Are you an indie musician with a hot song? Have you recorded the song in a “fully mastered and complete” format? If so, you might consider entering the Independent Music Awards contest. Entry fees are reasonable, and the bang for your buck if you win will definitely be positive.
Winning songs may elevate the artist to a higher level when it comes to the public:
“The IMAs elevate the exceptional work of artists and releases from around the globe. In addition to the prestige of earning IMA honors, your best work is showcased to peers, heroes and influencers – including radio programmers, talent buyers, producers and press.
Enhanced promotional opportunities may include radio promotion, branded streaming, sync placements, brand sponsorships, performances, events, industry introductions and more. Entrants also eligible for select performance and marketing opportunities.”
I cherry picked a few important FAQs, but all the information you need is posted at the IMA website.
Top of the list is IMA’s recommendation you copyright all your entries prior to submission. Also of note is the guarantee you retain all rights to your work.
“Only releases available in either physical, digital download or streaming format [for sale or free] between October 1, 2017 THRU July 31, 2019 Are Eligible.”
Fees range from $35 to $55 per entry.
Entry deadline is midnight, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.
If you’re a member of BMI, you get a second entry free.
BMI also provided information about judges and some past winners:
“Projects are reviewed by iconic artists, programmers, music supervisors and talent buyers throughout the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim. This year’s judges include Tom Waits, Robert Smith (The Cure), Lee Ann Womack, Paquito D’Rivera, Martha Wash, Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Nicole Atkins, the members of Boyce Avenue, Todd Rundgren and many more. Previous IMA winners and nominees include Jackson Browne, .fun., Killer Mike, Passenger, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, All Hail The Yeti, Flying Lotus, JD McPherson, John McEuen, Nik West and Macy Gray.”
Songs aren’t the only works you can enter. There are more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Video, Producer, Photography and Design categories. Cover songs are permitted, but be sure to read the FAQs page linked above for more on that.
Entering legitimate contests is sort of like buying a lottery ticket. If you don’t enter, you can’t win, and someone will definitely win.
(Kay B. Day/Sept. 28, 2018)