She & Him, Black Keys, Aimee Mann, Fall Out Boy, More to Judge Independent Music Awards

We all know that submitting work for review can be nerve-wracking. But when the people judging the work are some of the best in the field, well, that's a whole different story. Such is the case at the Independent Music Awards, a contest for songwriter hopefuls.

Names of some judges for the contest's ninth year were just released, and it's a pretty intimidating bunch. Leading the group are Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward of She & Him fame. Other panelists include Aimee Mann, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Judy Collins and Butch Walker. There's a solid representation from the pop set, too. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz are signed up to judge. Even a couple Hanson brothers are joining in.

Almost as intimidating as the judges is the prize that's at stake: a year of promotion and distribution and a chance to play at the next CMJ showcase.

If you're up for the challenge, you have until Aug. 21 to send in your submissions.

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