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A2IM Announces Fellows for Black-Owned Music Business Accelerator

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the fellows for its first-ever Black Independent Music Accelerator (BIMA) program.

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the fellows for its first-ever Black Independent Music Accelerator (BIMA) program, a fellowship grant initiative benefitting Black voices in the indie music community that was first unveiled in January.

Fellows selected for the 2021 BIMA program are, in alphabetical order: 180 Proof, Art Vs Transit, Build Your Own Dreams, Carnelian Productions, Chaos Club Entertainment, The Clarion Group, Creambridge, Doite Media, Electric Train Records, First One Up, glbl wrmng, Hutton Records, I Am Leven, Jazz Is Dead, JT Entertainment, Lauretta Records, Live TMG, Never Normal Records, Para Music Group, ProSound Media, SaulPaul Productions, Sending You Creative Entertainment, Sonnig Records, SpacedOut Studios Entertainment, Stay Solid Entertainment, Suckas Can’t Join Records, Thndr, TouchedDown Sound, Verse and Hook, VICEVERSA and The Zenzalai Group.


As part of the program, 2021 BIMA fellows will be provided with membership to A2IM – a nonprofit trade organization that represents nearly 700 independent music labels – and have their annual dues subsidized. They will additionally be granted complimentary tickets to events including Indie Week, A2IM’s annual conference and networking event that is next slated to take place June 14-17, 2021.

Additional benefits for fellows include mentorship opportunities within the A2IM community and invites to meetings with A2IM staff and its board of directors, legal roundtables, sessions with SoundExchange and meetings with streaming platforms such as Spotify and Amazon Music to discuss available marketing benefits.

Overseeing the program is an advisory council that includes Heads Music founder & CEO Madeline Nelson; Q&A founder and CEO Troy Carter; Cinq Music Group head of A&R, general market Fotemah Mba; Taryn Brown + Company founding principal Taryn Brown; Concord Music Group senior director of streaming marketing Chissy Nkemere, who also serves as global co-chair diversity & inclusion and board member at Women in Music; Warp Records head of marketing, North America Henoch Moore; and Reach Records senior vp of marketing Marcus Hollinger.


BIMA sponsors include such heavy hitters as Spotify, Amazon Music, Made in Memphis Entertainment, ADA, Reach Records, Songtrust, Taryn Brown + Company, Tunecore, Paperchain, Mad Decent, Materia Collective, AdRev, Symphonic Distribution, SoundExchange, Vydia and Xelon Digital.

To learn more about the program, visit a2im.org/bima.