Congratulations to the 49 ReverbNation Artists recognized by this year’s GRAMMY Awards, with nominations in 29 different categories. From genres as diverse as Best New Age Album, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Recording Package, there are few areas where ReverbNation Artists were not recognized.

One Artist, Miami, Florida’s PALO! was nominated for the Best Latin Tropical Album, in addition to grabbing a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical Album of the Year. Keyboardist Steve Roitstein says that PALO!’s “Afro-Cuban Funk” was “never created to receive industry accolades, but the recognition from the Grammys is an amazing honor for us.”


Despite such a wide array of recent success, Roitstein is quick to note that “as an independent band, we have no financial backing. Any radio, TV, or media coverage comes from individuals who want to share our music and story with their audience.” Fortunately, “companies like ReverbNation make this communication much easier with time-saving and user-friendly tools.”

We’ve put together a playlist of a few of the nominees to demonstrate the range of music and the talent represented, so check that out and then tune-in to the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 8th.

You can view the full list of nominations here.



DURHAM, North Carolina – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and ReverbNation today announced a three-year agreement commencing with Summerfest 2015.  This strategic alliance makes ReverbNation the exclusive online submission platform for musical artists interested in performing at Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival.”

Started in 1968, Summerfest has joined together the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world. Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, over 800 acts give over 1,000 performances across the 11-day festival performing music spanning all genres, from alternative rock to country, R&B, Top 40, classic rock, reggae and everything in between.  Artists that would like the chance to perform at Summerfest can submit at now through March 31, 2015 for FREE.

“Summerfest is committed to providing opportunities for musicians from across the world to experience performing at ‘The World’s Largest Music Festival’,” said John Boler, Chief Marketing Officer, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “Our new relationship with ReverbNation will help further this effort and allow us to provide fans with the best and most diverse live music experiences possible.”

ReverbNation provides more than 3.8 million Artists with meaningful opportunities and promotional tools to achieve their career goals. This, combined with ReverbNation’s unique curation capabilities, provide the perfect solution for Summerfest’s goal to source the best new Artists and creative musical talent.

“It’s always been our mission at ReverbNation to provide Artists access to premier opportunities like Summerfest,” said Mike Doernberg, CEO of ReverbNation. “ReverbNation has long sought to remove application fees from the opportunity submission process. To achieve this goal, and in keeping with our Artists First mission, we worked with Summerfest to make free submissions a core component of our relationship.”

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The tastemakers at Music Connection recently released the results of their Hot 100 Unsigned Acts list, an annual tradition that compiles their favorite emerging Artists in the indie world. Curated by music journalists, talent buyers, A&R reps, music attorneys, and other industry specialists, the list has to come to represent a who’s-who of unsigned talent. This year, more than 50 ReverbNation Artists were included on the list, and we’ve got music from at least one Artist in every genre that made the cut here for your listening pleasure, as well as direct links to music from the other ReverbNation Artists.

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Press Release: ReverbNation Spins Out AdWerx as Standalone Entity

January 13, 2015

DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 13, 2015  – ReverbNation today announced a strategic spin-off of its online advertising services division into a standalone corporate entity, AdWerx, Inc. The newly separated company, focused on making digital advertising simple for small businesses, will continue its expansion into new industries that had been planned prior to the spin-off. ReverbNation co-founder and President, Jed [...]

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions: #ArtistsFirst

December 31, 2014

2015 is only hours away so we went around the office and asked a few employees about their Artists First resolutions. Of course, as a company we’re focused on helping to advance Artists’ careers. And we’ll have a lot to share on that in the coming months. But for now, take a look at what’s [...]

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Best of 2014 Staff Lists

December 17, 2014

Every year around the end of November, conversations start to percolate around the office: “Did you hear…?” “Did you see…?” So, the tradition continues of compiling our favorite albums, songs, moments, or whatever else we dug this year into a much-loved, much-debated list. We hope you enjoy ours, and please share your favorites of 2014 [...]

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Hard Rock Rising 2015 — The Global Battle of the Bands Returns to ReverbNation

December 15, 2014

Last year, over 9,000 Artists from 70 countries competed to perform in front of 40,000 fans in Rome, Italy. Seattle’s Joyfield ended up taking home the grand prize after being hand-selected from the final round of 25 global Artists. Hard Rock Rising 2014 was a huge event for Artists across the world, so we are excited [...]

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Digital Distribution Checklist: Getting Your Release Ready for iTunes, Spotify, and More

November 14, 2014

Getting your music onto services like iTunes and Spotify is essential to an independent Artist’s complete web presence. We’re proud to offer our Artists a quick and affordable method of digital distribution, and we want to help make sure that your release won’t get rejected by the retailers’ strict guidelines. With that in mind, we [...]

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Belk Southern Musician Showcase Winner Jackie Venson: Why The Summer Tour Was ‘Like a Fantasy’

October 22, 2014

Jackie 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 [...]

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