Berlin-based international music trade show Popkomm has announced the six finalists for its annual Innovation in Music and Entertainment Award (IMEA).

All the finalists have already won a mentoring session with one of the three prize judges for simply reaching the final stage of the prize competition, which Popkomm calls "the most important prize for innovation by the German music industry." It will be held on the first night of this year's event, Oct. 8.

Internet networking forum First Tuesday's co-founder Julie Meyer will mentor Rawrip, a U.S. Web site that uses the Rippler search engine to introduce people to new music while giving labels and artists back 100% of all revenues from music sales. She will also mentor Netherlands finalist Independent IP, which has developed the FUGA business-to-business platform that delivers digital content to retailers around the world.

Michael Bornhäusser, a pioneer in commercial radio and software entrepreneur, will mentor Spanish finalist BMAT, which has a technology that rates singers in order to improve their vocal technique. He will also mentor The Filter, a music recommendation search engine that caters to users' specific needs is the brainchild of U.K. artist Peter Gabriel.

Charles Grimsdale, founder of OD2 and a technology investor, will be mentoring German finalist roccatune, a free on-demand music service offering over a million tracks accessible on PC or mobile phone. He will also mentor U.S. finalist Kyte, a mobile and online platform that enables a wide variety of users to produce and distribute digital content via the internet or mobile phones.

The winner will be chosen by live audience vote and will receive a free stand at Popkomm 2009, a cash prize of 3,000 Euros and media exposure. Previous winners of Popkomm-IMEA include Gracenote (2005), SonicBids (2005) and Playlouder MSP (2004).