The 16th Independent Music Awards & Independent Music Party


MARCH 30- MARCH 31 2018 – Extraordinary self-released & indie label artists from around the world packed the Lincoln Center campus to attend The 16th annual Independent Music Awards & Independent Music Party. Of course it was awesome!

The weekend was filled with partying, presentations and awards honoring the year’s best independent music projects. Check out all 16th IMA Nominees & Winners HERE.

Established & emerging Artists – in all styles of music came together to celebrate the strength & diversity of the indie artist community. And left with memorable new connections and a renewed sense of purpose.


“The IMA empowers Independent artists of the world and connects us in the most amazing way: through collective understandings and collective buildings!” – Lisa Kalil

“It was an honor being nominated again and the whole experience was even cooler this year than it was last year. Great job to you and the whole team” – Mike Mentz

“I was not expecting that! Thank you so much, I am still lost for words. Thank you for such a great time. I got to meet so many talented artists, and NYC is amazing. Many thanks.” Kaito – (Esprit D’Air)

“I had the best time while in New York two weeks ago at the IMA party! I made great friends from Spain, Scotland, Australia, South Africa, US, Canada, besides all the great friends and new music net from my home country, Brazil.” – UNKNOWN

“Just to let you know we’ve had some really positive things happen since the awards and probably most notably, Tommy Hilfiger contacted us wanting to use our track Richest Man in the World throughout all their stores this summer.” – David Newell of Midnight Mystery Club

“I had a great time and made some invaluable lifelong friends and highly respected contacts in the industry…” – Kara Bell- Artist Manager SplytSecond

“Winning the Independent Music Award for Best Metal/Hardcore Song was the perfect culmination to a great year since we released our debut EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods. We are really excited for the future. Thank you, all the awesome fans for their support. We couldn’t have done it without you.” – Aaron Robinson – Blood of Angels Guitarist & Composer


Amiss and Kush





Broken Rail and Amiss

Chef Danny


Esprit D Air











John Mceun

Luz Pinos

Luz Pinos




Nik and Lisa

Sai Da Frente

Taylia and Marcaux

Taylor Gray

Taylor Gray

Taylor Gray

Taylor Gray


Nathalie Hazzan

El Juri

Lisa Marie

Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR and Suz Paulanksi of Rockstar Advocate led a one of a kind networking and community building session.

The multi-talented musician and graphic designer, Tony Halchak created this year’s official poster – ingeniously using the names of the 400+ Nominees to create The IMA logo. Click HERE to purchase one of these limited edition posters  – while supplies last. It’s sure to be a collectors item!

The Year’s Best Artists & Releases From Around The Globe

Awards For Artistry * Originality * Excellence

And the Winner Is… Top honors in 94 music and visual design categories were announced from Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium stage in between performances by IMA nominees.

The evening kicked off with The IMAs first cypher featuring Rap/Hip-Hop nominees Talya La Lia, Dom Gotti, A.miss Omega, Marcaux and SplytSecond

“If the banjo were cool then the Beatles would have played one” said Americana Album Winner, John McEuen. And then he played one!

Followed by a stellar set by Jazz Album Nominee, Berta Moreno

Hard Rock Song Winners, Jackknife Stiletto delivered a rousing set

Here’s why Blues Album Winner, Cary Morin is regarded as one of the top fingerstyle pickers on the scene today

Latin Album & Song Winner, Luz Pinos charmed the crowd

Reeve Carney was the evening’s biggest winner – earning top honors in 6 categories. Here he performs Resurrection with his brother Zane

The beats flowed when Rap/Hip-Hop Album Winner, Wordsmith hit the stage

Best Pop Album & Pop Song went to Taylor Grey – here she performs her winning song “Miami”

The unforgettable and oh so funky Nik West closed the show with her Winning Funk/Fusion song Purple Unicorn

CLICK HERE to view all 16th Independent Music Awards Winners & Nominees.