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The Canadian Independent Music Association Chooses Bennett Custom Awards

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) commissioned Bennett Awards to create a new custom award design for their 2015 Awards Gala. This was CIMA’s inaugural awards presentation, and was created as part of CIMA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Custom recognition awards were presented in four different categories:

  • The Founders Award spotlights outstanding individuals (or organizations) who have made a significant, influential and longstanding contribution to the Canadian independent music industry.
  • The Brian Chater Leadership Award goes to individual(s) in the music field who demonstrate success through a culture of innovation, market knowledge and artist development, while demonstrating exceptional vision and true industry leadership.
  • The Entrepreneur Award celebrates the risk takers, trendsetters and those who drive successful businesses with an ethical approach and a true indie spirit! Focusing on the contribution(s) of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, the Award recipient(s) is driven by their love and passion for music but with the business chops to turn their vision into a reality!
  • The Unsung Hero Award will recognize an unwavering commitment and outstanding support to the Canadian independent music industry. The Award is intended to recognize any individual, group or organization that may not necessarily be on the industry’s ‘awards radar’ but has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the independent music community in Canada.

For these recognition awards, Bennett Awards created a new custom award design based on a 6” round medallion. The medallions were cast in pewter, and incorporated both embossed and engraved images and text – including CIMA logo and logotype - sculpted directly in the medallions. The medallions were mounted on round marble bases with silver-fill engraving indicating the award category and recipient.

These recognition awards were presented to recipients at CIMA’s 2015 Awards Gala and 40th Anniversary Celebration, held June 15, 2015, at The Great Hall in Toronto.

Celebrating its 40th year in 2015, CIMA is the not­for­profit national trade association representing the English­language, Canadian­owned sector of the music industry, and is the first organization of its kind in
the world. CIMA represents a diverse membership consisting of Canadian­owned companies and their ambassadors, all of whom are involved in every aspect of the music, sound recording and music­related industries. They are exclusively small businesses which include: record producers, record labels, recording studios, managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artists and other professionals involved in the sound recording industry. CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that serve to support a strong and economically stable Canadian independent music and sound recording industry, ensuring the long­term development of the sector and to raise the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and around the world. More information on CIMA can be found at