Hip Hop artists: Wanna get a feature on iHipHopMusic.com?

iHipHopMusic.com, in partnership with ReverbNation, is looking for the freshest artists out there to feature on their site!

As THE place for Hip Hop news, features and reviews, iHipHopMusic has been featured on BET.com, named one of the best websites on the net in 2010 by Infolinks, and currently holds the number one spot for Hip Hop music blog on both Google and Bing (they’ve held that last title for over four years). And now they’re offering hard-working urban artists a way up a chance to get some press on a totally legit blog. With over 38,000 visitors per day, iHipHopMusic represents an amazing opportunity for new ears to hear your tracks!

So yeah, if I were you, I’d stop reading and click here to submit your RPK to the Hip Hop Music promoters!

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Open for punk rock band The Offspring at House of Blues Cleveland!

The Offspring has sold over 36 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling punk rock acts of all time. Many of us (at least I do) remember listening to their hits “Pretty Fly for a White Guy,” “Self Esteem” and “All I Want” in the 90s (ahhh the 90s…) and wonder what the heck The Offspring guys are up to these days. Well, they actually just released their new album, Days Go By, yesterday and to kick off the U.S. tour, they’ll perform at House of Blues in Cleveland on July 17th.

And that’s where you, the artist, come in! The Offspring is looking for a rock band to open up their Cleveland show! Do you want to add “Opened for The Offspring” and “Performed at the House of Blues” to your gigging resume? This is your chance!

Click here for more info on how to get started with NO SUBMISSION FEE >>>

Remember this gem?

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ReverbNation Singer/Songwriter Named New Music Seminar ‘Artists On The Verge!’

At only 22, it might seem unusual that Texas-based ReverbNation artist Maren Morris is already a veteran performer. But when you understand that she’s been onstage since she was 12, it begins to make sense. And just last week those years of writing, performing and recording payed off big time when Maren was named “Artist On The Verge” by the esteemed New Music Seminar (NMS).

The AOV contest first identified 100 talented artists — 63 of which were Reverbers (listen to their tracks here). The field was narrowed to three finalists — Black Cobain, NINJASONIK, and Maren Morris — who then performed at Santos Party House on Monday, June 18 to an enthusiastic crowd of NMS attendees and guests.

Reverb team members where there as well and got to watch all three stellar performances, plus tape a quick interview with Maren, who turned out to be super sweet, smart and talented! We’ll post the full interview in a few days, but meanwhile, watch the NMS AOV winner announcement below.  Wonder why it took her a few seconds to get on stage? She was wrapped up backstage, having a brief hello with Wyclef Jean!

“I really was so moved by all the people involved with NMS. Winning ‘Artist on the Verge’ is truly a remarkable and humbling experience for me and my music career,” said Maren. “I’m still in shock!”

“The best part of NMS is giving away the ‘Artist on the Verge’ award,” said Dave Lory, NMS Executive Director and Producer. “Maren is an incredible songwriter and vocalist and we hope the prize package gives her career a well-deserved boost.”

Just before the announcement, Maren sat down and played one of the beautiful guitars on display in the Gibson Lounge. Have a listen to her impromptu mini-concert from upstairs at NYC’s Webster Hall.

 

 

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DJ on Main Stage at Electric Zoo Festival for over 85,000 Attendees

Concert-goers call Electric Zoo, a weekend-long EDM festival in NYC, “mind blowing,” “amazing,” “best life experience ever,” and “for anyone who is even remotely interested in electronic music, this is an experience.” Last year, acts like Armin van Buuren (pictured), Tiesto, David Guetta, and Rusko had 85,000 people going crazy for three straight days on the Main Stage. This year, YOU could be spinning on the same stage alongside today’s biggest electronic artists!

Click here for more info on how to get started with NO SUBMISSION FEE >>>

That’s right. We’re very excited to partner with Made Event, the guys behind the festival, in the search of one lucky DJ who will grace the Main Stage at this year’s festival and perform a one hour opening set. As if this wasn’t enough, travel, hotel, and meals/artist hospitality will be provided to the selected DJ. Your name will also appear on both the Electric Zoo website and set times schedule, alongside names such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Pretty Lights, Above & Beyond, Skrillex, and Diplo!

Watch this Electric Zoo 2011 recap video (quite possibly the best festival video I’ve ever seen):

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How to Better Engage Fans Using our Powerful New Feature ‘Questions’

“Whatever your business is, talk to your customers and
provide them with what they want”

– Robert Bowman, CEO Major League Baseball Advanced Media

For musicians, much the same as with any other business, success comes with knowing your customers or audience. That’s why we created Questions, a brand new feature that allows you to communicate with your fans directly and openly.

Questions is your personal fan forum and it’s FREE. It lets you engage fans of all levels, from those prospective early adopters, to casual listeners, to your core fanbase, to fellow musicians, to the VIPs who want nothing more than to plaster their walls with your posters and follow your every post on Facebook and Twitter. Your fans crave more than just your music; they want to know your history. Some may want to share their own experiences and find ways to relate to you and your music. Questions lets you open the window of communication and build fan relationships.

Josh Brown - Questions Page

A pinch of music, a shot of tour dates, stir in fan questions…

You might think of your profile page as a cocktail. Each ingredient works together harmoniously to build your story and satisfy your fans. Soliciting fan input makes your drink unique and gives your fans a personal stake in it. That’s what makes Questions really special — it is powered by your biggest asset, your fans!

Questions builds your mailing list

After a fan submits a question they are prompted  to join your mailing list. We did this to help grow your fan base with real, committed followers. Fans who ask questions are actively displaying their interest in you and your career. They’ve already raised their hand. These can be the most valuable fans and Questions is designed to help turn them into subscribers/customers. Every question asked is another opportunity to gain a new fan!

Why use Questions?

  • To make strong connections with your fans
  • To have a one-stop location for fan engagement
  • To create and tap into fan dialogue on Facebook and Twitter
  • To increase your fan mailing list — Questions is a powerful list building tool, especially for converting casual fans on Facebook and Twitter into customers you can contact directly.

How does it work? 

1. Invite fans to submit intriguing questions.
2. Post your answers for your entire fanbase.
3. Share your Q&A on Facebook and Twitter. It’s that easy.

*Reverb Tip*: Share each Q&A post 2-3x, at different times during the day, to ensure fans see them in their newsfeed. 

How do I get more questions from fans?

Simple. From the Questions module on your Reverb profile, click the “Share” link to invite Questions via Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can do the same thing from your Questions backpage by clicking the ‘Invite Fan Questions’ link.

We’ve highlighted these links in the screencaps below:

Mac Miller - Profile Page

Jana Mashonee

*Reverb Tip*: Invite Fan Questions at least once a week to keep your Q&A fresh and your fans coming back for more!

How do I get started?

This feature is turned on by default. View and manage your questions and answers from the My Home > Question tab in your artist Control Room. You can turn off this feature by unchecking the questions module in the ‘Customize’ section of your artist profile.

Invite questions on Facebook and Twitter to kick start your personal fan forum. Start using this FREE new feature today!

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On June 19th, party with us at the ReverbNation Showcase at #NMS2012 in New York!

We’re throwing a killer showcase in NYC this Tuesday (June 19th) and would like to invite you to come join us! On stage, we’ll have performances by ReverbNation artists The Dirty Pearls, Click Clack Boom, This Good Robot and Dana Alexandra! RSVP here to receive updates on the event.

So here are the details…
When: This Tuesday, June 19th. Doors open at 7pm
Where: Santos Party House in New York (View map)
How much: There’s no cover charge! Free. Nada. Zero dollars.
Why: The showcase is happening during New Music Seminar’s New York Music Festival, the meeting place for visionaries, upstarts, and disruptors — those who are building a new music industry. So we thought, what better way to spend one of NYC Music Festival nights than with amazing bands and industry people? Go to our Facebook event page for more info on the schedule and to continue to get updates on the event!

See who are the key players at New Music Seminar (hint: Pandora, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, major labels, just to name a few). Oh, and of course, some of us will be there as well, including our co-founders Mike Doernberg, Jed Carlson and Lou Plaiahttp://newmusicseminar.com/

 

SamOn June 19th, party with us at the ReverbNation Showcase at #NMS2012 in New York!
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Sync Licensing Successes: Maxim Photo Shoot, 21 Jump Street featurette, UFC 3, more

Influential music supervisors continue to enjoy and place music from the ReverbNation Music library into TV shows, promos, video games and more. This Maxim photo shoot of Siren Levin Rambin (Hunger Games) features the song “California” from LA’s Ivan Ives, a touring hip-hop lyricist who Rolling Stone, SPIN, URB and CMJ have all spotlighted in their competitive “Artists To Watch” editions. Ivan has earned over half a million YouTube hits of his videos since 2008 – independently. See how this bright talent weaves hook-and-verse seamlessly into musical symmetry in our featured video:


Ivan Ives – Maxim shoot for Siren Levin Rambin (of “Hunger Games”)

Congratulations to all of the following ReverbNation artists for their recent placements on:

TELEVISION

21 Jump Street Featurette Vandevander
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Gina Cutillo
Restaurant ImpossibleThe Karen Curious Band
Restaurant ImpossibleDouglas Cameron
Face OffGood Looking Animals
Lost GirlTori Sparks
Anthany Bourdain: No ReservationsMatt “Melodious” Coe

VIDEO GAMES

Saints Row 3Michael Holland, Jason Donnelly, The Collins Brothers Band, Wordsmith, Tone B!, Cirious and Deelux, Falling Blind
UFC 3 – World Vs Me, Wordsmith, Kidd Russell, Tone B!, Howee, High Tolerance, Wunda845, Cirious and Deelux, Mellow Dramatic

Sync Placements

How can I get involved with Sync Licensing?

ReverbNation and APM Music regularly invite new artists to participate in the Song Licensing Program. Invites are sent out to ReverbNation artists who are active users of the site, have complete profiles, and whose music fits what music supervisors are seeking. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/main/apm

 

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Bands: Target Ads at Fans Based on What They’re Listening to on Spotify, Rdio, Facebook & more

If your band sounds like The Flaming Lips, wouldn’t it be great if you could promote your music to people who are actually listening to The Flaming Lips on Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Deezer, or MySpace?

Now you can!

We’ve taken our Promote It Facebook advertising solution (which, by the way, has been used over 100,000 times by artists since it’s launch lasts August!) and amped it up a level. Now you can target your ads to the fans of artists with a similar sound…when those fans are actually listening to that similar artist (or at least soon after.)

Choosing similar Artists is the key!

When you set up a Promote It campaign, we ask you to name up to five ‘similar artists’ whose fans might be receptive to discovering your music.  We then use that info to not only target fans who have listed those similar artists as a ‘like or interest,’ but who have also recently listened to them on Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Deezer, or MySpace.

 

 

 

This is huge!  After all, the best time to tell someone “If you like Artist X, you might like Artist Y” is when that person is engaging with (or has recently engaged with) Artist X.

Now, to be clear, we’re not able to target the ads to show up only at the very instant that the fan is listening on one of those services (although that can happen).  We’re targeting fans who have listened  ‘recently’ as defined by Facebook.

Easy and “baked in”

This targeting tech has been ‘baked in’ to all of our existing Promote It campaigns, and ANY Artist can try it for as little as $25 per campaign (our minimum).  Artists don’t need to pay anything additional, or check any new boxes, this amped-up targetting comes standard.

How can you use it?

1. Promote a Song
The new targeting shows ads to people who have recently listened to a similar artist on one of the five sites mentioned above, driving them to a landing page where the fan can play a song by the new artist and download the song in exchange for a “like” and, potentially, a share and their email address.

2.  Promote a Facebook Page
Same as above, but a click sends people to a Facebook page of the Artist’s choosing — including your Band Profile page.

3.  Promote a Show
Same as above, but it targets only fans that live near the upcoming concert being promoted.  It directs them to a landing page that allows them to play music from all the Artists on the show bill and prompts the fan to RSVP and buy tickets (or get them for free if the Artist does a ticket give-away).

Bottom line? If you sound like Radiohead, now you can advertise to their fans when they’re still humming “Lotus Flower.” Think you’re the next Skrillex? Put your ad in front of his devotees right after they’ve blasted “Bangarang.”

Now you can reach new fans right when they’re primed, pumped and ready to discover their next favorite artist — YOU! 

Try PROMOTE IT today.

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