Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, Amy Lee, Yemi Alade, and Sepultura are among 16th annual Independent Music Awards Judges

Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, Amy Lee, Yemi Alade, and Sepultura are among 16th annual Independent Music Awards Judges

Award ceremony at Lincoln Center to honor year’s best Artists, Releases and Super Fan

New York April 26, 2017 — Music Resource Group today announced the first round of judges confirmed for The 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential program honoring self-released and indie label talent projects from around the globe. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, Amy Lee, Yemi Alade, and Sepultura are among the prestigious panel of Artist and Industry judges who will select the year’s best artists and releases.

Submissions for The 16th IMAs close on August 4, 2017. Details and complete list of judges is available at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com

The Winners in 96 music, video, photography and design categories – and one “Super Fan” will be announced on October 21st in between performances during the annual award show held at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts in New York City.

Artistry Has Its Awards
The Independent Music Awards is a global community of innovative Artists, influential industry and active Fans who value artistry, individuality, and the pursuit of excellence. Now in it’s 16th year, The IMAs honor the most exceptional new work from self-released & indie label talent.

Iconic Artists, Music Fans, Programmers, Press, Music Supervisors & Talent Buyers from performance venues throughout the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim choose the year’s best Albums, EPs, Songs, Video, Photography and Design projects by established and emerging talent from more than 74 countries on six continents.

The annual ceremony at the venerable Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts celebrates artists and their fans with performances and awards in 96 categories, including Love Song, Social Action Song, Debut Album, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, and Artist of the Year.

In addition to award recognition, winning songs in all styles of music are promoted globally on branded streaming playlists, enjoy a targeted 12-week campaign to over 650 radio stations – and ongoing performance, promotion and distribution opportunities.

Previous IMA winners and nominees include: Macy Gray, Pete Seeger, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Killer Mike, Band of Skulls, Flying Lotus, Melissa Auf der Maur, Lionel Louke, fun., Yemi Alade, Lacuna Coil, Jamie Lidell, Speech, Pokey LaFarge, Girl In A Coma, Jackson Browne, Miquel Migs, Alexz Johnson, RuPaul, S7N and Bright Eyes, among many others.

A complete list of judges, winners, nominees and program details available at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com

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