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Im­portant Awards 2023

Awards on important topics and aspects of the music industry such as gender equality, outstanding work of festival organizers, special independent projects and unique journalistic works - Congratulations to the winners! 


Keychange Inspiration Award 

The Keychange Inspiration Award honours and celebrates people who have made an extraordinary and pioneering contribution to music and are role models for the next generation and for the Keychange network of talented artists and industry professionals. As Keychange partner Reeperbahn Festival now selected this years national Inspiration Award winner. Congratulations to: Ebow! 

More Info: https://www.keychange.eu/award-winners-1 


HELGA! Festival Award 

The HELGA! Festival Award was presented in its 10th year to festival makers who not only achieved outstanding things with their work, but at the same time set important impulses for the entire festival industry and defied many hurdles of the cultural business. Congratulations to thursday’s winners of the Helga! Festival Awards: 

Open Flair - Best Festival 
Nürnberg Pop Festival – Finest Booking 
NØRDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival - Greenest Meadow 
Die andere Seite der Welt - Highest Hurdle Jump 
Pferdefestival - Widest Reach 
Umsonst & Draußen Festival Würzburg - Most Colorful Bag of Candies 



Seven artists, music entrepreneurs and projects were honored thursday evening with the VIA, the critics' award of the independent music industry. Moderated by Nina "Fiva" Sonnenberg, with portrait films of all nominees, a live act for the first time in the history of the award and a speech by VUT board chair Dr. Birte Wiemann, the independent industry celebrated for the eleventh time at Schmidts Tivoli in Hamburg. Congratulations to: 

  • Best Newcomer: Brutalismus 3000 
  • Best Act: CATT 
  • Best Album: CATT – "Change" 
  • Best Label: 365XX  
  • Best Label: Fun in the church 
  • Best Experiment: Senseable Art – "Sprich mit mir" 
  • Best New Music Business: Cyanite 
  • VIA Special Price: Friedel Muders 


IMJA – International Music Journalism Award 

For the 7th time, the International Music Journalism Award was presented again this year at the Schmidtchen. Every year, an expert jury honors outstanding individual works, but also particularly good continuous journalistic work that deals with popular music and its economic environment. Special attention is paid to the work of young music journalists. The winners of 2023 are: