Indie Labels

A2IM Indie Music Libera Awards Nominations Open

The A2IM indie music Libera Awards will celebrate 10 years on June 17, 2021 and submissions are now open.

As in 2020, the Libera Awards will be held virtually. But if it is fully safe for people to gather in groups by the time of the show, an in-person event will added.

The Libera Awards will no longer celebrate albums only. In 2021, the nomination submission requirements have been broadened to allow for records, which are inclusive of singles, EPs, and albums in all categories.

Two new categories added:

  • The A2IM Humanitarian Award will honor programs and work by a person, artist, or company designed to better the world through the independent music community.
  • The A2IM Artist Record of the Year Award goes in tandem with A2IM’s new initiative, A2IM Artist, which was launched February 2020 to help self-releasing artists optimize their careers. This award category is open to all self-releasing artists who are registered as an A2IM Artist. Becoming an A2IM Artist is free; artists may join here.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Each year, independent music labels from every genre, size, and geographical location submit their music, videos, artists, and campaigns for nomination consideration to be voted on by their peers. The 2021 Libera Award nominations are now open. Nominations close on Dec. 7, 2020. More here.

Important Dates:

  • September 21, 2020: Libera Awards Submission Open
  • December 7, 2020: Libera Awards Submission Close
  • June 17, 2021: 10th Annual Libera Awards Show

2021 Categories

Record of the Year
Best R&B Record
Best Jazz Record (presented by Qobuz)
Best Blues Record
Best Live/Livestream Act
Best Sync Usage
Breakthrough Artist/Release
Creative Packaging
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Record
Best Country Record
Best Americana Record
Best Folk/Bluegrass Record
Independent Champion
Best Metal Record
Best Alternative Rock Record
Best Rock Record (presented by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP)
Best Punk Record
Label of the Year (Big) (Presented by ADA)
Label of the Year (Medium)
Label of the Year (Small)
Best Latin Record
Marketing Genius
Best Dance/Electronic Record
Video of the Year
Best Classical Record
Best Spiritual Record
Best World Record
Best Outlier Record
Best Reissue
A2IM Artist Record of the Year
A2IM Humanitarian Award

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