In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is moving its two flagship annual events — Indie Week and the Libera Awards — online this year.
Indie Week, an international conference for the independent music industry, takes place for four days every summer in New York City, culminating in the Libera Awards, which honor accomplishments in the independent music sector. But with New York at the center of the current pandemic, A2IM announced that it will present a virtual version of the event on the same dates as originally planned, June 15-18, 2020.
“This first-of-its-kind global music conference will allow the organization to support the independent music community through educational and impactful programming, as well as through meaningful peer-to-peer connections,” a press release announcing the news states. “A2IM is grateful to its members, attendees, speakers, and performers who demonstrate time and again the importance of community.”
The organization will be in contact with ticketholders in the coming weeks with more information. The virtual event comes as A2IM, which represents independent music labels, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
International music business conference Midem made a similar announcement this morning, moving its next edition online. The event was set for June 2-5 in Cannes, and will now take place during those same dates via a global livestream.