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THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

REAL REWARDS FOR REAL ARTISTS

The IMAs Have Been Rewarding Artistry & Originality For Over A Decade

Earning honors at The IMAs is more than just a badge of distinction. Many nominees and winners credit The IMAs for advancing their careers. Past winners & nominees include:

  • Spinnerette
  • Cursive
  • And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  • Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
  • Ra-Ra Riot
  • The Cliks
  • Vienna Teng
  • The Flatlanders
  • fun.
  • State Radio
  • Phil Roy
  • The Apples in stereo
  • Koko Taylor
  • Speech
  • Lacuna Coil
  • Jamie Lidell
  • The Trews
  • Joan As Police Woman
  • The Dollyrots
  • Sugarcult
  • Girlyman
  • Chris Whitley
  • Mary Gauthier
  • Richard Julian
  • Eleni Mandel
  • Miguel Migs
  • The Mooney Suzuki
  • Sweet Honey in The Rock
  • God Forbid
  • The Wilders
  • Dan Bern
  • Ashy L Bowz
  • Johnny Dowd
  • Lionel Louke
  • Hiram & Huddie
  • The Vacancies
  • Maria Muldaur
  • Tannis Slimmon
  • La Excellencia
  • Little Miss Higgins
  • Darrell Scott
  • …and many more
Submissions For The 11th IMAs Are Now Open.

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The Independent Music Awards is the only international program that delivers the prestige & ongoing marketing support that builds buzz and turns millions of new fans into customers.

Earning an Independent Music Award is more than just a badge of distinction.
The IMAs can connect you to new revenue opportunities and millions of passionate music fans. That’s why career artists from around the world submit their best work to The Independent Music Awards.

Known for supporting artists that follow their own muse, The IMAs are for artists who are dedicated to making their living by making music. Submissions are judged for their unique artistry and originality, not press clippings or record sales.

There are more than 70 ways to earn 11th IMA honors. The program supports all styles of music – specialty categories include Love Song, Holiday Song, Social Action Song, Concept Album, Eclectic Album & Eclectic Song, Re-Issues and EPs.

Unlike songwriting contests or battle of the band programs, The IMAs does not award cash or prizes. Winners and Nominees benefit from ongoing marketing campaigns, radio, print, online & broadcast promotions, performance and revenue opportunities.

All IMA Winners and Nominees benefit from marketing and revenue programs including:

Increased Exposure To Music Consumers:

*Nominees and Winners are featured nationwide on 20,000 AMI digital jukeboxes reaching 1 Billion “active” listeners. More than just incredible promotional reach, artists receive public performance revenues each time their music is played.

*Nominees and Winners are included in the annual Vox Pop Poll, the fan-determined portion of The IMAs. Each year, tens of thousands of fans from around the world discover and support IMA Vox Pop artists.

*Active promotions target thousands of Press contacts, Club & Festival Talent Buyers, Music Supervisors, Broadcasters and Radio Programmers in yearlong marketing campaigns

*Collateral sales materials spotlighting your IMA achievements to use on your artist and label websites, and new product helps artists stand out from the pack

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Additional Winners Circle Benefits Include:

12-Week Radio Promotion Campaign – Winning tracks are promoted to 650 public and college stations in the US and Canada during a 12- week radio promotion campaign. The IMA compilation routinely places on CMJ’s Top 1-25 charts
Featured eMusic Promotion – The Winners Compilation is promoted to millions of eMusic subscribers, resulting in fan reviews, more exposure and sales
Distribution on Digital Download Cards – Winning tracks are featured on 20,000 digital download cards.-distributed to music consumers & key industry decision makers, getting your music in front of the people who count

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There are No additional fees for promotion, marketing and performance opportunities including jukebox placement, eMusic placement, inclusion on download cards, 12- week radio promotion campaign, etc.

You Win Just By Joining The Independent Music Awards:

Performance, Broadcast and Licensing Opportunities:
  *All submitting artists are eligible for film, TV and gaming licensing outreach managed by IMA Publishing Group, the licensing arm of The IMAs

  *Possible featured placement on IMAtv.

  *Eligible for IMA fan and industry showcases

  *Receive Pro Marketing Tools & Discounts including FREE subscription to The Musician’s Atlas

The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on 6 continents.

Past IMA Winners & Nominees include: Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, The Steel Wheels, Melissa Auf der Maur, Karim Baggili, Roman Miroshnichenko, Flying Platforms, Jim Campilongo, Roman Mirshenko, Jackson Browne, Sarah Lee Gutherie And Family, The Knockouts, Little Miss Higgins, Hemoptysis, Spinnerette, The Monkey Bunch, Cursive,…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Ra-Ra Riot, The Cliks, Vienna Teng, The Flatlanders, fun., State Radio, Phil Roy, Amy Speace, The Apples in stereo, Koko Taylor, Speech, Lacuna Coil, Jamie Lidell, The Trews, Joan As Police Woman, The Dollyrots, Sugarcult, Girlyman, Chris Whitley, Mary Gauthier, Richard Julian, Eleni Mandel, Miguel Migs, The Mooney Suzuki, Sweet Honey in The Rock, God Forbid, Bitter:Sweet, Dan Bern, and many more.

Artistry has its Awards. Find your fans at The IMAs and enter your work now.

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