The 2019 A2IM Libera Awards Moves To A New Venue Due To High Demand

The 2019 A2IM Libera Awards Moves To A New Venue Due To High Demand

After selling out tables early at the PlayStation Theater the A2IM Libera Awards 2019 are moving to the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC (141 West 54th ST.). The Awards will be held on June 20, 2019 at the culmination of the 10thanniversary of A2IM's Indie Week (June 17-20). Having grown dramatically over the past three years this year's award show will be the biggest ever.

The Libera Awards nominations will be released next month. Tables and tickets go on sale beginning March 5, 2019. and; Tables and tickets are selected on a first come first served basis. Tickets include access to the red carpet, pre-show reception, live performances, 27 awards celebrating this years' accomplishments in independent music, dinner, and post-show cocktail hour. For tickets and more information, please visit www.a2im.org.

"As we prepare for this year's Libera Awards, we are excited and humbled by the growth of the independent music community and A2IM as a whole. Moving to a larger venue will accommodate the growing demand for tickets and, as the biggest and best Libera Awards ceremony ever, will be a fitting celebration to conclude the 10th anniversary of Indie Week," said A2IM President & CEO, Dr. Richard James Burgess.

This year's Libera Awards will once again follow the gender equality and diversity commitment pioneered at last year's A2IM Indie Week and Libera Awards. Applauded for their support and attention to this issue within the music industry, CEO Dr. Richard James Burgess will make sure that at least 50% of all positions during the week are held by women on all levels of employment, including: performers, presenters, all crews, speakers, panelists, janitorial staff, security, etc. A2IM was one of only two US festivals/conferences to make this pledge as a part of PRS Foundation's International Keychange initiative. In fact, A2IM achieved gender balance (and other diversification) four years ahead of schedule in 2018. Additionally, A2IM has instituted a new policy for 2019, where all positions will be paid. While the majority of events of this magnitude around the globe have relied heavily on the efforts of volunteers, A2IM will compensate all event staff for their hard work with equal pay for men and women.

Each year the Libera Awards act as the closing ceremony to A2IM's Indie Week, the largest conference in independent music, which will be held at NY Law School (185 W. Broadway). Bringing together the luminaries of the independent music world, the Awards provide members of the community the opportunity to honor their peers and recognize all they have achieved over the previous year. Nominees will include artists and labels from across the musical spectrum in addition to organizations that have supported independent music around the world.

Indie Week and the Libera Awards are part of A2IM's four-pronged approach: advocacy, commerce, education, and connection building within and outside the independent music community. From helping promote independent music to standing up for the rights of the independent community, A2IM is dedicated to strengthening the independent music sector and ensuring that a fair share of value created by music is returned to its rights owners and creators.

A2IM currently boasts over 600 label members - the highest since its inception - and with its rapidly growing numbers, the organization continues to impact the music scene at the Grammy Awards and beyond.

About A2IM:

A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 600 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises' (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America's creative class that represents America's diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry's U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.www.a2im.org

The organization's board of directors consists of the following: Laura Ballance - Merge Records, Glen Barros - Concord, Glenn Dicker - YepRoc/Redeye, Kris Gillespie - Domino Recording Co., Andrew Kautz - Big Machine Label Group, Tony Kiewel - Sub Pop Records, Rosie Lopez - Tommy Boy, Louis Posen - Hopeless Records, Thaddeus Rudd - Mom & Pop, Portia Sabin - Kill Rock Stars and Victor Zaraya - R&T Industries



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