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A2IM Libera Awards 2023: Nominee Submissions Now Open Through December 5th 2022

Enter your music for consideration at the 2023 A2IM Libera Awards! A2IM welcomes submissions from all music creators and owners, whether an A2IM member or not. This year we’ve got 4 new categories, Best Short-Form Video, Best Remix, Best Soul/Funk, Best Singer/Songwriter Record. To qualify, artists/submissions must be independently owned/controlled, and have been released in […]

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The A2IM Libera Awards, first held in June 2012, was created by A2IM (the American Association of Independent Music), to celebrate the successes of the independent music community and give our members a chance to directly support A2IM’s efforts. 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of the event, which has grown into the largest celebration of independent music in the country.


The name “Libera” comes from the Latin “liberare,” meaning “to free.” The annual awards show recognizes labels and artists who are free from traditional corporate control. In mythology, Libera was the goddess of freedom. A2IM’s Libera award statuette, is an individually handmade sculpture of the music muse who dances for freedom. Each year independent music labels from every genre, size, and geographical location submit their music, videos, artists, and campaigns for nomination consideration and are voted on by their peers. As the Libera Awards has grown beyond all recognition from its inaugural event held at Le Poisson Rouge through its most recent in-person event at Webster Hall in 2022, A2IM’s unceasing commitment to honoring the independent sector endures.

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