The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) is an international awards program created by Music Resource Group (MRG) in 2000 to recognize self-distributed recordings and releases from independent record labels. The IMAs honor works in over 100 categories that are evaluated by judges who are genre experts.
Notable winners and nominees have included Valerie June, Killer Mike, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Flying Lotus, Macy Gray, Five Finger Death Punch, Esprit D’Air,Reeve Carney, Roman Miroshnichenko, Simon Phillips, Foreigner, George Benson, Jeff Healey, Paul Wertico, Frank Colon, Marco Benevento, Roberto Tola, Paquito D’Rivera,Jake La Botz, and Pokey LaFarge.
A preliminary judging panel chooses up to five nominees in each category. A panel of high-profile and celebrity judges then selects winners based on artistic merit.
In addition to the awards selected by judges, the IMAs also gives out Vox Pop awards determined by fan voting.
Judges have included Robert Smith of The Cure, Tom Waits, Gloria Gaynor,Keith Richards, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Judy Collins,Peter Gabriel, Roger Daltrey, Keith Urban and Suzanne Vega.
Winners are announced at the annual award ceremony in New York City.