This is the first time that fans and Grammy voters will have one place to listen to Grammy nominees from independent labels. The Online Listening Station allows voters to easily review independent nominees while also providing music fans the opportunity to find out about Grammy-nominated music that may have not made their radar yet.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2007
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has partnered with Txttunes.com to create an online platform for A2IM's independent label members to feature 2008 Grammy® Nominees from the independent music sector. Throughout the Grammy voting period, fans and Grammy voters can access songs, album artwork, and liner notes at http://www.txttunes.com/a2im. Labels have already begun uploading content to Txttunes, where the A2IM Grammy Nominee Online Listening Station will remain live until The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2008, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
A2IM President Richard Bengloff stated, "The partnership with Txttunes provides independent labels and their nominated artists enhanced visibility during the Grammy-voting period. This year, twenty-seven (27) A2IM members representing thirty-five (35) labels have received seventy-four (74) nominations in forty-nine (49) Grammy categories. We are proud of the independent artists from various genres who have received nominations this year and A2IM applauds Txttunes' continued support of the independent music community."
Terence Dover, SVP at Txttunes, stated, "This is the first time that fans and Grammy voters will have one place to listen to Grammy nominees from independent labels. The Online Listening Station allows voters to easily review independent nominees while also providing music fans the opportunity to find out about Grammy-nominated music that may have not made their radar yet."
Matt Coleman, CEO of Txttunes, stated, "We look forward to developing our relationship with A2IM members and offering them a range of unique wireless tools, which will allow their fans to purchase songs easily via a widget, as well as the ability to enhance artist/fan communication with our text community and wireless fan club."
A2IM serves the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry's market share in the US. The organization represents the Independents' interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New York City. The organization's board of directors is comprised of the following: Concord Music Group President Glen Barros; The Beggars Group CEO Lesley Bleakley; Alligator Records President Bruce Iglauer; Roadrunner Records Executive Vice President Douglas Keogh; Bar/None owner Glenn Morrow; Lookout Records co-owner Molly Neuman; Tommy Boy Records Entertainment founder and CEO Tom Silverman; Amaechi Uzoigwe A2IM Board Chair and co-founder Definitive Jux.
For more information, visit http://www.A2IM.com
About Txttunes Inc:
Txttunes offers computer users the ability to purchase digital music through our unique cell phone payment platform. Txttunes allows independent artists and labels a unique opportunity to publish their music online and have direct contact with fans through a wireless community. As avid supporters of the independent music community, Txttunes' wireless platform now connects 200,000,000 cell phones with music from over 15,000 labels representing 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.txttunes.com.
For further information please contact:
(425) 283 9844 / matt @ txttunes.com
A2IM Media Contact:
Sunshine, Sachs & Associates
212-691-2800 / shipp @sunshinesachs.com
A2IM Organization Contact:
Rich Bengloff, A2IM President 646-432-5923 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Mahoney, A2IM Membership Director 646-432-5924 / jim.mahoney @ a2im.org