Tony wins two Independent Music Awards!

THE 13TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
 
Tony Halchak Joins Willie Sugarcapps, Vienna Teng, Valerie June, The Bankesters, Pete Seeger, The Soul of John Black, I See Stars, Rabbit Rabbit, Sultans of String, Elizabeth Mitchell, Marcio Novelli and Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground As The 13th Independent Music Awards Winners
 
Vienna Teng Wins Four Categories and Pete Seeger Is Honored For Previously Unreleased Track
 
June 3, 2014 – Tony Halchak is among the established and rising artists named as the judge-determined Winners of The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential, international awards program for independent bands and fans.
 
The veteran artists and rising stars named as 13th IMA Winners in more than 80 Album, EP, Song, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories were winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, and were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry executives.
 
Halchak won two awards in the Design category for Best Poster Design and Best T-shirt Design. He was one of the few artists who won multiple awards this year.
 
“It’s a huge honor for me to win these awards,” Halchak said. “After working so hard for so long at this it feels good.”
 
Among the other noteworthy achievements occurring as part of the 13th IMA program, Vienna Teng was named the winner of four categories, the most any artist has received in a given year.  The self-proclaimed “chamber folk” artist was honored in the Adult Contemporary Album, A Cappella Song, Social Action Song and Pop Song categories.
 
Mree, who bills herself as an emerging, experimental folk artist, and who is currently entrolled at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, received top honors in the Music Producer category for her sophomore album Winterwell.  The judges cited the sophisticated soundscapes that cushion the songs among the reasons for honoring the album’s overall production.
 
The unique pairing of Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground was awarded Best Short Form Music Video for its whimsical, stop-motion video for the song “No Guns To The Wedding.”  This collaboration between members of the Albanian military brass band (Fanfara Tirana) and the British dance pioneers (Transglobal Underground) was also honored for top World Beat Album.
 
In the IMA Long Form Video category, Marcio Novelli was named winner for the documentary Marcio Novelli Presents Walking Proof, a film that tracks shows the process of recording his debut album It’s Not An Excuse, It’s A Reason.
 
Known for championing original work by artists who follow their own muse, The IMAs provides Winners with performance, promotion and distribution opportunities that will place them in front of music supervisors, talent buyers, record label executives, and most importantly, fans worldwide.
 
“While the number of outlets that promote independent artists and new music continues to grow, audiences for these new media entities don’t have the influence of mainstream outlets,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards. “The program’s goal is to gain exposure for extraordinary self-released and independent label artists and their recent recordings.”
 
The 13th IMA Judging panel featured exceptional recording artists including: Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chiddy Bang, Suzanne Vega, G. Love, Sharon Jones, Laurie Anderson, Jim Lauderdale, Krewella, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, Lunice, Chris Wood & Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, Hudson Mohawke, Raul Midon, Melissa Auf der Maur, Aoife O’Donovan, Judy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Arturo Sandoval, Band Of Skulls, Adam Agee, Dennis Diken, Nathan Currin, Lindz West of LZ7, Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria and Jonathan Steingard of Hawk Nelson.
 
The IMA Judging panel was also comprised of record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors including: Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Hillary McAndrew Plate (Lincoln Center), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Productions), Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Dalis Allen (Kerrville Folk Festival), Megan West (SoundCloud), Lydia Hutchinson (Performing Songwriter),  Anne Saunders (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival), Billy The Kidd (Clear Channel), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub), Maria Mar (95.9 The Rat), Kath Borer (The Music House For Children), Patrick MacIntyre (Ironwood Stage & Grill), Paul Oveisi (The McKittrick Hotel), Art Szabo (The Starlite Room), Todd Pinnell (Tattoo Rock Parlour), Steve Silman (The Railway Club), Eugene Haslam (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Mads Black Just-Olesen (Littlefield & Spike Hill), Edan Wilber (Death by Audio), Erika Nichols (The Bluebird Café), David Jemilo (Green Mill Jazz Club), Hunter Rodgers (Cain’s Ballroom), James White (Broken Spoke), Annie Lawlor (Buddy Guy’s Legends), Daniel Gallant (Nuyorican Poets Café), David Kelleran (Coco66), Jo Bennett (Bush Hall), Luke Rinaldi (Rosemount Hotel & Railway Hotel), John McCooke (The Good Ship), Matthew McLean (Doug Fir Lounge), Kimberley Galceran (FBi Social), Sarah Whitby (Fly By Night), Sean Hitchings (93 Feet East), Colin Wesh (Ginglik), Vis the Spoon (Rhythm Factory), Luke Della Santa (The Standard), Daniel Michael (HQ Complex), Tim Carroll (Black Bear Lodge), Kylie McDowell (Beach Road Hotel), Patrice Lovelace (The Underworld), Tim Frank (Hard Rock Café), Kevin Hoskins (Rock Shop), Mitch Exton (Alhambra Lounge), Jessica Darlow (ARTRAGE), Jack Clover (Slaughtered Lamb), Kwenya Carreira (Marula Café), Alvaro Villacis (Wurlitzer Ballroom), Immy Doman (Green Note), Risa Tabatznik (Green Note) and Mark Ellicott (Heaven).
 
Artist bios, as well as music and images for all winning and nominated Albums, EPs, Songs, Design and Music Videos available at:  http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/13th
 

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