Published Jul 21, 2020As large gatherings continue to be restricted and in keeping the safety of participants, elders and staff in mind, APTN presents the Indigenous Music Awards Virtual Music & Arts Program in 2020.
Along with a ton of new programming, the organizations will be hosting online content through to October 30, including the IMA Legacy and performance series, the "Novice" music video competition, and "blast from the past," a video series that revisits the last 14 years of the IMA and numerous music industry panels.
"We have loved celebrating Indigenous, Metis and Inuit musicians and industry over the past 14 years and look forward to our virtual programming in 2020, and continuing the celebration and recognition in 2021," Lisa Meeches, executive director of the Manito Ahbee Festival, said in a statement.
The ongoing IMA Legacy series will highlight the accomplishments of Indigenous, Metis and Inuit (IMI) musicians and music industry stakeholders "who broke down doors and paved the way for today's up and coming IMI music community."
So far, the IMA Legacy series has already featured Robbie Robertson, Red Bull, Sugluk and Mildred Bailey as part of the series.
The new "Novice" music video competition – sponsored by Exclaim! — will also be introduced, followed by the performance series – sponsored by SiriusXM and launching September 16 — that will feature pre-recorded performances from 20 Indigenous, Metis and Inuit artists, and will be streamed online through IMA social platforms. That will be followed by IMA's "blast from the past," and music industry panels this October.
For programming information, visit the Indigenous Music Awards' website to learn more.