The Independent Music Awards will soon be given out, bringing industry attention to self-released and independent artists. Here Alexandra Kennedy outlines five reasons to enter the IMAs by February 1.
Music Connection’s very own Senior Editor, Mark Nardone will join Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Ben Lovett and other industry influencers as a judge for The 17th annual Independent Music Awards.
If you and your team worked on extraordinary new Music, Video, or music-related Design projects, here are 5 reasons to Enter The IMAs by Feb 1:
1. The IMAs celebrate self-released & indie label Artists that follow their muse.
Winning projects are selected by a diverse community of respected artists, engaged fans and influencers who value craft and authenticity – not sales, streams or marketing prowess.
The award-winning distinction creates more interest from talent buyers, programmers, press, fans and other influencers worldwide. Winning projects are actively promoted – both online and offline. (Entrants are also eligible for select Performance, Broadcast & Marketing opportunities).
3. IMA winners and nominees are established and emerging artists – in all styles and mediums.
Honors are awarded in 107 Album, EP, Song, Producer, Music Video and Design categories. So no matter what you’re working on, entering puts your projects in the running to join artists like Nik West, Melissa Auf der Maur, Valerie June, Killer Mike, …And You Shall Know Us by the trail of Dead, Flying Lotus, The Trews, Marie-Pierre Arthur, J.D. McPherson, Fiona Joy, Macy Gray, Five Finger Death Punch, Reeve Carney, Marco Benevento other extraordinary artists from around the globe.Hernan Milla, Paquito D’Rivera, Carlos Cano.
4. IMA competition encourages Artists to continue pushing the envelope.
Whether it’s your debut or veteran project, artists struggle with self-doubt. The self-esteem boost of being lauded by icons, peers and gatekeepers fuels creativity and brightens the darkest hours. (And is a stepping-stone to new performance, promotion and distribution opportunities).
5. The IMAs are more than accolades or walking the red carpet.
It’s a global network of independent creatives: thinkers, doers, risk takers and thought provokers who celebrate artistic independence and excellence at the annual award ceremony and artist conference on June 22 in New York City.
Show the world you belong with the best. Submissions close FRIDAY, Feb 1.