The 2017 A2IM Libera Awards, hosted by Ted Leo, will feature a diverse musical performance lineup, and for the first time, the show will offer a limited number of tickets to the public. This year’s lineup of Independent label artists includes Independent Icon Award honoree Nick Lowe (Yep Roc), Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ani DiFranco (Righteous Babe), Talib Kweli (Javotti Media), Twin Peaks (Grand Jury) and Nick Hakim (ATO Records).
“A2IM’s Libera Awards are growing rapidly. We are delighted to share with you an amazing performance lineup on June 8th at the Sony Playstation Theater in Times Square,” says A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess. “Dress up in your freewheeling finery and celebrate the extraordinary range of our Independent music community.”
The Libera Awards recognizes excellence across diverse categories honoring leading artists and labels within the Independent music community. The award show is in its sixth year and was first held at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Annually, it has grown and will be held this June at New York City’s PlayStation Theater (cap. 2,100), A2IM’s largest audience yet. The organization represents a broad coalition of more than 430 Independently owned American music labels.
This year, 19 awards will be handed out, including Album of the Year and Label of the Year, and nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.
According to MIDiA and Music Business Worldwide, Independent labels beat out the three major categories to capture the biggest share of the 2016 global music market in recorded music, physical goods and music publishing, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector. At the 2017 GRAMMY Awards, Independent artists won 38 categories and were up for 283 out of 420 non-producer category nominations.