November 14, 2017

Downtown To Be Honored at 2017 AIMP Indie Awards

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) is holding celebrations across its local chapters to recognize the accomplishments of movers and shakers in the indie music community. Downtown is privileged to announce that CEO Justin Kalifowitz will be presented with a 2017 AIMP Indie Award.

The AIMP was founded in Los Angeles in 1977 by a group of local music publishers, and have since spent the past 40 years informing rights holders on important issues and trends affecting the music publishing industry. It has since expanded nationwide with two additional chapters in New York and Nashville. Each chapter holds monthly meetings, forums, and workshops where members gather to exchange ideas and opinions to create a better future for all music publishers.

Taking place at The Princeton Club of New York on Dec 4, AIMP has announced that the New York event will feature “the presentation of 2017 New York Chapter Indie Awards to Representative Jerrold Nadler, a strong Congressional defender of music rights for both music publishers and record companies, and Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz, who has led Downtown to explosive worldwide growth, founded online administration platform Songtrust, and helped organize the inaugural New York Music Month this June via his advocacy coalition NY is Music.”

The event will also feature a special musical performance by Downtown writers James Petralli and Steve Terebecki of White Denim.

“As we re-define what it means to be an independent music publisher, the future of the industry depends upon advocates who champion our community. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the AIMP, we will present the 2017 NY Chapter Indie Award to two individuals whose leadership has created a positive impact not only in New York but across America and beyond. Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Justin Kalifowitz seek to resolve some of the most fundamental challenges faced by creators and rights holders today. The AIMP is proud to stand beside them in support of their efforts and advocacy for songwriters and music publishers.”

- AIMP New York Chapter Executive Director Alisa Coleman, COO of ABKCO Music, Inc.