Fans Create New Winners In The 10th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll
Girl In A Coma, Tripping Lily, Karim Baggili, Melissa Auf der Maur and Zhao Jiazhen Among Those Honored By Music Fans

July 19, 2011 � Music Resource Group (MRG) and The Independent Music Awards
(The IMAs), the international program for independent bands and fans today announced the results of The IMA Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the annual awards. More than 57,000 music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists culled from the 250 Nominees in more than 70 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories.

Included in the latest batch of IMA winners are the punk rocker group Girl In A Coma, the folk pop quartet Tripping Lily, and Belgian guitar/oud prodigy Karim Baggili. Among those adding Vox Pop honors to their IMA honors announced earlier this year are former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, and renowned guqin virtuoso Zhao Jiazhen from The Peoples Republic Of China.

The complete list of winners is below; their nominated work and bios available at

More than 75 percent of the “people’s voice” selections differed from those named in February by the artist and industry judging panel that included Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Mann, Seal, Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), and Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center) among many other music industry professionals.

“The Independent Music Awards celebrate artists who follow their own muse and the music fans who support them,” said The IMA Executive Director, Martin Folkman. “The Vox Pop award is one of the many ways The IMAs motivates fans to discover and support incredible independent talent, which after all is the purpose of The IMAs,” Folkman said.

“One of the most compelling aspects about the Vox Pop results is the undeniable proof that active bands and motivated fans are a winning combination” said Folkman. In addition to targeted marketing outreach from The IMAs and partners, all Nominees were given a promotional tool kit that included a voting widget to share on their websites and social media pages. “Nominees who posted their widget improved their chances of earning the Vox Pop award by more than 56%,” said Folkman.

Several new performance and marketing programs will be added to The 11th IMAs currently accepting submissions at


Now in its 11th year, The Independent Music Awards is a prestigious international program that connects top ranked artists to new audiences and revenue opportunities. The IMAs yearlong promotions distribution and performance opportunities place winners and nominees in front of millions of Fans, Programmers, Talent Buyers, Film, TV & Gaming Music Supervisors, Media and other gatekeepers.

Past winners and nominees include: Holly GoLightly & The Brokeoffs, Cursive, Hoots & Hellmouth, Gemma Ray, The RaRa Riots, The Trews, Dirtfoot, Marco Benevento, Lacuna Coil, Animate Objects, The Cliks, Son De Madera, The Dollyrots, The Flatlanders, The Very Best, God Forbid, Denque Fever, Jamie Lidell, Johnny Dowd, The Apples in Stereo, Joan As Police Woman, Selasee, Tony Trischka, Martin Sexton, Jeff Healey, Speech, Koko Taylor, Ike Turner, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dan Zanes, Miquel Migs, Oran Etkin, Lionel Louke, Bitter Sweet, Christopher Tin, and Jennifer Nettles.

Music Resource Group producer of The Independent Music Awards and publisher of the Musician’s Atlas has been connecting independent artists and other music entrepreneurs to new marketing and revenue opportunities since 1998.

SectionCategoryArtistWinning Work
AlbumAdult ContemporaryVictoria VoxExact Change
AlbumAlt. CountryMoonshine RamblersMoonshine Ramblers
AlbumAmericanaThe Black LilliesWhiskey Angel
AlbumBluesTeresa James & the Rhythm TrampsYou Know You Love It
AlbumChildren's MusicThe Monkey BunchPower To The Little People
AlbumCompilation AlbumHans MayerSilly Biz: Hanz Mayer Favorites
AlbumConcept AlbumTaylor CarsonDefending The Name
AlbumContemporary ChristianBridget LarsonHe Is
AlbumContemporary ClassicalAlejandro EscuerFolklore Imaginario
AlbumCountryLogan MizeLogan Mize
AlbumEclecticDiablo Swing OrchestraSing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious
AlbumFolk/Singer-SongwriterTripping LilyThe Day Everything Became Nothing
AlbumGospelAsylum Street SpankersGod's Favorite Band
AlbumIndie/Alt./Hard RockMelissa Auf der MaurOut of Our Minds
AlbumJazzTony GreyUnknown Angels
AlbumLatinDislocadosLa Salida
AlbumLive PerformanceKirsty McGee & The Hobopop CollectiveNo. 5
AlbumNew AgePatrick BernardPaix Amour & Lumi�re
AlbumPop/Rockshoe.Speed of Life
AlbumPunkThe RevelevensWelcome to Baltimore
AlbumR&BMichael StewartWhere I'm Going...
AlbumRap/Hip-HopEastern SunzCorroded Utopia
AlbumReissueDoug Jenson and the Feel KingsNickel and Wood
AlbumTribute AlbumThe Nu-UtopiansImagined
AlbumWorld BeatKarim BaggiliL�a & Kash
AlbumWorld TraditionalZhao JiazhenZhao Jiazhen: Masterpieces of the Chinese Qin from the Tang Dynasty to Today
Album/EPCollege Label Release (Album or EP)Birdie BuschEveryone Will Take You In
EPEPThe Paper ShapesBe Vigilant
SongAcousticTripping LilyHigh
SongAdult ContemporaryThe SpeedbumpsI Come From A Town
SongAlt. CountryLera LynnBobby, Baby
SongAmericanaHymn For HerGrave
SongBluesSunday WildeThat Man Drives Me Mad
SongChildren's MusicJoanie Leeds & The NightlightsMore Cowbell
SongContemporary ChristianCanopy RedAll Around Me
SongCountryThe Steel WheelsNothing You Cant Lose
SongCover SongGirl in a ComaWalkin After Midnight
SongFolk/Singer-Songwriter - tieGinas Picture ShowDon't Be Mad
SongFolk/Singer-Songwriter - tieMegan SlankardThe Happy Birthday
SongGospelThe Steel WheelsWorking On A Building
SongHoliday Song (Any Holiday)In A World...Halloween Masquerade Waltz
SongIndie/Alt./Hard RockMidnight SpinTrigger Finger Itch
SongInstrumentalThe Marc Atkinson TrioVorizo
SongJazzHalie LorenThirsty
SongLove SongScrapyard LullabyBaby
SongMetal/HardcoreStone CrusherSea Witch
SongNew AgeDavid ClavijoPromises
SongPop/RockQuiet CompanyIts Better To Spend Money Like Theres No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like Theres No Money
SongPunkBerri TxarrakFolklore
SongR&BBobby BookoutBroken Promises
SongRap/Hip-HopAnimate Objects feat. Maggie VagleJesse Jackson
SongSing Out For Social ActionTom NeilsonSolstice Morning
SongSong Used in Film/TV/Multimedia Tony ChenRighteous Marching
SongStory SongAlex BergerSnow Globe
SongWorld BeatTosi BrooksBeen So Long
SongWorld TraditionalVandana VishwasBadara Re
VideoMusic Video, Short FormYann PerreauL'amour se meurt
VideoMusic Video, Long Form - tieVarious ArtistsMusic of Central Asia Vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
VideoMusic Video, Long Form - tieVarious ArtistsMusic of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow
VideoMusic Video, Long Form - tieVarious ArtistsMusic of Central Asia Vol. 9: In the Footsteps of Babur
DesignAlbum ArtGeninne D. ZlatkisJubal's Kin - Jubal's Kin
DesignAlbum PackagingKeystone Designing Co.Xue-Shi You - The Steadfast Palm Grass
DesignArtist / Band Publicity PhotographyJohn MazlishRachael Sage - Delancey Street UK
DesignBand Venue PosterMatt SkoogThe Paper Shapes - Official Passion Pit Aftershow
DesignConcert PhotographyDoug SeymourHoots And Hellmouth - Live Photo
DesignMusic Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.)Dorotea & Madlenne KramerOld Wives' Tale - Official Site (band)
DesignSwag [Merch]Sonya Cohen Cramer (drawing by Woodie Guthrie)Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family - Go Waggaloo T-Shirt