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A2IM Libera Awards Nominations Are Open - And They’re Not Just for Albums Anymore

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There are two new categories this year honoring humanitarians and self-releasing artists.

Nominations opened Monday morning (Sept. 21) for the 10th annual A2IM Libera Awards, which celebrate the independent music community. The awards were created by the American Association of Independent Music, hence the acronym A2IM.

Voters will notice some changes this year. Most significantly, the association has finally shifted from honoring albums to honoring “records,” which can be albums, EPs or singles.

Also, there are two new categories this year. The Humanitarian Award will honor a person, artist or company from the independent music community whose programs are designed to better the world. The A2IM Artist record of the year award is an initiative to help independent, self-releasing artists optimize their careers.

There are 31 categories in which members are asked to vote. Visit the Libera Awards website to access the voting platform, which is sponsored by Merlin. Nominations close on Dec. 7.

There are three additional categories not included on the voting platform — independent icon, the lifetime achievement award and the A2im independent impact award.

The A2IM Libera awards were first held in June 2012. The 10th ceremony will be held virtually on June 17, 2021 (as was the 2020 event). If it is safe for people to gather in groups at that time, an in-person event will be added. The awards will be the capstone event of A2IM's Indie Week, the annual music business conference, which will be held virtually from June 14-17, 2021.

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