A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, congratulates this year's Grammy Award nominees, in particular recognizing the independent music labels and artists that earned 210 nominations out of 393 non-producer category nominations - half of all nominees for the third consecutive year. Independents were led by huge nights for Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Ultra Music, Smithsonian Folkways, Naxos of America, and Concord Music Group, the independent label leader in total GRAMMY nominations with 26 total nods.
Jim Mahoney, A2IM Vice President, says, "What an exciting night for so many independent labels and artists... from independent leaders Concord Music Group, Glassnote, Ultra Records and ATO to the outstanding people at Sunnyside Records, Mack Avenue, Nacional, and Compass Records...outstanding!"
Of the multiple nominations for Mumford & Sons' 'Babel,' Glassnote CEO Daniel Glass said "'Babel' continues to prove itself and touch people. We are elated, inspired, and proud of Mumford & Sons and their very talented producer Markus Dravs."
Echoed ATO Records GM Jon Salter, "We're so proud to be working with the Alabama Shakes. The band's talent and passion brings an energy to the music that's touching listeners across the country. Congratulations to the Shakes and all the devoted fans." Nicole Blonder, Sr. Director of Marketing and Sales for Mute Records continued, "We're so proud of M83 and the entire team! Everyone's worked incredibly hard to have this masterpiece of an album be recognized by the industry. It's been an amazing year!"
"On behalf of everyone who pours their hearts and souls into the great artists on independent labels," continued Mahoney, "A2IM couldn’t be prouder or more pleased for the recognition that the voting members of The Recording Academy showered upon this community tonight. Congrats to all of the nominees and we look forward to a big independent celebration in February."
For a full list of A2IM member nominees, visit http://www.a2im.org
. About A2IM
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry's market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital sales). The organization represents the Independents' interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New York City.
The organization's board of directors is composed of the following: Daptone Records General Manager Cathy Bauer; Sub Pop VP of Business Affairs Eric Brown; Epitaph General Manager Dave Hansen; Yep Roc Records Co-Owner Tor Hansen; Alligator Records Founder/CEO Bruce Iglauer; The Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills; Glassnote Records General Manager Chris Scully; Naxos of America CEO Jim Selby; Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman; Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian Founder/Co-Owner Darius Van Arman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.