Press Release 2020 Global Independent Music Awards

IMA 2020
IMA 2020 nominee for ‘Homesick’


Rebecca Hurn is among The Year’s Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in
The 18th Annual Independent Music Awards 2020

Rebecca Hurn, Lucinda Williams, Steven Van Zandt, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, Heilung, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Sawyer Fredericks, Jake La Botz, Wouter Kellerman, Guy Scheiman, The Dollyrots and STORRY, are among The 18th IMA Nominees

New York, NY April 9, 2020 — Rebecca Hurn an unsigned independent singer songwriter from Porthcawl, South Wales, UK joins Lucinda Williams, Steven Van Zandt, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, STORRY, Sawyer Fredericks, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Chiara Izzi, Jake La Botz, Wouter Kellerman, Guy Scheiman, The Dollyrots and Sekou Andrews as a Nominee in The 18th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs), the influential program for independent artists and releases from around the globe.

This year’s Nominees were culled from thousands of Album, EP, Song, Producer, Music Video and Visual Design submissions from 73 countries on 6 continents.

Rebecca is the first UK independent artist to be nominated in consecutive years for the same category for her original songs. After being judged as the award winner in the same category in 2019 for her song ‘Waves’ Rebecca understands the impact the awards have outside of her home nation in Wales UK. The only previous UK winner in this category was Passenger in 2013 with his song ‘Let Her Go’.

Recognized for her original song ‘Homesick’ in the song category for Singer songwriter, Rebecca is among the 400 artists nominated in The 18th IMAs by fans and industry, in more than 100 AlbumSongEPMusic ProducerMusic Video and Design categories. View all 18th IMA Nominees here.

The Wicked Cool label (USA) leads this year’s nominations with recognition across 19 music and video categories, while its label head, Steven Van Zandt earned a Producer nomination for the album Richard and The Young Lions: Volume 2.

Other notable mentions include multiple honors for France-based metal label Season of Mist with 13 nominations. Canadian artist STORRY earned a total of 4 nominations for her debut record, Ch III: The Come Up which she wrote, funded and produced herself.

The winning projects will be selected by influential judging panels including: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Robert Smith, Ziggy Marley, KT Tunstall, Dee Snider, Drowning Pool, Roberta Flack, Jaci Velasquez, Coolio, Joshua Bell, Beth Gibbons, Joe Satriani and nearly 100 more creatives, top recording artists and industry influencers determining this year’s winners.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 18th annual Independent Music Awards ceremony originally scheduled for June in New York City will proceed as an online showcase for this year’s top-ranked artists and music projects on Tuesday 28th April 2020 . 
View a complete list of 18th IMA Nominees and Judges at

Artistry.  Diversity.  Excellence.

Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards, produced by Music Resource Group, recognizes exceptional work by indie creatives from around the globe. The planet’s most diverse music awards honor artistry and daring rather than streams and social reach – and celebrates everything that makes indie music authentic and unique.

Program honorees are established artists and rising stars: including: Killer Mike, Melissa Auf der Maur, Valerie June, Macy Gray, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Flying Lotus, Lacuna Coil, Passenger, fun., JD McPherson, Team Me, Radio Radio, …And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Meghan Trainor, Lionel Loueke, Girl in a Coma, Apples in stereo, Masta Ace, Le Boeuf Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Juliana Hatfield and many, many more.

More about The IMAs:


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August 2019 Rebecca had the news from PRS Foundation that she had been selected to be one of the ReBalance artists for their ground breaking initiative.

ReBalance supports both artists and up and coming female engineers in a 3 year programme which offers valuable studio time and industry support.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the talent pipeline and progression routes for female artists and engineers.

Artists and engineers were nominated by industry experts (labels, managers, streaming services, publishers, promoters, agents, journalists, etc.) then invited by Festival Republic and PRS Foundation to nominate their choices.

A selection panel then shortlisted and selected the successful artists and engineers from this nominated shortlist.

ReBalance Artists

In January 2020 at Old Chapel Studios Leeds Rebecca met and teamed with Palm Bay Music Music Producer and Sound Engineer Rhiannon Mair and set to work on and record ‘Love like This’ and other demo’s of Rebecca’s original songs including ‘Constellations’.

After the weeks residency – relax

As a result of the collaboration between Rebecca and ReBalance Rebecca later learned that she had been selected to perform at the iconic Isle of Wight Festival #IOW2020 thanks to Live Nation / Festival Republic

Isle of Wight Festival 2020

Rebecca will be performing her original music at the iconic Isle of Wight Festival #IOW2020 Friday 12th June 2020


It’s widely known that The Isle of Wight Festival is the first major festival in the UK summer calendar every year. But the Festival’s heritage reaches back over an extraordinary 51 years, is incredibly rich and varied and some facts are better known than others.

Here, we share some of our favourites with you…

The Isle of Wight Festival began with a series of Festivals between 1968 and 1970, widely acknowledged as Europe’s equivalent of Woodstock.

In 1970, a line up over 5 days included (amongst others) Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Supertramp, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Chicago, Procol Harum and played to over 600,000 people.

There was no Isle of Wight Festival between 1970 and 2002 – when John Giddings, an established music promoter, seized the opportunity to re-launch it. John still curates every part of the Festival we enjoy today.

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Since 2002, The Isle of Wight Festival stages have hosted The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Muse, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, The Strokes, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Blondie and Biffy Clyro.

#IOW2020 Full Line up

Real music is our heritage and one we’re constantly building on. Like life, music constantly evolves and changes, and so do we. We’re a Festival for real music lovers of all ages and that’s why this year you’ll find and teen tickets and family-friendly areas as well as a raft of accommodation options for the non-campers and VIP services for those who want to do a Festival, but not in the traditional way.

Press Release ‘Waves’ – Global Award

Rebecca Hurn 


July 20th 2019

UK singer songwriter Rebecca Hurn Is Among The Year’s Most Exceptional Artists & Releases 
Honored in New York City at The Global 17th Annual Independent Music Awards


IMA Awards 22nd June NYC

Singer Songwriter Rebecca Hurn received top honors in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song category for her original song ‘Waves’ at The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential program for independent artists and releases across the world. 

What makes this International award most noteworthy for Rebecca are factors outside the submitted work that are not considered (social media following, plays/spins/views, past accomplishments, charting history, gig history, etc.)

Emphasis may vary from category to category, but submissions are consequently based on elements such as vocal performance, musicianship, lyrics, structure, arrangement, production, originality, etc.

In todays digital age algorithms play no part, judges actually listen to the music, vocals and lyrics rather than look at the numbers.

(For the number crunchers Rebecca consequently received the award for her song ‘Waves’ from others in her category who had hundreds of thousands of followers with one fellow nominee on Spotify with just under 1.7 million monthly listeners.)


Rebecca is an independent 24-year-old singer songwriter from Porthcawl, South Wales performing mainly in the United Kingdom and recently four extended visits to New York, USA to write and perform her own original music.

Rebecca achieved other noteworthy critical acclaim with younger work, where her debut EP ‘Lions’ September 2015 reaching number 5 in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts. Her previous singles ‘Homesick’ and Brooklyn have both reached the UK Singer-Songwriter Top 40. 

Awards for original song writing include best original song for ‘Lifeline’

This song also gained Best ‘Single/EP’ of the year  Cardiff Music Awards 2017.

Cardiff Music Awards 2018: Best solo artist.

EP Waves’ – released April 2018 –‘Waves’ was selected as song of the week for the BBC Wales ‘A-List’ and stayed there for several weeks, as well as gaining radio play across the entire nation. Waves’ EP debuted in the Top 20 singer-songwriter album charts and also reached the Top 50 as a single release too. 

‘Waves’ single was one of six nominations from 1000’s of submissions from across the globe which was up for consideration at the Independent Music Awards singer/songwriter category New York 22ndJune 2019. 

Global submissions

Rebecca was honoured at the annual awards ceremony held in New York City on Saturday, June 22nd alongside projects by Beyond Creation, Broken Rail, Ella Vos, Erik Scott, Juliana Hatfield, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mamita Peyote, Masta Ace and Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Ne Obliviscaris, Nina Attal, Pedro Luìs, Prateek Kuhad and Rogério Caetano, among many others.

The winning submissions were selected by judging panels comprised of top recording talent including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith, Nicole Atkins, Todd Rundgren, Martha Wash and Jim Brickman, among many others; and certainly influential press, managers and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Ten nominated bands performed at the award show: Ale JiménezAlicia Michilli, Bombay Rickey, Between Giants, Claudia Acuña, Low Lily, Mark Erelli, Nsimbi, Shadow of Whales and Shon Weathers performed between award presentations in 104 music, video and visual design categories.  Bombay Rickey, Between Giants, Low Lily, Mark Erelli, Nsimbi and Shadow of Whales were also among this year’s Winners.

A limited edition red vinyl record inscribed with artists and project names, were presented by current judges and past recipients who included: åMBe, Roman Miroshenko, Fiona Bloom, Fiona Joy, Jackknife Stiletto, Jan Bell, Jana Fisher, Jim Brickman Jeff Oster, Lucy Kalantari and Martha Wash.

The award show was the climax of The IMAs Indie Konference, a two-day convention of independent creatives and influencers from around the globe.

As Rebecca herself posted on the day of release for Waves:-

I wrote a song. I don’t know how far this post can reach, but I hope that it reaches enough people to make them realise that you are worth more than what you’re made to believe.’ 

Then in May 2019 a tweet to Rebecca from Dawn Butler Member of Parliament & Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equality:-

‘I couldn’t wait to get home to listen to it so googled it on the train….it is beautiful. Telling your story of domestic abuse in song is so powerful and moving’.


Now in its 18th year, the Independent Music Awards produced by Music Resource Group elevate the year’s most exceptional music projects. This includes self-released and indie label talent from around the world – in all styles and mediums. Known for championing artists who follow their muse, the prestigious award honors artists and artistry, rather than streaming stats or social reach, in more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Music Video, Producer and Visual Design categories.

Program winners and nominees are an eclectic mix of extraordinary artists and includes: Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, J.D. McPherson, Meghan Trainor, Nik West, Passenger, Macy Gray, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, RuPaul, John McEuen, Sofia Rei, Jamie Lidell, Flying Lotus, and fun.among many, many more.

Winning projects are selected by panels of iconic Artists which have included Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, M’shell Ndegeocello, Norah Jones, Chris Thile, Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega, Snoop Dogg, Melissa Etheridge, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osborne, among many others; and programmers, talent buyers, music supervisors and other influencers worldwide.

Rebecca Hurn 2019 Singer Songwriter category ‘Waves’


Independent Music Awards 2019 – Press release

Rebecca Hurn 17th IMA nominee

June 20th 2019

Rebecca Hurn Is Among the Year’s Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in 
The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

April 10, 2019 singer songwriter Rebecca Hurn based out of Porthcawl, South Wales, United Kingdom was named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) in the Folk Singer / songwriter category for her song ‘WAVES’

Rebecca is only the 2nd artist/band from Wales to be nominated in this category the first being Martyn Joseph in 2012 for ‘There’s Always Maybe’

The influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Innovative self-released and indie label projects – in all styles and mediums were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 103 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Videoand Designcategories that were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide.

Nominated along with Rebecca is an eclectic mix of work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe. More than 400 artists will be honored at The 17th IMA ceremony on June 22 in New York City including: Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Prateek Kuhad, Foreigner, Juliana Hatfield, The Motels, Mark Erelli, Ella Vos, Maria Muldaur, QUOR, Pedro Luís, Bleu, Nsimbi, Marta Gómez, Firkin, Bombay Ricky, Jackknife Stiletto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, David Chesky, and Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats.

Click here for a full list of the 17th IMA Nominees

The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith,Gloria Gaynor, Boyce Avenue, Martha Wash, Ben Lovett and Todd Rundgren, among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.

17th IMA WINNERS ANNOUNCED at Symphony Space Performing Arts Center, New York City, USA.
The year’s best self-released and indie label projects will be announced June 22nd from the Symphony Space stage during The IMAs Indie Konference in New York City. Now in its third year, the annual conference for Artists, Artivists and Artistpreneurs draws hundreds of top-ranked creatives from around the globe for awards, performances, workshops and networking events. Honors will be presented in between performances by nominated artists. 

IMA winners will be promoted to nearly one billion music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at:

Artistry. Diversity. Excellence.
Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards – produced by Music Resource Group – honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. 

Program winners and nominees are extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. Previous honorees include Passenger,Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, RuPaul, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl in a Coma, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, Nik West, The Mud Howlers, The Apples in stereo, fun., and JD McPherson among many others.

Submissions for The 18th annual Independent Music Awards will be open in the summer of 2019. Details available at

17th Global Independent Music Awards New York City

Indpendent Music Awards 2019

Rebecca has been nominated in the 2019 Independent Music Awards in the Folk Singer Songwriter Category for her song ‘Waves’

The 17th awards are being presented to the recipients at the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center 2537 Broadway at 95thStreet New York

Earning an Independent Music Award is more than just a badge of distinction.

The IMAs – the awards program for independent bands, fans and brands – connects independent artists with new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The IMAs leverages its unrivalled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to place winners & nominees in front of 50 million music fans, programmers, talent buyers, film, TV & gaming music supervisors, retailers, media outlets and licensing opportunities.

Now in its 17th year, The IMAs honour the most exceptional music, video, concert photography and designs by established and emerging talent. And connects them to a wider audience.

Iconic Artists, Music Fans, Programmers, Press, Music Supervisors & Talent Buyers throughout the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim choose the year’s best self-released & indie label projects

Rebecca is one of six globally nominated artists in this category – the only other artist from Wales to be previously recognised in Rebecca’s category is Martyn Joseph. So Rebecca is in great company. Previous recipients in this category include Passenger.

Rebecca will be walking the red carpet at about the same time Adam Walton will be presenting his Adam Walton Show on BBC Radio Wales Saturday night. Around about midnight. Adam was the first presenter to air ‘Waves’ on his radio show in 24thMarch 2018 saying:-

‘There’s a real emotional undertone there as well but clearly clearly beautiful and Rebecca Hurns voice is,I think, one of our national treasures as it were – and a new one- because normally national treasures status is bestowed on something that’s like ancient, but Rebecca Hurns voice has got something truly special – you know- about it’

Judges this year include:-

Tom Waits

Lee Ann Womack

Robert Smith

Todd Rundgren

Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons)

David Rosenthal (Musical director for Billy Joel)

Trist Curless (Manhattan Transfer)

Gloria Gaynor