Impala announces European Independent Album of the Year Award
22nd January 2011

IMPALA announced the first European Independent Album of the Year Award at Midem, Cannes, this weekend. The winner of this new European mercury style award will be announced in February. The award aims to demonstrates the diversity of talent signed to independent labels across Europe. It is one of two new awards to showcase European independent music and those who drive it.

Helen Smith, Executive Chair, IMPALA said:  
“These awards recognise talent and great music irrespective of sales. We expect the shortlist to demonstrate the diversity of the European independent sector and are a great start to this European mercury style award.”

About the Independent Album of the Year Award
The new awards were announced to mark the 10th anniversary of IMPALA. The European Independent Album of the Year Award looks at showcasing the breadth and diversity of independent talent across Europe.

IMPALA was established in April 2000 to help independent music companies represent their own agenda and promote the expansion and competitiveness of independent music in the interests of entrepreneurial and cultural diversity.
99% of Europe’s music companies are SMEs. 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