Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Drexel U Wins Independent Music Award


Drexel University, Florida State University, New York University
and University of Colorado/Denver Awarded Honors in College Label Category

December 18, 2007, Montclair, NJ – Music Resource Group, publisher of the best-selling music business contact database, The Musician’s Atlas and the interactive AtlasOnline, has announced the winners of the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA).

This year the IMAs, the awards program for the 'Indie Revolution,' honored more than 50 Winners in Music, Music packaging and Design categories. New categories added this year include College Label, Music For Children and Music Video categories.

Reflecting the breadth and diversity of the independent music community, IMA Winners and Finalists represent a mix of established artists such as Koko Taylor (Blues Album Winner), Miguel Migs (Dance/Electronica Album Winner), Ike Turner (Blues Album Finalist), Bob McGrath (Children’s Album Finalist) and Ernie Watts (Jazz Album Winner) alongside Indie favorites including The Apples In Stereo (Pop/Rock Song Winner), Johnny Dowd (Alt. Country Album Winner), Joan As Police Woman (Pop/Rock Album - Tie) and rising stars including No More Kings, Miko Marks (Country Song Winner), Girl In A Coma (Punk Song Winner) and The Silver Seas (Pop/Rock Finalist).

In addition to this year’s winners in various music and design categories, Drexel University’s Mad Dragon Records took the program’s top honors in the first College Record Label Award for the self-titled release for the band Hoots & Hellmouth. Another Mad Dragon release, Andrew Lipke’s “The Way Home,” was honored as a Finalist in the category along with the WVFS release, “Live At WVFS” from Florida State University; a Village Records release, “Banana Split” from New York University and “Put Your Ear To The Ground: Colorado Cuts Vol.2” from University of Colorado/Denver.

“More and more school programs are adapting to the changing realities of the industry and offering their students tangible, hands-on learning opportunities,” said Martin Folkman of Music Resource Group and the Independent Music Awards. “Many music business programs are putting out and marketing quality releases on their own labels; booking artists on national tours; signing artists to publishing deals, etc. The Musician’s Atlas and the Independent Music Awards supports all independent entrepreneurs in their pursuit of success,” said Folkman.

“Music Resource Group believes that the future of the music industry will be shaped by the mavericks who are currently enrolled in music and music business courses,” said Folkman “The Independent Music Awards is the only international program that is focused on promoting these students and their schools.”

About The IMAs

The IMAs is a unique, international program that helps vetted indie artists and releases overcome mainstream obstacles and reach wider audiences. IMA Winners are selected solely on the basis of artistic merit -marketing campaigns and sales figures have no impact on judges’ decisions.

IMA winners were selected from hundreds of Finalists from around the globe by a panel of celebrity and industry judges including Snoop Dogg, Suzanne Vega, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Davies, Chad Smith, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Martin Atkins, Judy Collins, Rolling Stone Contributor Anthony DeCurtis, DJ/Tastemaker Chris Douridas, Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman, Activision Worldwide Music Executive Tim Riley and MTV Music Supervisor Carrie Hughes, among other artist and industry panelists.

Reflecting the realities of an increasingly fragmented marketplace, the IMAs eschew cash and prizes in favor of awarding Winners and Finalists with coveted marketing initiatives and exposure via yearlong print, online and radio promotion, distribution and performance opportunities.

IMA strategic partnerships with eMusic, Pure Volume, maniaTV, Havoc TV, World Space Satellite Radio, Burnside Distribution and the Planetary Group place Winners & Finalists in front of millions of music fans & industry decision makers.

7th Annual IMA Program Highlights include:

  • Winners & Finalists are featured in the 2008 10th Anniversary edition of The Musician’s Atlas – the best-selling guide for today's music industry. The publication is distributed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
  • Winners & Finalists receive yearlong marketing support and distribution alliances that place them in front of millions of music fans and industry decision makers around the world.
  • Winners tracks are included on the IMA CD compilation, Now Hear This distributed at major music events such as SXSW, Folk Alliance, Popkomm, NXNE, Ozzfest, Warped Tour, MacRock, MTV Springbreak, London Calling and other industry and consumer events throughout 2008.
  • CD compilation serviced to 700+ USA & Canadian public & college radio stations by The Planetary Group.
  • CD compilation promoted to 4 million+ eMusic subscribers.
  • CD compilation promoted to 2 million+ Pure Volume customers.
  • Winners and Finalists will be featured on the maniaTV & HavocTV internet networks.
  • Winners to be featured on World Space satellite radio.
  • Winners & Finalists promoted to Social Networking communities such as MySpace,, Facebook, etc.

“Vox Populi” Voting Determines IMA People’s Choice Winners

Additionally, music fans from around the world will have their say at the IMA Vox Populi Jukebox ( by voting for their favorite artists and tracks from now through February 2008.

All IMA Winners and Vox Populi favorites will benefit from print, online, broadcast and related promotions throughout 2008.

See IMA winners in the Album and Song categories below:

For a complete list of winners and categories go to:

Submissions for the upcoming 8th Annual Independent Music Awards are being accepted at and at Deadline for entries is Friday, August 1, 2008.

IMA Music Winners Include


ALT. COUNTRY – Johnny Dowd, ‘Cruel Words;’ AMERICANA – Hannah Blaylock & Eden’s Edge, ‘Lights Of Home;’ BLUES – Koko Taylor, ‘Old School;’ CHILDREN’S – Kira Willey, ‘Dance For The Sun;’ CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN – Sebastian Demrey, ‘Searching;’ COUNTRY – Chris Gray, ‘It’s All About Me;’ DANCE/ELECTRONICA – Miguel Migs, ‘Those Things;’ FOLK/ SINGER-SONGWRITER – Drew Pilgram, ‘Magnetic Sideways Pull;’ GOSPEL – The Minister John Butler, ‘The Tribute – Phase II;’ HARD ROCK/METAL – Ashes Are Nutritious, ‘Frustration +;’ JAM – Jason Seed Elixer Ensemble, ‘Where The Corners Meet;’ JAZZ – Ernie Watts, ‘Analog Man;’ LATIN – Jose Conde & Ola Fresca, ‘Revolucion;’ LIVE PERFORMANCE – Marco Benevento, ‘Live At Tonic;’ NEW AGE – Priscilla Hernandez, ‘Ancient Shadows;’ POP/ROCK (TIE) – Joan As Policewoman, ‘Real Life,’ – and - No More Kings, ‘No More Kings;’ R&B – Aja West & Friends, ‘Total Recall 2012;’ RAP/HIP-HOP – Zeph & Azeem, ‘Rise Up;’ WORLD FUSION – Cholo Soy – Jamie Cuadra, ‘Peruvian Waltz Chillout;’ WORLD TRADITIONAL – Alasdair White, ‘An Clàr Geal.’


ALT. COUNTRY – Yarn, “No Future Together;” AMERICANA – Boulder Acoustic Society, “Does It Really Matter;” BLUES – Little Miss Higgins, “In The Middle Of Nowhere;” CHILDREN’S – Kira Willey, “Caterpillar, Caterpillar;” CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN – Vincent Joseph Manzo, “Only By Grace;” COUNTRY – Miko Marks, “It Feels Good;” DANCE/ELECTRONICA - Mudville, “Wicked;” FILM/TV & MULTIMEDIA – Jennifer Kreisberg, “Have Hope;” FOLK/ SINGER-SONGWRITER – Tannis Slimmon, “Ernest, Charlie & Allan;” GOSPEL – Robbin Thompson, “Move On Down The Line;” HARD ROCK/METAL - Pløk, “I Do Not Live In A Condo;” JAM – The Frequency, “Jim Gordon Part II;” JAZZ – Stanley Maxwell, “Mousetrap;” LATIN – Zoraida Santiago, “Canciones Por Todas Partes;” NEW AGE 9 6 Jeff Oster, “Saturn Calling;” POP/ROCK – The Apples In Stereo, “Same Old Drag;” PUNK – Girl In A Coma, “Clumsy Sky;” RAP/HIP-HOP – Animate Objects, “El Dorado;” R&B – Ari Gold, “Love Wasn’t Built In A Day;” SOCIAL ACTION – Kenny White, “How Long;” WORLD FUSION – Luca Mundaca, “Ha Dias;” WORLD TRADITIONAL – Lionel Loueke, “Kponnon Kpètè.”

To view the winners of the Independent Music Awards Design Categories for Best Album Packaging, Album Photography, Band & Label Website Design, Poster Art and Merchandising (Swag), visit the 7th Annual IMA Winners Jukebox at:

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