The European Independent Album of the Year Award celebrates the rich musical talent and diversity of independent European releases. The winner is selected on the basis of completely open criteria from a shortlist of albums nominated for their musical, artistic or other exceptional quality. Each year we publish the shortlist to showcase the independent sector’s diversity.

Winners and shortlists:
2020 –Vitamin C by My Ugly Clementine, shortlist here, listen to a podcast we did with the winners          on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcast and Deezer.
2019 – LP5 by Apparat, shortlist here
2018 – Street Worms by Viagra Boys, shortlist here
2017 – In My Head by Gurr, shortlist here
2016 – Citizen of Glass by Agnes Obel, shortlist here
2015 – Vestiges & Claws by José González, shortlist here
2014 – Our Love by Caribou, shortlist here
2013 – Guadalupe Plata by Guadalupe Plata, shortlist here
2012 – Coexist by The xx, shortlist here
2011 – 21 by Adele, shortlist here
2010 – Magic Chairs by Efterklang, shortlist here

Listen to the winners of the 10 first years here

My Ugly Clementine Album of the Year 2020 © Ink Music
Apparat Album of the Year 2019 © Mute


The Outstanding Contribution Award recognises the unparalleled efforts of an individual or organisation to promote and develop European independent music and the diversity of the sector.


Keith Harris
Tom Deakin
Love Record Stores
Music Declares Emergency
Markus Tobiassen and newspaper Dagens Næringsliv
Jonas Sjöström
Plus 1 – Refugees Welcome!
Eurosonic Noorderslag
Armada Music & Armin van Buuren
Charles Caldas
Martin Mills & Label Love
Mario Pacheco

Keith Harris OBE, 2021 Winner
Love Record Stores 2020 Winner
Music Declares Emergency 2019 winner


The Inspiration Award is part of IMPALA’s diversity and inclusion work. It will be launched in 2021 to celebrate diversity in the independent sector and put the spotlight on projects or individuals working on equity and inclusion.


The European Sales Awards promote independents and their artists on the basis of pan-European sales at different points in the success spectrum.

The IMPALA Awards are the first sales awards which recognise that success on a pan-European basis needs to be acknowledged on different levels. They celebrate the fact that success begins well before sales reach 1 million (the only pan-European sales level officially recognised before IMPALA launched its own scheme). The IMPALA Awards are intended to provide a new tool for independent music companies and artists to promote themselves, both domestically and internationally. They also recognise new talent and cultural diversity, and the fact that in order to promote cultural diversity in a meaningful and practical way, success needs to be celebrated at a much earlier point in an artist’s career than when they reach 1 million sales.

Over 950 albums have now been registered for the IMPALA Sales Awards, representing more than 100 million units sold and €1.5bn in revenue.

Levels and Conditions

These awards are open, not only to Europe based independent record companies, but also to independent record companies situated outside Europe, providing the CD, track, single etc. has reached the number of shipments below in Europe. Please note that digital consumption also counts, local rules can be used to covert as appropriate. There is no release date restriction on the sales awards.

The Award categories are (note that digital consumption also counts, please use local rules to covert):

IMPALA Silver 20 000
IMPALA Double silver 40 000
IMPALA Gold 75 000
IMPALA Double Gold 150 000
IMPALA Diamond 200 000
IMPALA Platinum 400 000
IMPALA Double Platinum 800 000

All shipments, made at any time, to anywhere in Europe can be counted in the number of shipments claimed for an award providing they are included in the qualifying territories list. This can include home territory and/or any other European territories. Note, as mentioned above, that digital consumption also counts, please use local rules to covert).


IMPALA compiles a list of releases for which an award is claimed via the IMPALA website. It is possible to certify shipments for an award and be included in this list (by submitting part A of the certification form). The list will be published every quarter and will also be posted on the IMPALA website. You may also go on to complete part B of the form to order the physical award to offer to your artist, the producer, etc.

Award orders

Award winners can order the IMPALA award. It is presented in a glass case containing the CD and cover, the IMPALA sales award stamp “in recognition of ‘x’ sales in Europe” and a personalised printed plaque with the title of the recording, the artist and the name of the record company releasing the record, plus the name of any intended recipient.

IMPORTANT: To mount the award the agent needs the corresponding number of copies of the actual CD and the released CD cover.


For prices, visit the award registration page. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail of the order, the inscription to be put on the personalised plaque and the amount of the invoice. Payment is to be made to the agent handling the orders on behalf of IMPALA. The agent will send the invoice together with the award(s) ordered. The agent will endeavour to deliver your order within two to three weeks.

Qualifying territories


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden


Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway

Other European countries

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Israël, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

To register, visit the Register/Order page

IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association

Coudenberg 70, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM

+32 2 503 31 38