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

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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 the United States and its territories between January 1 2022 and December 31, 2022.


  • Nominee Submissions Open: September 27, 2022
  • Nominee Submission Close: December 5, 2022
  • First-Round Voting Closes: January 31, 2023
  • Final Voting Opens: March 22, 2023
  • Final Voting Closes: April 5, 2023
  • A2IM Libera Awards 2023 Ceremony: June 15, 2023


We’ve got new ones, we’ve got old ones, we’ve got revamped ones. Check out our list of 37 categories and their descriptions.

Record of the Year
Best record
Video of the Year
Most impactful or visually compelling music video.
Label of the Year (15 or more worldwide employees)
Best independent label with 15 or more worldwide full-time employees. The total number of employees is based on the number of worldwide employees of the parent label.
Label of the Year (6-14 worldwide full-time employees)
Best independent label with 6-14 worldwide full-time employees. The total number of employees is based on the number of worldwide employees of the parent label.
Label of the Year (5 or fewer worldwide full-time employees)
Best independent label with 5 or fewer worldwide full-time employees. The total number of employees is based on the number of worldwide employees of the parent label.
A2IM Humanitarian Award
Program or work that a person, artist or company has done to better the world at large through or with the independent music community.
Best Live/Livestream Act
Best live/livestream individual performance that took place in the calendar year. If the individual performance took place after the submission process is closed, but within the eligibility period, you must send a link to the performance by December 31, 2022. If you are submitting for an entire series you must chooese one individual performance to represent the series.
Best Outlier Record
Best record that does not fit other, traditional Libera Awards categories. Recordings nominated for this category cannot be nominated for other categories.
Best Re-Issue
Best re-issue record with at least fifty percent (50%) of the recordings first commercially available prior to January 1, 2017. This includes compliations.
Best Short-Form Video
Best utilization of independent music in a short-form video, or, short-form video created by an independent artist or label. Video must have been made public for the first time within the submission period. All music featured must be independent per Libera Awards guidelines.
Best Sync Usage
Open to any synchronization that has appeared, for the first time, within the US during the eligibility period. The release date of the synced composition does not need to be within the eligibility period.
Breakthrough Artist
Artist or group that have significantly raised their profile and has acheived breakthrough commercial success, in the United States, for the first time, during the eligibility period. “Supergroups” are not eligibile for this category.
Creative Packaging
Best or most creative packaging, physical or digital including bundled packages, premium offerings or artwork/design packaging.
Independent Champion
The non-label entity or individual that best supported and championed Independent labels and artists this year.
Marketing Genius
The most innovative/creative marketing campaign for a record released during the eligibility period.
Self-Released Record of the Year
This category celebrates the entreprenurial spirit of independent self-releasing artists. The submission must be fully self-released by an individual artist or group. Records co-released with record labels or as a subsidary of a parent company are not eligible.
Best Alternative Rock Record
Best alternative rock record.
Best American Roots Record
Best American roots record. American roots includes bluegrass, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun, and Native American music.
Best Blues Record
Best blues record.
Best Classical Record
Best classical record; this category includes all periods and all sizes of ensemble or solo.
Best Country Record
Best country record.
Best Dance Record
Best dance record.
Best Electronic Record
Best electronic record.
Best Folk Record
Best folk record. Characterized as traditional music that originated from an oral tradition which was passed down through generations. This category includes contemporary interpretations of folk music.
Best Global Record
Best global record.
Best Heavy Record
Best heavy record.
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Record
Best rap/hip-hop record.
Best Jazz Record
Best jazz record.
Best Latin Record
Best Latin record. Eligible records contain at least 51% of lyrics in Spanish, Portuguese, or otherwise accepted languages.
Best Pop Record
Best pop record.
Best Punk Record
Best punk record. Includes all iterations and sub-genres of punk and hardcore music.
Best R&B Record
Best R&B record.
Best Remix
Best remix. A qualifying remix is a work that uses material from the original composition to create a new and different recording.
Best Rock Record
Best rock record.
Best Singer-Songwriter Record
Best singer/songwriter record. Artist who writes, composes, and performs their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.
Best Soul/Funk Record
Best soul/funk record.
Best Spiritual Record
Best spiritual record.

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