Are Your Remix Skills Ready for Slip-N-Slide?

Want a consult with legendary hip hop label, Slip-N-Slide Records? How about a featured spot on their homepage? Who wouldn’t?!

Here’s your chance! Remix “GONE” from up-and-coming Slip-N-Slide artist, Mike Bless and you’ll not only get to challenge your skills, you’ll also gain exposure to one of the greatest urban labels around. And if you win, you get that consult with Slip-N-Slide A&R and a homepage feature! Click here for more info.

Check out Mike Bless and the original “GONE” video. Bless admits that his approach to music isn’t typical R&B, calling his style “smooth, feel good with an edge.” Critics call it rhythm and gangsta. We call it a great remix opportunity for you. Take a look at the official video, listen and if you like what you hear, download the stems and get started. Click here for details. Oh and yeah — submission is free!

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Bands Say Facebook ‘Likes’ Worth ~3X More Than Twitter, 11X More Than Google+

We’ve all done it – compared our number of Facebook “Likes” with others, or bragged about how many twitter followers or email subscribers we have. Everyone wants to see how they measure up and social connections seem to make it easy. But here at Reverb, we started to wonder which social connection meant the most to artists. Friends, fans, followers?  So, in conjunction with Digital Music News we developed a survey and sent it out to over 2000 Reverb artists. The results are pretty clear.
So now we know what…but we’re still wondering why? Why, for example, do artists value a Facebook like (a fan they ‘rent’ from Facebook) more than a mailing list subscriber (a fan they ‘own’)?  And what makes a Facebook “like” three times more valuable than someone who follows you on Twitter?  We have our own theories, but want to hear from you.
Leave a comment below and tell us why you think artists have ranked these social connections the way they have.
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Dear Santa…Gift Ideas for Musicians from Guitar Shop TV

Just in time for the holidays, our friends at Guitar Shop TV have gathered awesome gift ideas perfect for the musician in your life…or maybe for you! Take a look at this guest blog post and then maybe listen to their cool Christmas playlists.  And, take a moment and let us know what’s on your wish list this year… Santa may be watching!

We at Guitar Shop TV have issued our Holiday Gift Episode and along with it, a robust gift guide, full of recommendations from musicians and manufacturers alike, to help you give and get the most for your money this Holiday season.

We also have a Holiday Wish List from Chip Johnson of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers with more on the way from Robbers on High Street, New Cassettes, The Stone Foxes, and an entire section dedicated to DJs featuring tips from the Scratch DJ Academy.

And you can take a listen to a couple of featured holiday playlists, including “A Very ’80s Christmas” and  12 Rocking Christmas Carols,” featuring classics from Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Scott Weiland, The Ramones and many more!

Don’t forget that Guitar Shop TV hosts an Artist Showcase Competition every month through ReverbNation.

Check out the profile on November Showcase Winners WD-Han here. December finalists are being featured through the end of the year and you can submit for the January showcase here.

Have a happy holiday!

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New Tool for Facebook Gets More Fans to Your Next Concert

Are you a musician? A promoter? A venue operator?  Then you get it.  You work hard to put together an amazing show, but then comes the real challenge — promotion.  How do you get fans to actually get off the couch and go?  How do you compete with a world of distractions — computers and TVs, video games and sporting events?

The answer is PROMOTE IT for Shows — a revolutionary new tool that helps artists, promoters and music venues pack the house. How does it work? Simple. It goes where your fans are right now. It goes on Facebook where they’re chatting with friends and making plans. It puts your show in front of the most likely fans and encourages them to like it, RSVP, share it, buy tickets, and invite their friends to come along.

If you’ve used PROMOTE IT for Songs or Pages in the past, you know how simple we made building targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns. And now we’ve taken everything we’ve learned from doing that nearly 50,000 times and created a version for your shows.

PROMOTE IT for Shows campaigns take only minutes to set up, reach all the right local people and get those people to respond and invite friends to buy tickets and come along. The system “learns” whats most effective from previous campaigns and applies to shows and venues of all sizes.

But does it work? Yes! say the many top venues that have been trying it for the past month, including The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, Brooklyn Bowl and Knitting Factory in NY.

“Once we set up the ads, we saw ticket sales start to go up,” said Tonya Cooke, Social Media Manager at The Roxy in a recent LA Times article.

PROMOTE IT for Shows goes beyond traditional event advertising, creating new relationships between the artist, the venue and local music fans by driving ‘likes’ and encouraging subscribers to join mailing lists. The system even has an optional incentive element that artists, promoters and venues can activate to offer free tickets for early responders.

Want to check it out? Here’s a few screen shots from a recent venue campaign. Or, if you’re ready to explore it right now, click here.

Take a look at these results — way beyond typical impressions and clicks!

Here's a look at a typical landing page — auto-generated and completely customized.

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Perform Next to Cee Lo Green, Boyz II Men, Ne-Yo…New Year’s Eve!

Got plans for New Year’s Eve? If no, listen up. If yes, you’re going to want to change them!

If you hadn’t heard, we’ve got the scoop on an amazing opportunity to play at the same event as Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, Boyz II Men, Pete Wentz, Jermaine Dupri and others on the sands of South Beach in Miami — but you have to jump on it. Submissions for Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival close this Thursday.

The A-list Lineup

The three-day festival offers locals and tourists the unique opportunity to be part of the largest New Year’s beach festival in the world. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend in all. And each night 30,000 of them will fill a state-of-the-art amphitheater constructed on the sand.

It costs you nothing to enter. All you have to do is go here, submit your RPK (if you don’t have one yet, it’s very easy to get it!) and hope they fall in love with your music. But remember, you have to do it fast because the submission deadline is just around the corner — December 15th.

For more details on the Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival opportunity click here.

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Snowsports Soundtrack: Play a Mountain Top Resort Near You

Ready for a high-altitude, amped up opportunity to find new fans and mingle with competitive skiers and snowboarders? Check out the Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam. Now in its fifth year, this nationally touring, grassroots snow sport competition couples live music, art, fashion, technology and culture every Saturday throughout the winter months at some of the most desirable mountains in the States.

Audiences are big and they’re stoked to find new music from indie artists. The center of attention? A 20’x20′ on-snow stage showcasing the bands that power the enthusiasm of the rail jam competition and intermissions — how cool is that?!

The added extra? Every stage is sponsored by Amped-4-A-Cure, a non-profit that is supporting cancer research through music and you could be there to help spread the Amped message.

Eight mountains, eight Saturdays, take your pick and submit today. Click on the opportunity (or opportunities!) that you want to play.

Sunday River, ME, 12/31/11

Mountain Creek, NJ, 1/7/12

Seven Springs, PA, 1/14/12

Echo Mountain, CO, 1/28/12

Bogus Basin, ID, 2/4/12

Mountain High, CA, 2/11/12

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboarding, NV 2/18/12

Mt. Hood Meadows, OR, 2/25/12

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