Submit now for 15th annual Independent Music Awards

June 7, 2016

SOCAN members have until June 26, 2016, to take advantage of one free song submission when they apply for the 15th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs). Enter in any album, EP, song, video or design category here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 26, and you’ll receive a free song submission coupon with your receipt, which is good for use throughout the submission period.

SOCAN members who release their music independently are invited to submit their best work in more than 80 categories. The IMAs reward artistry and originality, and actively promote exceptional artists and releases to millions of music fans worldwide.

Active promotion begins the moment you enter your songs. Entries are heard by festival and radio programmers, bloggers, music supervisors, label A&R personnel, and talent buyers from venues throughout North America, Europe and Australia – so you can reach decision-makers just by submitting. The new IMAs site harnesses the social media clout of IMAs fans throughout the submission period to grow your mailing list, promote your new work, and help you become a nominee. The IMAs are also an opportinity to have your music heard by film and TV music supervisors, print and online press, and music fans.

Nominees are heard by blue-ribbon judging panels of music icons and industry influencers that have included Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Ziggy Marley, Band of Skulls, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Tori Amos, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Mann, DJ Spooky and Keith Urban.

Past winners and nominees have included Jackson Browne, fun., Killer Mike, Passenger and Flying Lotus. Previous SOCAN member winners and nominees include Melissa McClelland, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Sultans of String, Bruce Cockburn, and The Trews.

Winners will be announced from the stage of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Nov. 12, 2016 during a day-long music event showcasing IMA artists for fans and industry representatives.