2019 CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala Nominations Now Open!

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December 10, 2018
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CIMA’s Celebration and Awards Gala is our annual party to give props to those who innovatively create, support and strengthen Canada’s independent music industry! In 2019, we’re ready to honour the next set of passionate pros, pulling from all branches and levels of the biz.

This is your chance to nominate yourselves, your mentors, peers, employees and partners for the Entrepreneur Award, Brian Chater Industry Award, Unsung Hero Award, Builder Award, and Marketing Award categories. 

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2019

To submit nominations for the Entrepreneur Award, Brian Chater Industry Award, Unsung Hero Award, and Builder Award go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019cimagala

To submit nominations for the Marketing Award, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019cimagalamarketing

Please submit up to three names for consideration, along with around 100-300 words per nominee, explaining why you believe each individual has notably contributed to Canada's independent music community. This part is extremely important and valuable, as it gives our jurors the perspective they need on selecting this year’s award recipients.   

For the Brian Chater Industry Award, Entrepreneur Award and Marketing Award, all nominees must be the owners, managers and/or staff of CIMA member companies in good standing.   

Stay tuned for more announcements, including date and venue. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Ferries: sarah@cimamusic.ca.



The Entrepreneur Award celebrates fearless vanguards and trendsetters who spearhead and drive successful businesses, emerging or established, with an ethical approach and a true indie spirit. Focusing on the contribution(s) of a dynamic and creative leader, the Entrepreneur Award is given to those who combine a passion for music with business savvy to turn their visions into a reality. Entrepreneur Award nominees are the dynamic and creative business owners, who: 

  • Are the risk-takers and shape-shifters who lead the way into the next era of the music industry;
  • Have demonstrated growth and success in their company;
  • Combines a passion for music with business savvy to turn their visions into a reality;
  • Compounds professionalism with an out-of-the -box managing style 


Named after CIMA’s former president (then CIRPA), a tireless champion of Canadian music, Independents and copyright reform, the Brian Chater Industry Award recognizes individuals in our independent music industry who demonstrate a transformative commitment to their craft, their company or organization, or to the industry at large. Nominees for this award can be a manager or employee who demonstrates strong leadership through such efforts as: 

  • Demonstrating innovative approaches that have redefined best practices within the company or industry;
  • Establishing or inspiring vibrant and sustainable models across any area of the independent music industry;
  • Showing outstanding creativity when confronted with challenges or a need for evolution;
  • Sharing their infectious passion for their craft;
  • Challenging and successfully changing the status quo;
  • Encouraging personal and professional development in others, and is a strong member of the team.


The Unsung Hero Award recognizes unwavering commitment and outstanding support to the Canadian independent music industry. This award is designed to recognize any individual, group, or organization that may not necessarily be on the industry’s ‘awards radar’ but yet has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the independent music community in Canada.  


The Builder Award is designed to spotlight outstanding individual(s) (or organizations) who have made a significant, influential and longstanding contribution to the Canadian Independent Music Industry. This award is given to those trailblazers who have earned the industry’s genuine gratitude and respect for paving the way for today’s music professionals to thrive, shaping our love for music while helping to define the Canadian music industry. 


Innovation knows no bounds in the digital era, and creative approaches to promotional campaigns, be they viral, experiential or lifestyle-focused, make for an exciting landscape in which to launch new projects. Whether for music releases, tour announcements, fan engagement initiatives, cutting-edge activations or anything in between, Canada's independent community knows how to turn heads and command attention for its artists, whether budgets and teams are large or small. This award acknowledges the marketing power, creativity and inventive fire of our indies. Companies and individuals who delivered exceptionally successful and unique marketing campaigns in support of independent Canadian music are invited to submit nominations for consideration.

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