Independent Music Awards Deadline Extended- Entries Must Be Postmarked by Friday September 1, 2006

The deadline for the 2007 Independent Music Awards is extended by one week – providing procrastinating artists around the world a brief window to still submit materials to this prestigious program.

The IMAs celebrate the very best in independent music and design and this year’s crop of entries are shaping up to be the most diverse and talented in the award’s six-year history. A-list Artist judges including Peter Gabriel, Wynonna,

Ozzy Osbourne, Suzanne Vega, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Oakenfold, Afrika Bambaataa, Bill Frisell and others join influential Industry judges ranging from high profile Music Festival Artistic Directors, Record Label Executives, Film, TV & Gaming Music Supervisors and Music Journalists to determine this year’s winners.

Entries from Japan, Australia, Guam, Argentina, Cuba, Israel, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Greece, Estonia, Russia, Ireland, the UK, Canada and the United States reflect the program’s stature and reach throughout the international independent music community.

“If it’s true that music is the universal language, then it’s equally true that today’s musician must also speak the language of the music business – promotion, distribution, sales and fan management” said IMA Director, Martin Folkman. “Artists tell us that they enter the IMAs specifically to benefit from the program’s unique focus on yearlong marketing, promotion and distribution premiums – artists who enter the IMAs are generally more interested in tangible career advancements than gear and trophies” said Folkman.

Co-sponsored by mega retailer, Borders Books & Music, radio promotions company, the Planetary Group and terrestrial & internet radio tracking service, MediaGuide, IMA Winners are promoted to more than 9 Million Music Fans, Radio Programmers, Talent Buyers, Film, TV & Gaming Music Supervisors, Journalists and other key industry decision makers. An IMA Winners CD is serviced to 500+ college and public radio stations. For the past two years, the CD placed in heavy and medium rotation at more than 300 stations, with several tracks charting on the Top 5 thru Top 25 on the CMJ airplay charts.

For the first time, this year’s winners, finalists and entrants will be considered to participate in an IMA Showcase series in New York City scheduled to launch in Spring, 2007. Also new to this year’s program is the song category, Sing Out For Social Action that will provide artists with the opportunity to inspire social action with their music. Folkman discusses the creation of this new category in a featured interview in this week’s issue of Encore Digital Weekly Magazine (

Past IMA Winners and Finalists credit the program with boosting their visibility among festival bookers, talent buyers, distributors, industry insiders and fans. Says 2006 IMA Winner Jane Saunders “since we have won the Independent Music Awards for the 2006 Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year, The Greatest Fear has sold over 5,000 copies of our debut CD, “The Coronation Of The Locust Queen!” The award has legitimized The Greatest Fear in the eyes of magazine reviewers, DJ’s and venue promoters who normally are inundated with demo submissions…” Previous IMA Winners and Finalists include Lacuna Coil, Richard Julian, Chris Whitley, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Girly Man, The Mooney Suzuki, Mary Gauthier, Sugarcult, Lil Peedy, Paris Combo and Phil Roy.

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