She & Him, The Black Keys, Mark Hoppus, Aimee Mann and Bettye LaVette Join Judging Panel For The 9th Annual Independent Music Awards

She & Him, The Black Keys, Mark Hoppus, Aimee Mann and Bettye LaVette Join Judging Panel For The 9th Annual Independent Music Awards

Honors For Love Song, Eclectic Album & Concept Album Added to Program

May 26, 2009 The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) announced today the first group of influential industry veterans who will determine the winners of the 9th annual IMAs, currently accepting submissions.

The list, comprised of stellar solo artists, top duo and large acts and founding members of seminal bands includes: Aimee Mann, Shelby Lynne, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky, Bettye LaVette, Jonatha Brooke, Suzanne Vega, Judy Collins, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward
(She & Him), Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys); the brothers Zac, Isaac and Taylor Hanson of Hanson; the members of The Apples in stereo (and 7th IMA Pop/Rock-Song Winners) Eric Allen, Bill Doss, John Dufilho and John Ferguson; Mark Hoppus (Blink 182),
Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Butch Walker and Brian “Head” Welch (Korn) are among the impressive line-up of
IMA judges.

For a complete list of 9th Annual Independent Music Award Judges, go to

Artistry Has Its Awards

The Independent Music Awards the awards program for independent artists and fans, is a prestigious international program that helps top-ranked artists and releases reach new markets via promotion, distribution and performance opportunities that place them in front of millions of Fans, Programmers, Talent Buyers, Film, TV & Gaming Music Supervisors, Press and other industry gatekeepers.

The IMAs supports artists who broaden the definition of commercial success & represent the diversity of the global Indie scene. The program honors artists with previous major label releases as well as artists that have only self-released or appeared on indie labels.

Past winners and nominees include: Koko Taylor, Martin Sexton,
Jamie Lidell, The Apples In Stereo, Lacuna Coil, God Forbid,
Sweet Honey In The Rock, Jeff Healey, Denque Fever,
Joan As Police Woman, Twilight Hotel, Speech Mary Gauthier,
Jennifer Nettles, Girl In A Coma, Marco Benevento, Tannis Slimmon and Dan Zanes.

Adding to an already broad spectrum of music and design categories, awards added to this year’s program include: Story Song, Love Song, Concept Album and Eclectic.

Submissions for the 9th annual Independent Music Awards program must be received by Friday, August 21, 2009 to be considered for the upcoming program.

Program details and entry forms are available at, and in the 2009 edition of the industry contact directory, The Musician’s Atlas which is currently on sale.

In addition to IMA sponsored showcases throughout the year, a full-day celebration of independent talent showcasing past and current IMA artists is scheduled for February 2010 in New York City.

For more information please contact:
Joelle Caputa [[email protected]] 973-767-1816 or Lauren Veteri [[email protected]] 973-767-1818.