Shiny and the Spoon, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Bruce Cockburn, Girl In A Coma, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Carlton And JD McPherson Are Among Nominees Of The 11th Independent Music Awards

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Shiny and The Spoon

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March 7, 2012Innovative Americana-Pop group Shiny and the Spoon of Cincinnati join more than 300 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 11th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

Shiny and the Spoon is nominated under the IMA category “Americana Song” with their tune, “Coriander Blues.”

Shiny and the Spoon is nominated among an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Bruce Cockburn (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album), Ellis Marsalis (Concept Album and Cover Song), Girl in a Coma (Indie/Alt. Rock Album and Song), Larry Carlton (Tribute Album), April Verch (Americana Album and Acoustic Song), Birdie Nam Nam (Dance/Electronica Album and Short Form Music Video), Melissa Ferrick (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album and Acoustic Song), RuPaul (Social Action Song), and retro rock ‘n’ roller JD McPherson (Rock/Hard Rock Album).

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the Nominees in over 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

Winners will be determined by a panel of 77 influential artist and industry judges including  Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Joshua RedmanTori Amos, Michael Franti, Bettye LaVette, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Shelby Lynne, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin  (Lincoln Center), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub), Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory Entertainment), and  Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter). The results will be announced in April 2012.

In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until  Friday, July 20, 2012 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected program winners.

The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 billion music fans worldwide.

Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at

“We’re surprised and thrilled at the nomination.  We’re in great company and it feels good to work so hard at something and receive recognition for it.  We’re proud to represent Cincinnati and we hope folks who love our music will take a few seconds to vote for us!” –Amber Nash (Shiny and the Spoon)

Artistry Has Its Awards

Celebrating the democracy of creativity and meritocracy of talent, The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent artists traditionally ignored by mass media and big box retailers.

For the past 11 years, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The IMAs. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry networking database The Musician’s AtlasOnline, and producers of the original webTV series, Grooveable Feast, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

Winners of The 11th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of nearly 1 billion music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

Submissions for The 12th Independent Music Awards will open in later this month.
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