The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards

Posted by:  The Independent Music Awards


This gig is not currently accepting applications. We think you might like these similar gigs.


Check out this video from Sonicbids artist Gina's Picture Show on why they entered the IMAs.

Where else can your music reach the most diverse array of distinguished industry panelists - and be actively promoted to nearly
1 billion music fans?!

Now in its 13th year, The Independent Music Awards is the only international awards program that rewards excellence and actively supports exceptional self-released and independent label talent.

The IMAs are more than just a badge of distinction. This unique promotions program delivers the prestige & support that builds buzz & turns millions of fans into customers.

Winners and Nominees benefit from radio, print, online & broadcast promotion, plus performance and revenue opportunities. The IMAs even provides career opportunities for Entrants! Check out the premium benefits below.

Each year, the most influential artists and industry gatekeepers join The IMA judging panel to determine the winners. Last years' mix of Artists, Talent Buyers, Music Press, and Film & TV Music Supervisors included: Ziggy Marley, Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, G. Love, Pete Wentz, Del McCoury, Amy Ray, McCoy Tyner, Bernie Worrell, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center Programming Director), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Anne Saunders (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Films) and many more.

Many artists credit The IMAs with helping them reach new fans & opportunities. Past Winners & Nominees include: JD McPherson, Amy Correia, Birdy Nam Nam, Darrell Scott, Jackson Browne, Omar Sosa, and Flying Lotus plus many Sonicbids members including Melissa Auf der Maur, Seth Glier, Tripping Lily, Steel Wheels, Pokey LaFarge & The South City 3 and Hemoptysis. Click here to see why Amanda Duncan enters The IMAs. Are you ready to compete with the best?

Nominations for Sonicbids members from the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards included:

  • Angela Sheik - Cover Song

  • Beef Tea - Bluegrass Song

  • Bryen Willems - Country Song

  • Catherine Imperio (The DTEASE) - Artist Concert Photo

  • Christine Leakey - Eclectic Song

  • Dinah Thorpe & The Five White Guys - Folk/Singer-
  • SongwriterAlbum

  • Evie Ladin Band - AmericanaAlbum

  • Hello Beautiful - Pop Song

  • Julianne Ankley - CountryAlbum

  • Kate Diaz - Social Action Song

  • Kids From Nowhere - Alt. CountryAlbum

  • Lucy Stone - Pop (Pop/Adult Contemporary)EP

  • Maria Dunn - Story Song Song

  • Maria Dunn - Concept AlbumAlbum

  • MERCURIUS FM - Dance/Electronica Song

  • Patrick Joseph - Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song

  • sami.the.great - PopAlbum

  • Sarah Cheng-De Winne - Contemporary Christian / Gospel Song

  • Sarah Cheng-De Winne - R&B/Soul Song

  • Sierra Hurtt - Cover Song

  • Sleep Study - Indie / Alt. Rock Song

  • Son Roberts - Blues Song

  • Susie McLean - Cabaret Song

  • The Brown Edition - Funk/Fusion/JamAlbum

  • The Carper Family - Americana Song

  • The Fretless - Cover Song

  • The Fretless - Instrumental Song

  • The Trews - Rock (Indie Alt./Rock/Hard Rock/Metal/Hardcore)EP

  • The Well Pennies - Roots/Country (Folk/Singer-Songwriter/Americana/Bluegrass/Blues/Alt. Country/Country)EP

  • Thelonius - Jazz (Jazz/Funk/Fusion/Jam)EP

  • THEREMYN_4 - Dance/ElectronicaAlbum

  • Thomas Pell & Justin Armstrong (The Brown Edition) - Music Producer

  • Winther-Storm - JazzAlbum

Get Increased Exposure to Music Consumers.

All IMA Winners and Nominees receive:

  • Nationwide features on 20,000 AMI digital jukeboxes reaching 1 Billion active listeners. Receive public performance revenues each time your music is played.

  • Inclusion in The IMAs annual 'People's Voice" Vox Pop Poll - where each year tens of thousands of fans from around the world discover & support IMA artists.

  • Ongoing marketing campaigns reach thousands of Press contacts, Club & Festival Talent Buyers, Music Supervisors, Broadcasters and Radio Programmers.

Additional Winners Circle Benefits Include:

  • 12-Week Radio Promotion Campaign to 650 public and college stations in the US and Canada. The IMA compilation routinely places on CMJ's Top 1-25 charts.

  • Distribution on 20,000 Digital Download Cards.