The 20th Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards known as “The Indies” acknowledge, promote and honour the achievements of Canadian and International artists that embody the spirit of the independent music sector.

Nominees will be posted on the Indies website – www.indies.ca – with a photo, bio, audio and video link. The winners of The Indies are determined by a National Selection Jury comprised of professionals from the retail, recording, media, and live sectors.

To be considered for nomination for the 2021 Jim Beam® Indie Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of January 1st, 2019, and January 1st, 2021. (Due to the cancellation of last year’s awards, the eligibility window has been extended)

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Steps for Submission

  • Step 1: Login/Register
  • Step 2: Enter Artist/Band information from Artist/Band information. You can enter multiple artists/bands in applicable categories.
  • Step 3: Nominate your Artist(s)/Bands for the awards category(s) applicable from Nominate Your Artist/Band link
  • Step 4 Make a Payment: Once you are registered you can edit as much information as you like but payment must be received by the deadline of Feb 4th to be eligible.

Nomination Procedure

Note that only Artist/Group, Duos, or their representatives can submit nominations on their behalf. Applications to nominate artists or groups must be completed online using the Indies website no later than the posted deadline date in order to be eligible for consideration. Labels, managers, booking agents, and publishers representing multiple artists also have the option to submit online through the Indies website – www.indies.ca – All submissions must be received and paid for no later than midnight February 5th, 2021 in order to be eligible for consideration. 

Bands/Artists must register/login to submit to any INDIE category

To login/register and submit bands/artist for nomination to the 2021 Jim Beam® Indie Awards click here

Award Categories

  • AWARD 1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 2 SINGLE OF THE YEAR.
  • AWARD 3 GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 4 ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 5 SONG OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 6 INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 7 ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 8 FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 9 POP ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 10 HIP HOP/RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 11 ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 12 COUNTRY ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 13 VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The following categories are non-voting categories:

  • AWARD 14 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
  • AWARD 15 INDUSTRY BUILDER
  • AWARD 16 “INDIES HALL OF FAME” AWARD

Key submission dates and deadlines:

January 1st, 2021 – Submissions open
February 5th, 2021 – Midnight ET – Deadline for submissions

Please Note: Dates may be subject to change.