From the press release:
A2IM is now accepting nominations for the 2012 American Association of Independent Music Libera Awards (“The Libbies”), the first award show for independents, BY independents, taking place June 21st at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, and capping off A2IM’s Indie Week 2012.
Nominations will be managed via a partnership with Official.fm and can be submitted by all U.S. independents for the below categories. Additionally, the A2IM Libera Award for “Up & Comer Artist presented by eMusic” will consist of two awards, determined by two separate votes: one by the A2IM member community and another by an eMusic member vote – giving both the music industry and music fans the opportunity to choose the next breakthrough independent artist(s).
Award: Up and Comer Award presented by eMusic – celebrating the next independent label superstar artist; to qualify artist must have total career sales not exceeding 5000 full length albums or 25,000 tracks (combined)
Award: Best Sync Usage – for the most creative or most impactful use of independent music in a film/tv/ad campaign
Award: Music Supervisor of the Year – for the music supervisor/licensing person who was especially supportive of independent music labels and artists in the last 12 months
Award: Light Bulb Award – celebrating the most innovative/creative marketing campaign by an independent label or artist in the last 12 months
Award: Road Warrior of the Year – celebrating the independent label band/artist that worked hardest at their job in the last 12 months
Award: 21st Century Award – celebrating the service provider or platform that was most beneficial to independent labels and artists in the last 12 months
Award: Creative Packaging Award (Physical or Digital) – celebrating the best or most creative packaging – including bundled packages, premium offerings or artwork/design packaging – from an independent label or artist in the last 12 months
The A2IM Libera Awards recognize the growing support and market share for independent artists by celebrating the accomplishments of independent artists and the independent labels that support them.
“We recognize the importance of independent labels, artists and other music professionals and giving them the tools they need to promote themselves smarter, faster and more simply online,” said Amaechi Uzoigwe, Head of Business Affairs and Content for Official.fm. “We’re proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Libera Awards. Official.fm will be the vehicle for showcasing the nominees’ music, and will empower social, digital and mobile conversations amongst fans and voters. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.”
“We’re thrilled to support the inaugural American Association of Independent Music Libera Awards,” said Molly Neuman, VP of Label Relations and MD Europe, eMusic. “Through this partnership, we’ll be giving members a unique way to participate in the exciting conversations about who will be the next big independent music superstar.”
A2IM board member and chair of the A2IM Libera Awards committee Portia Sabin (President, Kill Rock Stars) added, “The A2IM Libera Awards committee is very excited to welcome Official.fm as a sponsoring partner for the inaugural Libbies. Independent artists and labels record and release great music that represents a growing segment in our industry. We rely upon and appreciate the support from partners such as Official.fm to help us reach our fans and important partners every day and now they’re proving they’re here for us independents again by getting behind the A2IM Libera Awards.”
Submission requirements detailed here: http://a2im.org/2012/03/06/nomination-submission-guidelines-for-the-2012-a2im-libera-awards/