9th Annual Independent Music Awards

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New for Sonicbids members - submit Full-Length Albums to The Independent Music Awards!

The IMAs span a broad spectrum of genres including Contemporary Classical, Concept & Eclectic Album.

All entrants receive a free, annual subscription to The Musician’s AtlasOnline./n/nJUST ADDED: Submit to the album category using Sonicbids.

Submit now to The Independent Music Awards to reach millions of true music fans.

For the past 9 years, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans & prominence through The Independent Music Awards (IMAs).

Earning an Independent Music Award is more than just a badge of distinction. The awards program for independent bands, fans and brands actively promotes a broad spectrum of music genres, music videos, design, independent and student-run record label releases, to millions of music fans, programmers, talent buyers, film, TV & gaming music supervisors and media outlets.

Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact databases The Musician’s Atlas/AtlasOnline, and co-sponsored by online retailers, eMusic and PureVolume; digital network The StreamTV; licensing agencies, Pump Audio and INgrooves; media promotion companies The Planetary Group & HIP Video Promo; college booking association, NACA and CMJ Music Marathon among others, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to connect winners & nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The Independent Music Awards Benefits Include:

*All winners & nominees are actively promoted to millions of fans & industry in print, online & broadcast campaigns

*Winners are determined by panels of influential industry and music fans

*Winning tracks are featured on The IMA Winners CD compilation & promoted to 650+ US & Canadian public & college stations in a 9 week radio promotion campaign - Routinely placing in Top 1-25 on CMJ charts

*5000 copies of The IMA Winners CD distributed to fans & industry at music & industry events

*CD promoted to 4 million eMusic and PureVolume subscribers resulting in higher recognition and sales

*Winners & Nominees eligible to perform at IMA Showcases including live NYC event in 2010

*All entrants receive a Free annual subscription to the Musician’s AtlasOnline

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: 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.

*Judges include:: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward (She & Him), Aimee Mann, Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Bettye LaVette, Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Shelby Lynne, Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Ricky Skaggs, Jonatha Brooke, DJ Spooky, Suzanne Vega, The Apples in stereo, Charlie Musselwhite, Ken Jordan (The Crystal Method), Judy Collins, Butch Walker, Lee Ritenour, Mike Viola (The Candy Butchers), Hanson, Jesse Malin, Rob Wasserman, Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Tom Beujour (Revolver Magazine), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Evan Schlansky (Aermican Songwriter), Melinda Newman (Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, etc.), Tommy Merrill (The Rockwood Music Hall), Celina Denkins (Whiskey a Go-Go), and many more influential artists and key industry decision-makers

New For This Year’s Entrants Footage of IMA showcases that are recorded and/or streamed live is made available to participating acts to use for their own sites and other promotional purposes.

IMA song and album categories include: Acoustic, Alt. Country, Americana, Blues, Punk, Children’s Music, Contemporary Christian, Country, Cover Song, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel, Hard Rock/Metal, Jazz, Latin, Live Performance, New Age, Pop/Rock, R&B, Rap/Hip-Hop, Social Action, Song Used in Film/TV/Gaming/Multimedia, World Beat, World Traditional and Music Video (Supersonic members only). The Program also includes various design & marketing awards categories including honors for Best Album Packaging, Best Artist Website, Best Band Publicity Photography, Best Concert photography, and more. New music categories for this 9th annual program include: Love Song and Story Song. Please note: You must have a Supersonic EPK to submit to the Music Video category. Details about entering recordings for all Album Of The Year and Design Categories, that require full-length CD & artwork submissions, are included in the Sonicbids entry confirmation.