IMPALA MUSIC, an organization which represents over 5000 independent music companies, has announced 25 nominees shortlisted for European Independent Album of the Year Award. One of the nominees is the Polish artist MaJLo with whom we have pleasure to cooperate.
2020 was a unique year, marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The creativity of European independent labels throughout the year really stood out and their release schedules were a highlight. Once again, this shortlist showcases how Europe’s independent music sector is thriving in diversity – writes IMPALA MUSIC
Nominees include a wide range of genres and artists, from Finnish pop to French electronic music, via Balkans’ ska, Danish blues and the eclectic music style of the UK’s nominee. The shortlist represents an impressive advert for the European independent music sector and the creativity of Europe’s artists.
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This year’s shortlist includes 25 amazing albums! This is a great opportunity to highlight European independent artists coming from all over Europe. 2020 has been a tough year and this shortlist is an energising way to start 2021 – said Helen Smith, IMPALA’s Executive Chair.
The complete list of nominees
Singles playlist on YouTube
Full album playlist on Spotify
IMPALA was established in 2000 and now represents over 5000 independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are small, micro and medium businesses and self-releasing artists. Known as the independents, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists – they produce more than 80% of all new releases and account for 80% of the sector’s jobs. IMPALA’s mission is to grow the independent music sector sustainably, return more value to artists, promote diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access, inspire change, and increase access to finance.
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