Jackie VensonJackie Venson may be young, but she’s already got years of music experience behind her. The up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist started her musical career as a classically trained pianist, then moved onto guitar and songwriting. Venson’s soulful, bluesy sensibilities recently received some well-deserved attention. She won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase and earned a spot on the Belk Summer Tour.

Music journalist Schuyler Rooth asked Jackie a few questions about the experience of winning such an honorable performance opportunity. Fresh from the excitement of the Belk Summer Tour and from releasing her latest album, “The Light In Me,” Jackie expressed her gratitude about winning, her fans’ reactions, and the jumping off point this win has afforded her career.

So how has this experience with Belk affected your career?

Winning this opportunity has really flipped everything on its back. I’ve been exposed to different Artists’ careers and what different aspects of the music industry look and feel like. I’ve been able to add big names to my resume, which has landed me a ton of other opportunities. I have also partnered with Belk, and they continue to give me new opportunities. It has been life and career changing. [Read More...]

Miguel Dakota

This summer, Miguel Dakota was launched from his DIY roots in Colorado to the televisions of millions, eventually reaching the top ranks of America’s Got Talent. 

Guest author (and noted Los Angeles-based DJ) Jessica Gonyea spoke with him about everything from EDM and ReverbNation, to performing alongside Lenny Kravitz, and why you’ll never find him covering “Wonderwall” at a college party.

Miguel Dakota sounds surprisingly relaxed when he picks up his home phone in Monument, Colorado. After a whirlwind experience that found him in front of an audience of celebrities and squealing fans, the heartthrob of this season’s AGT is taking a breather and getting back to the reason we know him in the first place — his music.

ReverbNation: So, besides the press and exposure, how has AGT changed your life? How would you have approached your singing career without it, and what outlets and tools did you find most useful as a DIY Artist?

Miguel Dakota: It’s been amazing. Just to be able to perform on huge stages, with amazing Artists like Lenny Kravitz and make connections with a lot of people in the industry has been pretty incredible. I got the opportunity through ReverbNation; they have opportunities all the time where you can submit your profile and get played on certain stations or festivals. America’s Got Talent was one of those opportunities — it was to get a special call time in the open call. I sent my press kit in, they called me back a few weeks later. It was pretty crazy. [Read More...]

As an Artist, you’re probably relying on some form of social media to spread the word about your music. But today, it’s not enough to only update your fans with messages about your music. 

We sat down with social media marketing expert Jim Tobin, President of Ignite Social Media, to find out where musicians often fall short in their social media strategy, and to learn how they can start making improvements today.

Watch the full interview above and read some of the highlights below: [Read More...]

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Investigating the Role of an Artist Manager in 2014 with Martin Anderson

September 2, 2014

For an Artist, the process of crafting and perfecting their music can be a true labor of love. Add the complicated tasks of booking shows, handling (or finding) a record label, or creating a marketing plan, and the life of an Artist is a daunting one indeed. Fortunately, there are those brave souls who are [...]

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Announcing the #1TakeCovers Results

August 20, 2014

ReverbNation, in partnership with We Are The Hits, launched the #1TakeCovers video competition in early July to give our Artist community a chance to put their unique spin on a popular song. Artists were asked to choose from a list of 20 pre-approved songs and film their interpretation of the song in one continuous take. [...]

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Email Marketing for Musicians: It Starts With Knowing Your Audience

August 19, 2014

In our post The Biggest Misconception Musicians Have About Email Marketing, we offered tips on how Artists can start an email marketing strategy. We continued the conversation with Ferol Vernon, SVP of Artist Services at ReverbNation, to learn more about how musicians can get the most value out of emailing fans. Experiment to Find Out What [...]

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For beginners, the studio can seem like a mystery zone, a place where MP3 files are distilled from an unknown alloy of instruments, cables, and knobs. Even for experienced musicians, there is an emotional element to the process that can complicate things. Long hours, attention to the smallest details, and constant repetition can swing them [...]

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July Breaking! Musicians Keeping a Beat through ReverbNation Opportunities

July 30, 2014

Every month, ReverbNation artists submit for the opportunity to headline festivals, get featured in magazines & blogs, or receive airplay on some of the best radio stations across the country. Here are some of the highlights from this month’s selections. Increase your chances of being one of them and submit to an opportunity now. The Quixote [...]

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