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The Avalon, Hollywood
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5:30 Red Carpet | 6:00 VIP Seating and General Admission
 | 8:00 Awards Show | 10:00 After Party

(Hollywood, CA) – May 15, 2023 – The first annual Hollywood Independent Music Awards (HIMA) will be presented Thursday, August 17th at the historic Avalon Hollywood in California. The deadline to submit music for nomination consideration is June 1st (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)

The HIMA honors independent artists, composers, songwriters, record labels, and technical recording professionals around the globe for their creative contributions to independent music.

The HIMA is an extension of the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), which is an annual event celebrating the songs and scores in all visual media including film, TV, video games, commercials, trailers, music videos, documentaries, and other new visual media. For over a decade, the HMMA has included independent music categories in its awards program. Many independent artists attribute the HMMA as a significant catalyst for their music careers. With exponential growth of the HMMA, and increased engagement from indie artists around the globe, the need for a stand-alone platform to specifically recognize independent music was undeniable.

Founder and executive producer of both the HMMA and HIMA, Brent Harvey, says “The HIMA will have the same level of production, stature, and fun as the HMMA. We’re even using the same venue and production team. It’s going to be a blast.  We’ll have quite a few surprises throughout the show!”

HIMA music categories include most mainstream genres and sub-genres expected in a music award show. The HIMA will also spotlight distinct genres not common in contemporary music awards. Notable examples include Afrobeats/Afropop and Amapiano, genres originating from the continent of Africa and quickly becoming mainstream. Technical categories will highlight professionals behind the scenes including sound mixers, recording engineers, producers, and independent record labels.

The HIMA main event will feature live music performances, celebrity appearances, a VIP pre-show mixer with hors d’oeuvres, award presentations, and an official after party.

Nominees from several states and countries are expected to attend the HIMA gala. and there will be HIMA “satellite” events the week of the show so that visiting artists can make the most of their time in Hollywood. Events will include panels and presentations on songwriting, music licensing, brand marketing, and networking events. Major record labels, music libraries, music supervisors, and other music industry professionals will be participating in these educational modules (detailed announcements to come), as well as attending the main show event.

The HIMA provides career-building services, resources, and valuable opportunities extending beyond the scope of most award programs. An annual HIMA membership includes direct contact with the HIMA ProTeam, a hand-picked group of music business professionals with specific skillsets including licensing, marketing, recording, and brand development. The HIMA also books fully paid performances (no “pay-to-play” gigs) in and around the greater Los Angeles. There is no fee to submit a live booking form for consideration.

Tickets to the Hollywood Independent Music Awards will become available at the end of May.

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