Music may be your main focus, but if we’re talking social media, graphics, photos and videos are grabbing fans’ attention first — whether they’re at their computer watching YouTube or checking Instagram on their phones. So, to get your 2015 social posts off to a solid start, we’re sharing this helpful infographic.

Check back here for more tips on maximizing fan engagement in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, get cropping!

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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.”

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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.

 

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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 www.ReverbNation.com 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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