Aux: Open Music

The Aux Awards returns for 2023

A celebration of all things independent music, giving recognition to the creators and music and technology brands who have been making waves over the past 12 months.

London, 21st February 2023 Aux (, the streamlined remote-collaboration app that allows remote working musicians to backup, share, and version Ableton Live and Logic Pro projects, is thrilled to announce the return of the Aux Awards. The Awards is a celebration of all things independent music, giving recognition to the creators and music and technology brands who have been making waves over the past 12 months. Voting is now open until 3rd March at and the winners will be announced on 20th March on the Aux YouTube channel.

Across 9 categories, the shortlist has been thoughtfully selected by the visionary team at Aux – led by founder, tech entrepreneur Ben Bowler – together with reputable industry partners: MusicAlly, Lady of The House and DataTransmission. And anyone can vote in the Awards be they fans or industry alike.

With over 70 nominees lining up as potential award recipients, some of the shortlist includes: Angel Lee and Future Alters who are up for Best Independent Artist / Group; HEIGHTS and Rachel Jane who are contenders for Best Single; Collars and Bearcubs have been nominated for Best Album; AEI and Independent Music Week are finalists for the Best Music Business Award, and AudioShake and Staccato are in line for the Best New Music Tech accolade.

The inaugural Aux Awards took place in March 2022. Over 1,500 votes were cast by musicians and music fans globally, with thousands more tuning in to watch the live streamed ceremony with live performances from winners Emma Mae, CLOUD, alternative lyricist Anna Wolf, and shoegaze/alt-rock outfit Silktape, in celebration of the brightest and most innovative names in independent music.

Over the coming year, many more updates will appear on, which launched Version 1 of its desktop app in September 2022. As a recipient of a £50,000 Innovate UK Next Steps Grant, 2023 will see the integration of Aux’s pioneering AI technology that will ultimately help the next generation of music and content creators to make career-changing collaborator and industry connections right from within the app.

Get voting in the Aux Awards 2023 now:

Aux Awards 2023 Shortlist

Hot Tip – Best Independent Artist/Group
Angel Lee
Natty Lou
Future Alters
Steady Habits

On Repeat – Best Independent Single
Woodland by Meg Chandler
Alcatraz by Solar Eyes
If You Love Her by Tokyo Tea Room
Stories Of Strange Women by Scruffy Bear
Still Here by Rachel Jane
Metchu by HEIGHTS
Windy City by Natasha Kitty Katt
Meditation by Jamurai

Long Play – Best Independent Album
Polarchoral by Grice
Rolling With The Wind by Aspen Forest
Luna by Dust We Are
Kind Of Loud by Fuzekin
Daybreak at the Electric by Jet Vesper
Clyde by Collars
A Death At Sea by San Lorenz
Weather Report by Bearcubs

Sound and Vision – Best Independent Music Video
Foxtrot N by Harvey Causon
The Dream by Gold Panda
Kryptonite by Congratulations
I Don’t Think I’ll Go Out Today by Shelf Lives
Asking For It by M(h)aol
Waiting For The Sun by Belija Flo
The South by Harrison Rimmer
Headtop Buss From Luss / Mazzalean by Bawo

Game Changer – Most Innovative Artist
J. Graves
Sir Francis
All Day Breakfast Cafe
Funky Times

Top of the Feed – Best Content Creator
Grahame Farmer
Jeff Nang Music Production Tips
Sounds Like Emma
Tokota Music
Estelle Rubio
Josh Mason
Music Industry Mentor
LNA Does Audio Stuff

Daily Download – Best Music Podcast
Tape Notes
Mixing Music
The Art of Longevity
Switched On Pop
The Daydream Club
All Songs Considered
Riffs on Riffs

Breaking Barriers – Best Music Business
Riffs on Riffs
Lady Of The House
Independent Venue Week
Terrible Group
Key Production

Future Tech – Best New Music Tech

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