Conventions & Awards

2016 A2IM Libera Independent Music Awards: Nominate Now

2Every year, the A2IM Libera Awards are announced as a way of drawing attention to independent artists and labels. Now is the time for the independent music community to nominate those they feel are deserving of recognition in 2016.


Guest Post from the American Association of Independent Musicians

All U.S. independent labels, artists, distributors and partners are invited to submit projects for consideration for the 2016 A2IM Libera Awards.

Each year, the A2IM Libera Awards spotlight extraordinary achievements by independent labels and artists as voted upon by the independent music community.

2The 2015 Libera Awards saw Sub Pop and Ghostly take home top label honors; Run the Jewels (Mass Appeal) and Sturgill Simpson (High Top Mountain / Thirty Tigers) were the Top Artist Winners; and Secretly Canadian’s The War on Drugs scored Album of the Year. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award went to VP Records Co-Founder/CEO Patricia Chin for her 50+ years as a independent label pioneer and advocate. 2015 Show recap.

The 2016 A2IM Libera Awards will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in New York City.

Send in your Nominations now using the links below!

You must submit only those artists, projects, partners or labels with whom you have worked. All nominee submissions must be for music, projects, or achievements that are related to commercially released projects in the United States via an independently owned/controlled label or artist during the period March 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 21st.

Award: Album of the Year

Award: A&R Team of the Year

Award: Best Live Act 

Award: Best Sync Usage 

Award: Breakthrough Artist 

Award: Creative Packaging 

Award: Groundbreaking Album of the Year 

Award: Heritage Album of the Year

Award: Independent Champion 

Award: Into the Pit Award 

Award: Label of the Year (<5 employees)

Award: Label of the Year (6+ employees)

Award: Marketing Genius Award 

Award: Shifting Beats Award 

Award: Video of the Year

Submissions will be pared down to final nominations our panels of independent music experts from media, retail, distribution, marketers, and other strategic music partners. Winners will be selected by voting members of A2IM and presented at the A2IM Libera Awards ceremony.

If you’d like to sponsor the 2016 A2IM Libera Awards, contact Jennifer Masset at 646-588-0436

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