About our awards

There are three types of IMPALA Awards: the European Independent Album of the Year, the Annual Outstanding Contribution to European Independent Music and the European Sales Awards...


IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year

This award celebrates the rich musical talent and diversity demonstrated by independent European releases, and the winner is selected based on its exceptional quality. A shortlist is compiled based on a national and non-national album nomination from each European territory, from which a jury of IMPALA board members then select a winner.


LP5 by Apparat

Street Worms by Viagra Boys

In My Head by Gurr

Citizen of Glass by Agnes Obel

Vestiges & Claws by José González

Our Love by Caribou

Guadalupe Plata by Guadalupe Plata

Coexist by The xx

21 by Adele

Magic Chairs by Efterklang


IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award

This award recognises the unparalleled efforts of an individual or organisation, not necessarily from a label, to promote and develop European independent music and the diversity of the sector. Again, the winner is selected annually by a jury of IMPALA board members from a shortlist, compiled through nominations from European territories.


Music Declares Emergency

Markus Tobiassen and newspaper Dagens Næringsliv

Jonas Sjöström

Plus 1 - Refugees Welcome!

Eurosonic Noorderslag

Armada Music & Armin van Buuren

Charles Caldas

Martin Mills & Label Love

Mario Pacheco



The IMPALA Awards are the first sales awards which recognise that success on a pan-European basis needs to be acknowledged on different levels. They celebrate the fact that success begins well before sales reach 1 million (the only pan-European sales level officially recognised before IMPALA launched its own scheme). The IMPALA Awards are intended to provide a new tool for independent music companies and artists to promote themselves, both domestically and internationally. They also recognize new talent and cultural diversity, and the fact that in order to promote cultural diversity in a meaningful and practical way, success needs to be celebrated at a much earlier point in an artist’s career than when they reach 1 million sales.

Over 950 albums have now been registered for the IMPALA Sales Awards, representing more than 100 million units sold and €1.5bn in revenue.

Levels and Conditions

These awards are open, not only to Europe based independent record companies, but also to independent record companies situated outside Europe, providing the CD, track, single etc. has reached the number of shipments below in Europe. There is no release date restriction on the sales awards.

The Award categories are:

IMPALA Silver 20 000

IMPALA Double silver 40 000

IMPALA Gold 75 000

IMPALA Double Gold 150 000

IMPALA Diamond 200 000

IMPALA Platinum 400 000

IMPALA Double Platinum 800 000

All shipments, made at any time, to anywhere in Europe can be counted in the number of shipments claimed for an award providing they are included in the qualifying territories list. This can include home territory and/or any other European territories.


IMPALA compiles a list of releases for which an award is claimed via the IMPALA website. It is possible to certify shipments for an award and be included in this list (by submitting part A of the certification form). The list will be published every quarter and will also be posted on the IMPALA website. You may also go on to complete part B of the form to order the physical award to offer to your artist, the producer, etc.

Award orders

Award winners can order the IMPALA award. It is presented in a glass case containing the CD and cover, the IMPALA sales award stamp “in recognition of 'x' sales in Europe” and a personalised printed plaque with the title of the recording, the artist and the name of the record company releasing the record, plus the name of any intended recipient.

To see previews of each award, visit http://awardframers.com/impalaStd.htm

IMPORTANT: To mount the award the agent needs the corresponding number of copies of the actual CD and the released CD cover.


For prices, visit the award registration page. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail of the order, the inscription to be put on the personalised plaque and the amount of the invoice. Payment is to be made to the agent handling the orders on behalf of IMPALA. The agent will send the invoice together with the award(s) ordered. The agent will endeavour to deliver your order within two to three weeks.

Qualifying territories


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom


Iceland, Norway, Switzerland


Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine

To register, go to the Register/Order page

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