legends and superstars continue to defect from the major labels to
assert control over their careers, the Independent Music Awards and
Music Resource Group announce more than 50 Winners in Music, Music
Packaging and Design categories for the 7th Annual IMAs. New categories
honored this year include Music Video, Music For Children, and College
Record Label release.
Reflecting the breadth of the independent
music community, IMA Winners and Finalists represent a mix of established
artists such as Koko Taylor (Blues Album winner), Miguel Migs (Dance/Electronica
Album winner), Ike Turner (Blues Album finalist), Bob McGrath (Children’s
Album finalist), and Ernie Watts (Jazz Album winner), alongside
Indie favorites including The Apples In Stereo (Pop/Rock Song winner),
Johnny Dowd (Alt. Country Album winner), Joan As Police Woman (Pop/Rock
Album winner - Tie,) and rising stars including No More Kings (Pop/Rock
Album winner - Tie), Miko Marks (Country Song winner), Girl In A
Coma (Punk Song winner), and The Silver Seas (Pop/Rock finalist).
In addition to this year’s winners
in various music and design categories, Val Emmich’s video
mix of live action and animation for his song "The Only One
Lonely" from the album Sunlight Search Party won the first
IMA Music Video Award. And Drexel University’s Mad Dragon
Records took the program’s top honors in the first College
Record Label Award for the eponymous album release for the band
Hoots & Hellmouth.
The IMAs is a unique, international program
that helps vetted indie artists and releases overcome mainstream
obstacles and reach wider audiences. IMA Winners are selected solely
on the basis of artistic merit - marketing campaigns and sales figures
have no impact on judges' decisions.
IMA winners were selected from hundreds of
finalists from around the globe by a panel of celebrity and industry
judges including Snoop Dogg, Suzanne Vega, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Davies,
Chad Smith, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Martin Atkins, Judy
Collins, Rolling Stone Contributor Anthony DeCurtis, DJ/Tastemaker
Chris Douridas, Producer Joe Boyd, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin
Lyman, Activision Worldwide Music Executive Tim Riley and MTV Music
Supervisor Carrie Hughes, among other artist and industry panelists.
the realities of an increasingly fragmented marketplace, the IMAs
eschew cash and prizes in favor of awarding Winners and Finalists
with coveted marketing initiatives and exposure via yearlong print,
online and radio promotion, distribution, and performance opportunities.
list of winners HERE