Sunday, January 24, 2016

How to submit your music for the GIMA awards

My best friend Divya and me at the GIMA's in 2014
After I got nominated for the Global Indian Music Awards(GIMA) awards in 2014 (Best Music Debut & Best Pop Album I had a lot of indie musicians ask me how I submitted my music for GIMA, information about the deadlines etc.

I thought I'd write a blog post about the same so that more indie musicians can submit their music for consideration.

Read on..
 "Why should I submit to GIMA? I'm really about the music and not the awards"
Clinton Cerejo's band performing at the awards
The reason you should submit your best work for GIMA, irrespective of whether you win an award or not is because of the stellar jury that will listen to it. The Jury comprises of some of the stalwarts of the music industry including established music directors like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy & Leslie Lewis, classical musicians like Taufiq Quereshi, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt , Hariharan and lyricists Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi ( two of my favourites from the industry).  To some, the award is a validation of their work, to some it is not..but to all musicians , this is a great opportunity to get your music critiqued and more importantly heard by the best in the industry. You never know what opportunities might stem from there. Give it a shot I say!

Ranveer Singh hosting the awards
"But I thought GIMA was all about Bollywood music"
What a lot of indie musicians are not aware of is that the GIMA awards exist for both Film and Non-Film Categories of music. Sadly, due to the strong Bollywood influence in India, the non-film categories are not given as much importance on television as a result of which many people still assume that the GIMAs are about Bollywood. As an indie musician you can submit your music in the Non-film category for consideration.

What are the deadlines?
The deadlines to submit your music change every year so keep an eye open on the GIMA website for

What are the categories for indie musicians?
You can check out if you're eligible to submit your music for any of the categories below

What are the steps I need to take to submit my music to GIMA?
A star-studded night..the Indian equivalent of the Grammies
  • Log onto the GIMA website and click on the 'Apply Here' link on the homepage.
  • You will be prompted to register and enter your details. The userid and password will be sent to you on your e-mail id.
  • Login to the GIMA page with the username and the password received in your e-mail.
  • Select Non-Film music category and select the categories ( one or multiple) you would like to nominate yourself for.
  • Once you are satisfied with your entries, proceed to submit the form. A page will be displayed with the categories you have nominated yourself for alongwith the entry fee per category.This year the fee is Rs. 600/- per category for Non-film music.
  • On submittion of the online form, you will receive a confirmation email from GIMA with details of what needs to be submitted to them to confirm your entry. Here's a summary of what you need to put together for your entry:

    • Print out of the completed Declaration Form ( The link to the form will be sent to your e-mail ID) 
    • 2 CD's to be submitted per category ( Yes! You read that right). So 4 CD's in all if you submit for 2 categories, 6 CD's for 3 categories..etc
    • CDs/DVDs/Pendrive with video for Best Music Video Category – Non-Film
    • Entry Fees via DD/Cheque in favour of ‘Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.’ Or Entry Fees via NEFT( bank details are specified in e-mail)
    • In the case of digital releases, entrants must submit a proof of release - official letter stamped by the digital platform owner OR a print-out in case the release is on social media websites. Also, if you don't hold the IPR for your music you need to get an NOC  from the holders of the intellectual property rights of music.

Labelled CD's for submittion in 2 categories
Completed Declaration Form

You can either submit your entries in the Wizcraft office in Mumbai in Andheri personally or post them the material. You will receive a confirmation call from them once your entry has been validated successfully.
Nominations are announced in a month or so from submission and the awards are generally towards the beginning of the year. This year (2016) it will most likely be in March.

Now go submit your music... more power to you!:) All the best .

P.s. If you like this article I would really love for you to share it and subscribe to the blog for other informative posts. Lets all help and educate one another and build the indie scene in India together:)



  1. nice blog with awesome post

    For the Indian investor the fastest and most secure way to Permanent Residency in the United States (otherwise known as a “Green Card”) can be by investing in a project offered by an experienced Regional Center.

    EB-5 Visa Consultants in Delhi, USA Immigration Consultants in Mumbai, Law Firms in Gurgaon

  2. ***شرکت نوين گيت***

    با سالها سابقه در طراحي ،اجرا و خدمات سيستمهاي درب اتوماتيک و راهبند
    فروش،نصب و راه اندازي و خدمات انواع درب اتوماتيک (درب سکشنال - کرکره اتوماتيک - کرکره پنجره - درب ريلي اتوماتيک - جک پارکينگي - کرکره شفاف - رول گيتر - انواع راهبند و درب اتوماتيک شيشه اي... )
    خدمات 24 ساعته و شبانه روزي حتي در تعطيلات رسمي
    مشاوره رايگان در تمامي مراحل