counting on YouTube, battling DJ Tiesto’s people trying to claim rights on your songs and winning, and now this!! Once again “way to go!!”

  • michael stover

    February 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    We’re so blessed and humbled to have our artist, Bryan Cole among the nominees for best country album. It’s an honor. Best of luck to all…looking forward to the winner announcements.

  • V

    February 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

    WhAt! Bikini Robot Army wasn’t even nominated?

    Did anyone even listen to the music?

    So many bands just got scammed out of thousands of dollars in submission money

    Stop preying on broke musicians!

    • IMA Robert

      February 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Hi V,

      We’re sorry Bikini Robot Army wasn’t nominated. We’re sure you’re just as disappointed as many other great acts who didn’t get a nomination. I assure you the judging panel listens to every single submission carefully, then spends countless hours debating, arguing, and fighting for their favorites. It’s important to understand that music is an art and art is subjective. There’s no need to get defensive and call our program a scam, especially when we work very hard to ensure everything is unconditionally fair. We lay out our entire program on our website and readily answer any questions so there’s no mystery about what we do. If artists don’t think the program is legitimate, they don’t have to enter. Once things calm down over here, we’ll be seeking more artists for our Artist Spotlight – which can give non-nominated artists a chance to be recognized. This may be an opportunity we can still work on together. If not, I hope you understand and wish you the best of luck with your music.

  • Debbie

    February 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Glad to see Pokey LaFarge getting some recognition! Way to go guys!

  • Dave

    February 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations to the artist that were nominated! My band was not nor was our album cover design. Of course like everyone else, we think we deserved a nomination, but there is always next year.
    Quite honestly I am just happy there are organizations like IMA that at least give independent artist a chance at some recognition and just plain old hope in a field that is filled with thousands of talented artist.
    However, there must be some sort of criteria that the judges follow in making their decisions in both music and art design. This could be helpful toward the growth of all artist who enter.
    Individual critiques would be impossible with so many entries, but some general considerations we can consider regarding our submissions would be greatly appreciated.

    • IMA Robert

      February 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm


      Thank you for your helpful feedback! I will approach the administration with posting some general criteria for each section.

  • Steve

    February 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I too have my doubts to legitimacy of this and all the other pay to play sites out there such as Sonicbids, reverb nation and so on. if you think of the thousands of submissions and the money that was made it is mind numbing. to say that there is no favoritetism or shady goings on c’mom people it’s the music business. I have listened to some of the nominations and looked at the art submitted and well lets just say MMMMMMMMM very interesting. I know for a fact that many companies go to sonic bids because it’s an easy money maker. I dont know if IMA is the same way but as someone once told me if you are asked to pay in order for somone to support your music chances are it’s a scam. too bad the starving musicians will still be taken advatage of.

    • IMA Robert

      February 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm


      We can’t offer a year-long promotion and do everything we do for the nominees & winners without A) paying a staff to organize everything and B) ultimately pay for the promotional campaigns & opportunities for them.

      From our FAQ of “Why do I have to pay to enter?” – “The processing fee helps to offset the cost of organizing, opening, sorting, listening, debating, rating, tracking down & communicating with judges in far-flung places around the globe, tallying & posting results. The nominal fee covers all of the ongoing marketing support for nominees and winners – 12 week-radio promotion campaign to 650 US & Canadian college, public and commercial radio, inclusion on 5,000 CDs & on 20,000 digital download cards distributed to industry & fans, featured placement on eMusic & 20,000 Musicati/AMI jukeboxes, press releases, showcases, etc. Check out all the Program Benefits (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/about-us/#programbenefits) covered by submission fees.”

      We proudly lay our cards out for everyone to see, which is why many well-known judges have come to us to participate in the program for the past 10 years. We think we’ve earned a good reputation and I’m sorry you don’t feel this way. We understand how heart-breaking it is not to get nominated. I encourage you to keep writing and performing and doing what you love, regardless of anyone’s opinion.

  • Lexus

    February 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Congrats to all the nominees but i don’t understand your criteria for how you select nominees??? Most of the R&B nominees don’t sound like they are singing R&B, most sound like Jazz and Funk?? You left out some really good artists that I know submitted songs. 1st and last time I’m sure they will submit. If your going to have a judging panel for a category like Rhythm and Blues, then you should have judges that sing R&B, not rock, jazz etc.

    • IMA Robert

      February 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      The criteria for the song & album categories is simply a well-rounded song or album. The whole package is considered: the musicianship, vocals, songwriting, lyrics, production, arrangement, structure, etc. Genres can be classic interpretations, modern interpretations, have some crossover elements or even push the envelop of that genre. What some might consider R&B, others might not. If an act doesn’t think they judges are qualified to judge their music, then I would suggest they don’t submit.

  • Damian Willitts

    February 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated.
    Just a little note to the site admins, under the folk singer/songwiter when clicking on Jane Taylor it directs you to janetaylor.com which is a lovely looking Jewellery site. I think it should direct to janetaylor.co.uk 🙂

    • IMA Robert

      February 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, Damian. We’ve fixed the URL for Jane. For some reason, that was the link that was included with the submission!

  • Damian Willitts

    February 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Robert,
    Just wondered why Jane Taylor’s link goes to her myspace site when all other artists have their own web page as their link?

    • IMA Robert

      February 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

      This was a personal decision made by Jane as her official website is being redesigned over the next month.

  • Damian Willitts

    February 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Thanks Robert,
    I’ll keep my nose out then 😉

  • Michael Stewart

    February 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

    First of all I would like to thank the IMA’s for their support of all Independent Music. It’s already hard for artists out there trying to make their way in this industry as it is. We as independent musicians and artists, some times don’t have the resources to do what we really WANT to do but we muddle through it anyway. We make mistakes, we fall, we get rejections and so fourth and then through all that, we still manage to pull through and create something that we feel is worth a little time for the world to listen to. For some of us, no one hears it, for others maybe enough to get them excited about keeping the fires going but on a scale like this there is really nothing else.

    I’ve been in this and at this for a long time and I’ve seen, been a part and been taken advantage by most of the so called music scams out there, as well as failed opportunities due to greed on major label’s part. To me, this is the time of the independents. We can call the shots whether to move or not move. And I believe we are moving. I’m not just saying this because of the nomination, but for me, I was glad to know that someone else out there feels like I do! I also submitted in the past and was not nominated, but I was not deterred from my goal, it actually made me sit and re-evaluate who I was and what I wanted to contribute.

    Thanks IMA for giving us a platform for this, this is our “GRAMMY” and as such we need to make sure, that even as independents, we strive for the gold!


  • Tracorum

    February 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Folks,
    Tracorum from San Francisco shedding some light on the IMA process. We are renegades in an industry filled with favors and backdoor cuts. We submitted to best album and song for social change. We have been nominated in the later category! I can assure you we made it through the thousands of applicants honestly and with no inside track. Keep working on your craft and being honest and life will unfold accordingly!

  • Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble

    February 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    2010 IMA Awards Staff
    Martin Folkman, Director
    Attn: MRG Team

    Dear Martin, Jude, Robert, Lee, Lauryn and IMA staff,

    I hope this letter finds all of you in the best of health.

    Thank you, thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for all of your kindnesses, assistance, your outstanding creative website development and implementation for my “Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble’s” “Passage to Armenia,” live concert traditional Armenian CD album.

    We are so honored and proud to participate and become part of your celebrated and world-prominent MRG group and being selected for the 2010 IMA’s; in the “World Traditional” – “Song” category. Also, for nominating our Armenian CD album’s world music song, “Laz Barr” (An ancient Black Sea folkdance of the Laz, Armenian and Greek people), at this time.

    Your wonderful, stupendously, marvelous work and efforts on our behalf is very much appreciated. God bless all of you for providing these numerous IMA award opportunities for our Chookasian Armenian Ensemble and other performing groups as well for the past 10 years! I applaud all of you for supporting and promoting all forms of music from around the world, that would normally not be heard, played or found! You have created a fantastic service for all musicians.

    Good feelings always,

    John Chookasian
    [email protected]

  • Toni

    February 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    As someone who teaches music to grade school children and has followed the IMAs for the past few years, I am once again very disappointed with your nominees in the children’s music category. Is this really the best from which you had to choose? This is part of the reason no one takes music for kids seriously. It’s no wonder kids, unfortunately, go for the Lady Gagas and Britney Spears of the world, along with the rest of the commercially produced stuff that is really more about marketing than it is about music. Can’t any of these independent artists give them something interesting that will excite them about music? Maybe something they will want to put into their ipods. This stuff may be OK for up to ages 5 or 6, but what about the kids between those ages and the teen years? Kids are pretty sophisticated these days. We need to turn things up a few notches.

    • IMA Robert

      February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm


      Thank you for you feedback about our Children’s Music category. I also teach music to children privately and have taught full classes as well. What I’ve found is that music teachers tend to disagree with both the content of music to teach and the actual teaching methods. Our category isn’t particularly targeted at the mid to late teens, as they have already moved on to more sophisticated music (which is represented in our main genre categories). The judging panel here is simply looking for artists who can get children engaged via learning, simple melodies, strong messages, movements, etc., all while relating to that age group.

      I encourage you to visit the our Children’s Music nominees’ websites & social media sites and view the feedback from their audience. If you still feel the way you do, perhaps you could invite some of your favorite artists to enter next year’s awards.


  • Eileen

    February 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for nominating G Miley – Dancing with my dream in Story Songs category.It’s such a great song and deserves the exposure.You now have friends in Ireland!

  • Prentiss

    February 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    It is what it is. I entered I lost but now I focus on makin better music. All u can do is your best and be proud you did. If u dont control it, it is what it is

  • françoise

    February 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hello Galia (Arad) . 1OOO x Thanks de l’avoir nominée!! j’adore son album; douceur, humour, musicalité, magnifique pour une jeune artiste, pleine de talent, à la voix nuancéé, auteur, compositeur, mise en valeur par un toucher de guitare extrêmement délicat et une mélodie qui colle aux textes des chansons .(A mentionner particulièrement les “apparitions au piano et à l’alto, respectivement d’Evelyne Brancart et d’Atar Arad ainsi que de la voix masculine profonde d’un”inconnu”!) Merci, merci, merci et surtout j’attends l’album suivant!!! sache que tu es déjà connue en Europe où l’on t’apprécie énormément.

  • Konshens TheMC

    March 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

    First and formost I want to congratulate every nominee. I secondly wish ALL of YOU the absolute best in this business of music, creating and sharing your gift with the WORLD! Im greatly HUMBLED and APPRECIATIVE of the recognition along with being nominated. THANK ALL INVOLVED!

    Konshens TheMC (on behalf of Konshens & his State of Mind)

    Konshens & his State of Mind: The Hip Hop version of Frankie Beverly and Maze

    The Perfect fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B and go-go intertwined with lyrical rhyme, this is Konshens and his State of Mind

  • Brianna

    March 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I wasn’t nominated so I decided to really listen to the type of music that was selected to see if there was a common sound that was favored. I did notice that almost everything I heard was overproduced. I guess that’s the sound these days. The production not only masks both the writing and performance but it’s paid for. The more money you have, the better production values you can afford. If this were truly an Independent music award, the production values wouldn’t hold so much weight and people who are signed to indie labels maybe wouldn’t be considered.
    I submitted to the covers song category and just listened to the nominees. Most are signed to indie labels and of course those who are, have an unfair advantage in the popular vote since they have people marketing and promoting this for them. How is this fair? I thought it was all about doing it yourself?

    Anyway, I still think this is a very cool competition. I’m just a little confused about how it’s fair.

    • IMA Robert

      March 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Hey Brianna,

      The judges must consider production in some regard because many times, a poor production can ruin a song for the listener. It’s like framing the Mona Lisa in a Popsicle stick frame…people would be turned off and distracted by a masterpiece that deserves to be framed the proper way. This is not JUST about songwriting. An artist must supply a well-rounded work. In some cases, a sparsely produced record benefits the artist if the song or mood calls for it. A nicely produced record doesn’t require a ton of money. Many of the nominees will be happy to say they produced their own record.

      With regard to labels, we have to draw the line somewhere, and we specify on our site that only major label acts (acts under the umbrella of one of the Big Four labels and their sublabels) are excluded. It is true that some indie labels are much bigger than others and have more resources/money at hand, but it would be too limiting to exclude all indie labels and impossible to create any other limitation otherwise. I can’t tell you how many times a very well-known indie act has entered and NOT made it through (I won’t name any names for etiquette’s sake). You can produce the heck out of horrible song, but it’ll still get nowhere.

      So what it comes down to is the overall package. We’re not shopping demos around. It’s not just about the songwriting, but how well you execute it on the final recording.


  • Bill

    March 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Does anyone know when the winners will be announced?

    • IMA Robert

      March 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Tuesday, March 29th, 2011