Thursday, February 11, 2016

11th Annual IMA Judges

11th Annual IMA Artist Judges

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Bettye LaVetteBettye LaVette

Keith RichardsKeith Richards

Tom Waits & Kathleen BrennanTom Waits & Kathleen Brennan

Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega

Michael FrantiMichael Franti

Tori AmosTori Amos

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne

Shelby LynneShelby Lynne

Joshua RedmanJoshua Redman

Amy RayAmy Ray
Indigo Girls

Jimmy ScottJimmy Scott

Del McCouryDel McCoury
Del McCoury Band

Jonatha BrookeJonatha Brooke

Ryan TedderRyan Tedder

Zach FilkinsZach Filkins

Jim LauderdaleJim Lauderdale

McCoy TynerMcCoy Tyner

Judy CollinsJudy Collins

Pete WentzPete Wentz
Fall Out Boy/ Owner, Decaydance Records

Lee RitenourLee Ritenour


Beefcake the MightyBeefcake the Mighty

Flattus MaximusFlattus Maximus

Jizmak Da GushaJizmak Da Gusha

Oderus UrungusOderus Urungus

Weird Al Yankovic“Weird Al” Yankovic

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
Good Charlotte

Joel MaddenJoel Madden
Good Charlotte

Vijay IyerVijay Iyer

Jeremy TaggartJeremy Taggart
Our Lady Peace

Toots HibbertToots Hibbert

Rob WassermanRob Wasserman

Dennis DikenDennis Diken
The Smithereens

Brad RobertsBrad Roberts
Crash Test Dummies

DJ SpookyDJ Spooky

Wonder Mike and Master GeeWonder Mike & Master Gee
Sugarhill Gang

More to Come

11th Annual IMA Industry Judges

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Bill BraginBill Bragin
Director of Public Programming, Lincoln Center

Kevin LymanKevin Lyman
Founder, Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour, & Mayhem Festival

Delphine RobertsonDelphine Robertson
Deva Anderson Music Supervision
Playtone Productions

Alan LightAlan Light
Director of Programming
Live From The Artists Den

Dalis AllenDalis Allen
Director, Kerrville Folk Festival

Josh BaronJosh Baron

Anne SaundersAnne Saunders
Artistic Director for Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Jason OlaineJason Olaine
Artistic Director – Yoshi’s San Francisco, Talent Buyer – George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival, Independent Producer, General Manager – Monterey Jazz Festival Records

Anthony DeCurtisAnthony DeCurtis
Contributing Editor,
Rolling Stone

Evan SchlanskyEvan Schlansky
American Songwriter

Dan StorperDan Storper
Founder, Putumayo World Music

Lydia HutchinsonLydia Hutchinson
Performing Songwriter

Bruce IglauerBruce Iglauer
Alligator Records

Bob LudwigBob Ludwig
Mastering Engineer

Troy StacyTroy Stacy

Kimberly AldridgeKimberly Aldridge
Manager of Music Licensing
AMI Entertainment Network, Inc.

Randi MillmanRandi Millman
Booking Agent
T.T. The Bear’s
Boston, MA

Celina DenkinsCelina Denkins
Senior Booking Agent
National Talent Buyer
Whisky a Go-Go
West Hollywood, CA

Cody R CowanCody R Cowan
CEO / “Chief”
Mohawk – Austin, TX

Chris DiazChris Diaz
Talent Buyer
Knitting Factory Entertainment
Brooklyn, NY

Nisha AsnaniNisha Asnani
Program Manager
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
New York, NY

Victor MatosVictor Matos
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
New York, NY

Kath BorerKath Borer
Senior Manager
Bush Hall
The Music House For Children
London, England

John SandersJohn Sanders
Senior Talent Buyer
Iron Horse Ent. Group
Northampton, MA

John ScolesJohn Scoles
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club
Winnipeg, MB

Matt RucinsMatt Rucins
Talent Buyer & Promotions
Lincoln Hall / Schubas
Chicago, IL

Heather DHeather D
Talent Buyer
The Bell House /
Union Hall
Brooklyn, NY

Colleen FischerColleen Fischer
Director of Booking
Austin City Limits Live
Austin, TX

Sara BeesleySara Beesley
Programming Manager
Joe’s Pub
New York, NY

David CottonDavid Cotton
Talent Buyer
Antone’s / Saxon Pub / Threadgill’s
Austin, TX

Patrick MacIntyrePatrick MacIntyre
Ironwood Stage & Grill
Calgary, AB

Paul OveisiPaul Oveisi
Momo’s Club
Austin, TX

Art SzaboArt Szabo
Talent Buyer
The Starlite Room / BRIXX Bar & Grill / Temple
Edmonton, AB

Todd PinnellTodd Pinnell
Manager / Booker
The Rivoli
Toronto, ON

Steve SilmanSteve Silman
GM / Talent Buyer
The Railway Club
Vancouver, BC

Dave WardDave Ward
Events & Marketing Director
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Ottawa, ON

Brice RosenbloomBrice Rosenbloom
Music Director
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

Craig LaskeyCraig Laskey
Owner –
Collective Concerts
Talent Buyer
Horseshoe Tavern /
Lee’s Palace
Toronto, ON

Jennifer DaReJennifer DaRe
Creative Director / Executive Director
Music Sessions
ATN Management
Talent Buyer/Producer, All Together Now Showcase
Designer, Sinise Colbran

More to Come


10 Responses to “11th Annual IMA Judges”
  1. King says:

    So I submitted to this. I hope you all keep in mind. I self produced the beats note by note, no sampling… Rap, sing, play all the instruments, and recorded my own material. Normally I don’t like contest online, but I guess I got a nice feeling about this one.

  2. Tracy Woody says:

    Wonderful Opportunity for Indie Artist. Just plain Wonderful. Thank you for all the exposure, opportunity to meet new fans, to revisit old ones, to be heard globally, to be heard by expert and experienced judges, licensing possibilities, goes on and on. Just plain Wonderful opportunity. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

  3. Jamey Myers says:

    Hello and thanks for such a oppurtunity given among the growing artist of today, I am a new artist and owner of my label in would like to say that this album i produced is for club and female attraction in the hip-hop/rap genre and has songs that are very marketable for seasons and mainstream events. Again thanks for listenening and your consideration.

  4. Thank you Independent Music Awards for the opportunity to be heard and be among the talented independent artists nationally and international! Music connects us all, spiritually! I am honored to be part of this community!

  5. Greetings and thanx to all of you associated with the IMA for the opportunity and consideration. I am an owner of an independent record store that created a record label last year, for the sole purpose of proving to a group of very talented local professional recording artists, that vinyl was once again a very viable format and should be considered as a format for the conveyance of music. To that end, a compilation of those local artists was put together in “record” time and released on vinyl, with an accompanying compact disc, and distributed through my record store and, to a certain extent, on-line. 500 copies were manufactured and all but five copies have been sold … not bad for a small local project that started out as sort of challenge or dare! … for gosh sakes, we don’t sell 500 copies of anything anymore … not even the latest by Springsteen or Waits or Justin Bieber … :) … I hope you like the record as much as we had fun making it. Although it is being considered in the Compilation category, it was truly more of a Collaboration … thanx.

  6. Larry Loucks says:

    My brother, Colen Lococo, is an amazing song writer. The guy has written over 1500 songs….songs I listen to myself. He’s the founding member of The Revolving Birds. Their debut album, released in 2011, is one of the best I’ve heard in years. Thanks judges for taking note of this amazing artist. He’s a great guy and I’m convinced the universe put these songs in him because it wants them to be heard.

    Thanks again,


  7. Joe says:

    I just read the recent article about Keith Richards’ inclusion among the judges. That is amazing, congrats to everyone involved in making that happen.

    I also read that he will be judging the “blues” and “world beat” categories.

    Where can I find out which categories EACH JUDGE is participating in?

  8. IMA Robert says:


    This is the page for the 11th Annual IMA Judges. The 11th Annual program closed submissions and has already announced the nominees. The judges are in the process of selecting the winners. The 12th Annual IMA Judging Panel lineup has not been confirmed yet. We hope Keith will remain on board, but this all depends on his and The Rolling Stones’ schedule for the year. Please check back to this Judge page for updates soon.

  9. Joe says:

    No, I knew this was the 11th annual page. I was just curious who was judging the other categories..right now. It says that Keith Richards is one of the judges for the “Blues” and “World Beat” categories.

    I was curious specifically who is judging some of the other categories like Pop, Hip Hop and Concept Album.

  10. IMA Robert says:


    I’m sorry for misunderstanding your question. Keith independently announced the categories that he asked to review in the 11th annual program. The arrangement made with our judging panelists is to not disclose areas of participation so that results do not reflect specific, individual preferences.

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