About Radio City Freedom Awards

A first-of-its kind, Radio City Freedom Awards (RCFA) is the most definitive platform to recognize, honor and celebrate the essence of independent music across genres and languages. In addition to celebrating talents across all genres of Independent music—including Hip-Hop, Rap, Folk Fusion, Pop, Rock, Metal and Electronica —RCFA will also promote fresh talent and encourage the diverse music genres across the globe.

An open competition that is not restricted to any specific language or region, RCFA is a pioneering effort to applaud the independent artists, who have pushed the boundaries to create unimagined musical breakthroughs in the Indian subcontinent and the diaspora.

After a through screening by the interim jury, the short-listed, music-genre based nominations (Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist, Best Folk Fusion Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Rock Artist, Best Metal Artist, Best Electronica Artist) will be pitted against each other in two categories—Judges' Choice Awards and People's Choice Awards.

This year’s edition will also feature three new categories – Best Young Indie Artist/Band, Best Indie Collaboration of the Year and Indie Genius – Person of the Year. While the Best Young Indie Artist/Band will be decided by public votes, the other two categories will be Judges’ Choice Awards. The Judge's Choice Awards will be determined by our esteemed jury members, and the voting process will determine the winners in the People's Choice Awards categories.

There is no Popular Awards announced in the non-music category (Best Video, Best Album Art). Winners will be announced on March 22, 2017 during the Radio City Freedom Awards finale. Online voting closes 15th March 2017.

About Radio City 91.1FM

Radio City, a part of Music Broadcast Limited (MBL) is a subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan Ltd. Radio City is the first and oldest private FM radio broadcaster in India with over 15 years of expertise in the radio industry. Amongst the private radio stations, Radio City has consistently been the number one radio station in terms of average listenership share in Bengaluru and Mumbai with 24.1% and 17.2% respectively (Source: RAM Data: All SEC 12+, % Share, Week 01 2013 to Week 37 2016; Bengaluru and Mumbai) and reaches out to over 49.60 million listeners in 23 cities covered by AZ Research.

Radio City a part of Music Broadcast Limited (MBL) has introduced humour on radio with Babber Sher, launched agony aunt solving love problems with Love Guru, and also launched singing reality show in India with Radio City Super Singer to recognize the independent singers & musicians. Radio City a part of Music Broadcast Limited (MBL)has initiated Radio City Freedom Awards and also operates a web radio on Planetradiocity.com which has 40 stations as of date. Radio City 91.1 FM has been able to strike the right chord with the listeners making it a pioneer in radio in India. Innovative programming and marketing initiatives have helped Radio City pioneer FM in India.

Music Broadcast Limited currently has 39 stations, including 11 newly acquired stations in Phase III auctions. Radio City in its third phase expands to Kanpur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Patiala, Patna, Jamshedpur, Nasik, Kolhapur and Madurai.

Radio City boasts of many achievements including RJ of the Year & several other awards conferred upon by the India Radio Forum (IRF) & E4M Golden Mikes to name a few.

Radio City 91.1 FM believes that a strong workplace culture is based on trusting relationships with the employees & the stake holders. In 2015, the ‘Great Place To Work’ survey had facilitated Radio City 91.1 FM with five prestigious titles viz. India’s Best Company to work For 2015 % Rank 18; Rank 1 in Media; Best Companies for Fairness in Performance Management System % Rank 1; Best Companies in Hiring & Welcoming % Rank 2; Best Companies for Employee Participation and Involvement % Rank 3.

We have created engaging sub% brands like Radio City Super Singer, Radio City Freedom Awards, Radio City Gully Premier League, Radio City Musical-e-Azam & Radio City Blue Carpet..

Radio City believes in the philosophy of ‘Listener First’ and has structured its content basis what the listeners want, whether it is the songs that are played or the jock talk on air. For Radio City, the listeners’ preference and choice has always been the primary driver. This has paid rich dividends across markets propelling Radio City to being a music destination for 15 years. The station thrives on an inherent programming philosophy of connecting with cityzens emotionally to make a difference in their lives.

About PlanetRadiocity.com

Launched in August 2008, PlanetRadiocity.com is India's Music Portal. The first web radio station Radio City Fun Ka Antenna was launched in March 2010. Our web radio stations offer 24 hours of uninterrupted streaming internet radio and Live RJ hosted shows. Apart from Radio City Fun Ka Antenna, PlanetRadiocity.com has 40 other web radio streams. The website also features, news, videos, access to Radio City RJs, Shows, Radio City properties and exclusive scoops on celebrities at Radio City reaching out to 12.2 Million as of 30th September 2016.

In June 2013, Radio City launched a, ‘PlanetRadiocity’ mobile app that plays Radio City Freedom, Radio City Smaran, Radio City Malayalam, Radio City Metal, Radio City Wellness & Radio City Electronica. The app archives all the popular PPFs of Radio City like the hilarious Babber Sher which has a nationwide fan following. City centric features like the famous ‘Punch Patela’ (Bangalore) and ‘Hunter’ (Ahmedabad) can also be enjoyed through the app. Rare and exclusive videos of star visits to the Radio City studios along with Bollywood news, are added attractions.

Award Timelines

The Awards will follow the following timelines:

Process Date
Call for entry 4th Feb 2017 – 5th Mar 2017
Shortlisting of entries 6th Mar 2017 – 8th Mar 2017
Public voting for popular awards 9th Mar 2017 – 15th Mar 2017
Date of Awards 22nd Mar 2017
  • Efforts will be made to follow the above timelines. However, in the event of circumstances beyond the control of Awards Management, these timelines may need to be altered.
  • Awards Management and its sub-contractors cannot and shall not be held accountable / liable for any disruptions / stoppages / interruptions or cancellation of the Awards or its ceremony on account of any factors beyond its control.
Rules & Regulations
  • Applicant - Any independent artiste or independent music label that sends in an application to participate in the Awards as per these rules
  • Awards - Radio City Freedom Awards, 2016
  • Awards Management - Personnel from Music Broadcast Limited (MBL) or appointed / engaged by, MBL who are responsible for the conduct of the awards
  • Screening and final Jury - Group of persons selected by Awards Management to determine the Nominees and winner
  • KPMG - KPMG in India: Process Advisors & Evaluators for these Awards, as amended from time to time
  • Independent Artiste - Music created and owned by artists independent of records labels
  • Nominee - Any organization short-listed to be evaluated by the Final Jury
  • Owner of the Awards - Music Broadcast Limited
  • Rules and Regulations - These rules and regulations governing the Awards