5 wishes on every musician’s list this holiday season

And just like that, the holidays are upon us!

With more than a few members of the ‘Nation finding themselves behind on their holiday shopping this year, we decided to lend our readers a hand with their wintertime rush by creating this list. For rankings, we polled trusted music authorities like this year’s high school talent show finalists and the host of the Bollywood Bonanza on the local college radio station.

Use it to build your own wish list, or share it with family, friends and fans to inspire gift ideas and spread the word about what you want this year!  Happy holidays, and good hunting:

5.  More Exposure – You’d think this wish is a no-brainer, but according to our data exposure barely beat the Amp Capo (honorable mention) out for the #5 spot on our list.  Perhaps it’s so obvious that it was taken for granted, but when we tallied the final results, exposure was cemented as one of those classic gifts that keeps giving.

4.  More Fans – Musicians across the board wanted more fans, citing the rush of hearing huge crowds singing their songs back to them and more money at the door as lead contributing factors.  Fans may not be this year’s Tickle-Me Elmo, but just like presents and pumpkin pie, they’re sure to satisfy just about anyone this time of year.

3.  Vantare Platinum Plus Tour Bus – Just like the pony you asked for every year as a child, the world’s most expensive tour bus really puts the ‘wish’ in this year’s wish list.  Blowing up the blogosphere with its Inca marble, antique bronze, and pearlized Italian leather interior, this $2.5M tour bus will ensure you never want to stop touring.  We hope you’ve been real good boys and girls this year…

2.  Buzz – Elusive and mysterious, few musicians are able to obtain this heady mix of recognition & momentum.  Buzz has the power to supercharge an artist’s career, but is difficult to create and even harder to maintain.  Given its promotional power and its rarity, it’s no surprise buzz ranked near the top of our list, bested only by the most overwhelmingly cited wish…

1.  ReverbNation Gift Cards – This year’s winner beat the competition handily for the #1 spot, and it’s easy to see why.  A Promote It Gift Card from ReverbNation allows musicians to promote their music on top websites like MTV, Facebook & Pandora, driving exposure where people go to discover new music.  Not only does Promote It help musicians get new fans from around the world, but sustained promotion builds buzz previously out of the reach of all but the most successful artists.  ReverbNation’s Promote It Gift Cards start at just $10  and give artists everything they’re wishing for this holiday season!  Except for the tour bus; but with promotion like this, 2013 just might be the year they can finally afford one.

Lucky for you, you can get this holiday season’s #1 gift for musicians right here! Whether you’re a fan or a musician, giving or receiving a gift card is simple:

If you’re a musician, log into your ReverbNation profile page and click the gift card ad in the right column.

You’ll be taken to your custom gift card purchase page. Simply copy the URL from your browser’s address bar and email the link to anyone buying you a gift this year.

If you’re a fan, find your favorite band’s ReverbNation profile page by entering their name in the search bar at the top of ReverbNation.com or navigating to their page directly. Click on the gift card ad in the right column to navigate to that artist’s custom gift card purchase page. There, just complete the form to customize your gift and schedule delivery.

This holiday season, treat a musician (or yourself!) to a gift that’s sure to please with Promote It Gift Cards from ReverbNation!

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November’s Breaking Artists: Kudos to these ReverbNation opportunity winners!

Breaking: Artists in the Spotlight

Wondering who submits to all those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? And what happens after submissions close? Our monthly Breaking Artists newsletter, along with this nice, shiny blog post, breaks it down and shows you some of the opportunity winners.

Take a look and a listen, show your support for your fellow musicians and send them kudos in the comments.

Breaking Artists are selected by Reverb staff from opportunity winners. Increase your chances of being one of them by submitting to opportunities here >>

Touring on next year’s Uproar Festival…

CSPS

Alternative rock band The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show.

Richmond-based band The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show won the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. The win earned the rock group $10,000 in music gear and the opportunity to record an EP with producer Jay Baumgardner, who has worked on albums by bands including Papa Roach, Godsmack, and Three Day’s Grace. Best of all, CSPS secured a spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival! Check out an interview with the band here.

“It’s hard to say what the most exciting part is about all of this. Getting the VA tour date was huge, we were really honored and humbled to have gotten picked out of so many great bands to be a part of the festival experience. We can’t really put into words how awesome it was getting that phone call to win the entire grand prize and get a spot on the entire 2013 tour. I think we’re all still in a surreal mindset. The whole thing has been a learning and growing opportunity for us as a band, so we’re taking it slow and soaking up all of the knowledge we can gain moving forward.

-The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

Rocking out at Austin’s OUTlander Fall Festival…

The Awkward Robot

Indie band The Awkward Robot at the OUTlander Fall Festival.

Austin’s own The Awkward Robot played the OUTlander Fall Festival for Austin’s Pride Week. The heat did nothing to slow them down as they played a kick-ass, albeit a bit sweaty, show.

“The OUTlander festival was a hot, sweaty, super fun day. We had to stare at the sun, and it was blazing hot, but it didn’t matter. We still had a great time, and we got to watch our friends play as well (Honey Son, Glow in the Sun, and Immigrant Punk). (…) We like to promote a free and fun loving vibe, and the OUTlander Festival seemed like the perfect vehicle for it.”

-The Awkward Robot

Played the Port Charlotte Family Fall Festival…

Macy Kate

Macy Kate at the Port Charlotte Family Fall Festival.

14-year-old vocalist Macy Kate performed at the Port Charlotte Family Fall Festival in Florida with her band, Currentz. Macy Kate gained the confidence to seriously pursue her music after being narrowly eliminated on XFactor, Season 2.

“I have been knocked down many times, and I just pick myself up, brush myself off and keep trying to get my message out there, through my music. I want to inspire teen girls to never give up on their dreams no matter what! (…) The Port Charlotte Music Festival was one of my first submissions, and I was so crazy happy to be the youngest performer chosen. It was a total honor to play at the music festival with my band Currentz. It was a great set and a great experience. I will always thank ReverbNation for that opportunity!

-Macy Kate

Performed at the San Diego Music Thing…

Shake Before Us

San Diego-based Shake Before Us.

The rock band Shake Before Us won a spot at the San Diego Music Thing 2012. The two-day festival featured 150 bands across 14 venues. Shake Before Us plays a unique brand of garage rock, prominently featuring instruments like the harmonica and the theremin.

Played NordAmerica: Northern Nights in NYC…

Lion in the Mane

New York-based Lion in the Mane.

Pop rock band Lion in the Mane played a set at NordAmerica: Northern Nights in NYC. The band represented New York at the festival, which showcased bands from Nordic countries.

“It felt great to get chosen.  And it was certainly a great opportunity to play for them.  We met a lot of great bands and a lot of people who really cared about the music scene. (…) There was somewhat of a snow storm that happened the same night.  But, with the amount of people that showed up, you would’ve thought it was a beautiful night outside.

-Lion in the Mane

More Winners: Pat Kelley, DJ ROU-DEE, The Brian Bateman Blend, and Xero Gravity!

Pat Kelley

Pat Kelley at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally 2012.
“After almost having a blow out on I-35, we only drove 55 mph for 1/4 of the trip to avoid blowing the bad tire. (…) We finally pulled up to the stage while the band before us was in the middle of their last song and my drummer, Kyle, was calling me, freaking out, shouting, “DUDE, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS!?” So, after that near heart attack, the set felt like a walk in the park. And we DID kick ass! The band after us had this look on their faces like they were wishing they had not even shown up! Great experience! Kick-ass show! Good times!”
-Pat Kelley

DJ ROU-DEE

DJ ROU-DEE opened for Big Gigantic at Yoderfest.
“This was the first time ever submitting an electronic press kit for an opportunity through ReverbNation, but I thought I would give it a shot because there was no harm in at least trying. A few weeks later I received an email saying I had been picked to be the opener! I couldn’t even believe what I was looking at, I just kept reading those words in that email over and over again. (…) Last year Big Gigantic played a show in Raleigh at the same venue and I thought I was just lucky enough just to see them play live, as well as meet Dominic and Jeremy and talk to them for a brief moment, mostly simply thanking them for making incredible music and putting on amazing shows throughout the world. I was not DJing at that time. Now, a little over one year later, I was DJing on the same stage that Big Gigantic was about to play on, getting the crowd hyped for what was a packed house and just an insanely fun concert all around.”
-DJ ROU-DEE

The Brian Bateman Blend

The Brian Bateman Blend performed at the Boise Soul Food Extravaganza.
“I have always considered myself to be a ‘soul’ artist. So, maybe what you hear are touches of Alt Country, Blues, Rockabilly, Folk… but what I really do is tell stories directly from my soul. When I was selected, it was an amazing feeling. I knew it was something that I was meant to do, and spent the next few weeks putting a set together that would represent the best of what I do live. When it was all said and done, we had the place on their feet wanting more. The organizers loved the show and have expressed wanting The Brian Bateman Blend back in 2013. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. Thank You ReverbNation!”
-Brian Bateman

Xero Gravity

Xero Gravity played McCarren Park Williamsburg for Summerscreen.

Congrats to all of November’s “Breaking” Artists!

Don’t want to miss out on the next opportunity?

There are four ways you can use to stay up-to-date on the latest gigs (we recommend using all of them to ensure nothing gets missed!):

  • Follow our updates on Twitter (@Gigs and @ReverbNation) and Facebook
  • Check the email updates we send you
  • Check the latest Opportunities on this page
  • Go to your Control Room on your Reverb page > click “Opportunities”

So, where’s your next gig?

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3 things musicians can learn from brands about Customer Relationship Management

This guest post from Mark Knight explores ‘Customer Relationship Management’ (CRM) to show how the principles can help independent artists promote their music more effectively. As founder of Right Chord Music, a management and consultancy business, Mark calls upon his 12 years of experience working as a music marketing consultant to brands like Coca-Cola, Nokia & T-Mobile, plus his seven years as an artist manager for independent artists.

In the business world, a whole industry has been established around ‘customer relationship management’ or CRM. Fancy acronym, but what’s it really mean and how does it apply to you and your music career? In basic terms, CRM is a plan to understand and manage a brand’s relationship with customers. Using technology, this can get pretty complex, but really CRM efforts all stem from three goals:

  • Identify, attract and win new customers
  • Retain existing customers
  • Re-invigorate relationships with former customers

It doesn’t take a genius to realise there are clear parallels between the value of CRM for a brand or business and CRM for a band or artist. In order to have a successful music career (“business”) you need to have fans (“customers”). And those fans won’t come unless you work hard for it. Below are some details on just what I mean, but first I want you to keep in mind two widely accepted business principles:

  1. Pareto’s 80:20 rule suggests 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers.
  2. Winning new business from existing customers is cheaper than winning new business from new customers.

Okay, that said, here is how a musician or a band can apply the 3 CRM goals to their music career to develop better relationships with their fans:

1.  Identify, attract and win new fans and supporters

Most independent artists don’t have money to spend on ‘push’ advertising or PR to reach a mass audience. Your best chance of success lies in ‘pull’ marketing where you supply your fans with compelling content and they promote you to their networks. Your ultimate audience is not your ‘Friends;’ it’s the ‘Friends of your friends.’ If you can burst out of your network into each of theirs, your potential audience will suddenly rocket. So encourage and incentivise them to share your posts. Reverb Tip: Online tools like Band Profile on Facebook and Promote It have built-in abilities for social expansion.

Remember the second principle: It’s cheaper to win new business from existing customers, than win new business from new customers. So use your existing ‘Friends’ as advocates.

2.  Successfully retain existing fans and supporters

On social media: Sometimes it’s important to remind yourself why you are growing a fanbase on Facebook or Twitter. Many bands seem to spend all their waking hours collecting new ‘Likes’ and ‘Followers’ but never interact with any of them.

Facebook uses a system called Edgerank to prioritise the news in your feed. If you don’t interact with you fans you’ll become invisible very quickly. So when a new ‘Like’ or ‘Follower’ arrives, you have work to do. This is important: social media quantity should always go hand in hand with quality. Without engagement those ‘Likes’ quickly become meaningless.

With mailing lists: Mailing lists are another key tool for retaining fans, but only if you use them in a smart way. Lazy mail-outs containing a summary of old news are pointless. Set rules for your mail-outs: “I will only ever contact fans when I can reward them, or offer them something exclusive.” “I will never just repeat news I’ve posted on Facebook.” Reverb Tip: The tool FanReach has made it very easy for emerging artists to grow their fanbase through newsletters. Check it out >>

Always be critical of the communication you send. If it doesn’t genuinely interest or excite you, why would anyone else care? You don’t build relationships by spamming people.

Finally, don’t forget to ‘Surprise’ & ‘Delight’ your fans; it’s a proven brand tactic to retain interest. How about you surprise the next three fans that contact you on Twitter with a free t-shirt or free remix?

Also, you should be able to personally name your biggest fans. Who are the people that engage with you the most on Facebook? Who are the people that come to all of your shows? Who buys your music? By identifying these advocates you can start to create tailored rewards to encourage continued support. You could offer exclusive previews for a select group of top fans.

3.  Reinvigorate relationships with former fans and supporters

Make full use of the analytics provided to you by Facebook and YouTube. If you don’t already know, take time to find out (learn more about Facebook Insights and YouTube Analytics):

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Do like Capt. Picard: engage.

Find out which 10 Facebook posts had:

  • The greatest ‘Reach’ in the past three months
  • The most ‘Engaged Users’
  • Were the ‘Most talked about’
  • The highest levels of ‘Virality’

What are your most engaging (based on % of video watched) videos on YouTube?

Next, note down the commonalities to identify what an engaging post looks like. E.g.,

  • Posted on a Monday morning
  • Personal, warm friendly style
  • Contain a question
  • Include a good quality photo
  • Contains a video

Once you understand the rules of engagement you can repeat the trick, and hopefully win back some of the people who have switched off in response to your less engaging posts.

Bonus tip: Get organised.

Create a basic Excel database, to collect and manage your relationships. Start with a separate tab for:

  • Artists
  • Blogs
  • Labels
  • Promoters
  • Publishers
  • Radio stations

Then whenever you come across a new contact, add their key details: Name, Company, Job Title, Email, Phone.

These 3 additional details take this from being a flat database into an active, useful CRM tool:

  • When: Date last contacted
  • Why: Reason for last contact
  • What: Outcome of last contact

Keeping a track of when, why and what ensures you can tailor your response and follow up in the most appropriate way, only sharing information which is relevant to them.

Don’t be afraid to follow up. If someone really has no interest they will tell you so. Don’t assume a non-reply is a no; it is often just a sign they are busy or disorganized. As a blogger I welcome reminders “Have you had a chance to check out our track yet?” Often a reminder will be enough to guarantee you a review (if the music is great).

A little thought and planning can really help improve the effectiveness of your fan communication, so don’t be in a rush to promote until you are ready. How about you? Have you tried any of these goals before? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below.

Mark Knight can be reached at his Twitter account @RightChordMusic.

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Opportunities on Tap: America’s Got Talent auditions

It’s Tuesday and the opportunities are rolling in!

We are bringing you a full list of auditions cities for America’s Got Talent because we want to put you at the front of the line.

America’s Got Talent, NBC’s top-rated summer series, returns this summer with the hottest performers from across the country ready to compete in the blockbuster reality show. The senior producers of America’s Got Talent will select at least five ReverbNation artists per city for fast-track passes to audition, allowing them to avoid long audition lines.

With the talent search open to acts of all ages, “America’s Got Talent” has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture while showcasing performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists. All are vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America’s hearts – and the $1 million prize.  Submit to the city nearest you, but hurry auditions start November 29th in Seattle! >

Seattle

Portland

2012 host Nick Cannon and judges, Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel

New Orleans

Birmingham

Memphis

Nashville

Savannah

Raleigh

Norfolk

San Antonio

Chicago

Columbus

Who’s dominated passed seasons? West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. beat out thousands of acts, to take home the coveted $1 million grand prize last season. He has since signed with Columbia/SYCO records and released his first album, “That’s Life,” this past November. Murphy Jr. is currently touring in select U.S. cities.

Mississippi-born soul singer Michael Grimm was recently crowned the winner of the fifth season’s competition. The win moved the humble soul singer to tears as he took home the show’s $1 million prize. Grimm, who promised to build his grandparents a house when he won “America’s Got Talent,” fulfilled that promise in mid-March, when Thomas and Laurie Butters moved into their new home in Mississippi. The couple, who raised Grimm and his sister, had lost their Hancock County home to Hurricane Katrina. He has also just signed a record deal with Epic records. Season 5 also brought national attention to then-10-year-old classical singer Jackie Evancho, who has gone on to release several best-selling albums.

Season 4 winner Kevin Skinner released his debut album, “Long Ride,” in 2010. One of that season’s finalists, Recycled Percussion, are currently headlining their own show at the Tropicana Las Vegas Theater.

Season 2 winner Terry Fator – a ventriloquist from Dallas, Texas – achieved his lifelong dream when he was crowned the second season champion. After the win, he went on to sign a five-year, $100-million-dollar deal to headline at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Don’t want to miss out on upcoming opportunities?

Here are four ways you can stay up-to-date on our latest gigs. We recommend using all of them to ensure nothing gets missed! Stalk us, we don’t mind. >

  • Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook
  • Check the email updates we send you
  • Check the latest Opportunities on this page
  • Go to your Control Room on your Reverb page > click “Opportunities”
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Crowdfunding campaign fail? 5 key tips to get the money flowing fast

This guest post is written by Jo-Ná A. Williams, Esq., a former vocalist and songwriter and a solo practitioner with her own firm in New York, J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm.

You’ve finally decided to finish your album. Congratulations! This is a monumental step in your career. Only problem, you’ve got more creativity than money. Solution? Crowdfund your music! Sites like Kickstarter, PledgeMusic and IndieGoGo are popular amongst musicians.

So then you make a video, come up with prizes, send it out and sit anxiously at the computer waiting for donations from your fans to pour in. Problem is, they don’t. Day after day, you promote on your social media and even send a few messages to your email list (since they haven’t heard from you in a while, they are sure to support, right?), but nothing. What happened? Why didn’t your fans help you out? Why didn’t yours make it when you’ve heard people making thousands of dollars in their campaigns? Truth be told, it takes time and dedication, but more importantly, strategic planning. To get you started, here are 5 key tips to get the money flowing in your crowdfunding campaign:

1. Build a dedicated fanbase beforehand

I want you to be real with me: every time you speak to your fans via social media or your newsletter, is your dialogue consistently, “Retweet this,” “Buy this,” “Come to my show,” “Support me here,”? Me, me, me.

Think about it, are you motivated to support anyone that constantly talks this way? No one likes a selfish person.

However, if you’ve built an awesome, nurturing relationship with your fans even when you don’t have something to promote, they will be thrilled to support you when you do. The key ingredient to a successful crowdfunding campaign is having a dedicated crop of fans that will truly promote anything you’re doing — we’ve seen that happen in Amanda Palmer’s and Murder By Death’s projects. But if you think you can start building your mailing list the day before you launch your project, you’re wrong.

You need to build your list months or even YEARS before your campaign can really take off! With a dedicated fanbase, you can create a buzz about your upcoming project and have a better chance of making it go viral. It’s what you would do before releasing an album, isn’t it? 

Tip: Your email sign-up should be front and center on your website, “above the fold”  — meaning, at the top of the site so someone doesn’t have to scroll down to see it. Add your website and sign-up links to all social media and make sure you always have your mailing-list at every show. Reverb Tip: Place your customized fan collector widgets on your site and blog.

2. Explain with your heart

This is your life, your art, your passion, your everything! Do your fans know this? Have you explained how much this means to you and the greater mission you have for your music? Do people know what your message is behind this new material?

People are more motivated to support causes that have a greater mission. It’s important to connect with your fans because they will get behind your project when they see the REAL you.

Tip: Listen to your music and start to ask yourself why. Why do I want this? What does this music mean to me? Why do people need to hear this music? What is my message? Connect to your passion and others will do the same. Bonus Tip: Explain this point in a stellar high-quality video.

Amanda Palmer reached 1,192% of her Kickstarter campaign goal earlier this year. In her video she said that this project is proof that “major-label refugees” can go outside of the label system to fund their work.

3. Arm your tribe

Did you make it easy for your backers to share your campaign? Did you compose easy social media posts for them or provide shortened links to your campaign?

Your fans get a million bits of info thrown at them a day — as much as they love your stuff, I hate to break it to you, they love other people’s stuff too.

Tip: Make your campaign easily shareable by creating tweets, Facebook posts, links, etc. and attach them to your campaign and all your auto responders. Not only will your fan base grow, but so will your contributions.

4. Partner with a pro

Have you looked at the successful campaigns of other artists to see what THEY did? Have you reached out to anyone with successful campaigns for feedback on yours, asked them to be a part of your video or help spread the word?

Just like you offer gifts to your fans, approach a successful campaigner and exchange something valuable.

Tip: Do a collab, feature others in your video, or have them promote your campaign to their list in exchange to promote THEIR music to your audience. When you partner, everyone wins!

5. Connect with media mavens or product pushers

Let’s talk about promotion. Did you offer influential bloggers or websites the exclusive to cover your campaign? Did you try to get major sponsors to feature their products in your campaign rewards in exchange for promotion? You’re a creative person right?

Take that good right-brained resource and get to work on seeing what YOU can offer influencers for their support!

Tip: Start by taking a look at what’s unique about your campaign, how can you position it as something that would be attractive to an influencer? Who are your fans? What’s your demographic? Think what’s juicy about your goods and promote it!

Although creating a campaign can be a lot of work, if you get creative, do a little research, and  have a plan, it will be worth it in the end when you have the money for your project and more to invest in your career! Anything worth having is worth working for. Dont forget this: there is a human behind every donation. Treat your audience with value and you’ll get even more in return. Ok, get out there and start planning. 

Do you have extra tips on crowdfunding? We’d love to hear it! Please share them in the comments below!

Jo-Ná A. Williams, Esq. can be reached at jo-na@jawilliamslaw.com and on Twitter. For a FREE copy of her guide “Blueprint: The Insider’s Guide to Empowering Your Career as an Artist and Ditching your 9-5 for Good” Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/iOqe1.

(Legal stuff: this article is for information purposes only. It does NOT replace the advice administered by a licensed attorney in YOUR state based on your specific situation. I know you wouldn’t assume I was your lawyer cause your mama “didn’t raise no fool.” But mine didn’t either, hence the disclaimer!)

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Opportunities on Tap: The Voice auditions and feature film music placement

The Voice Season Five

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Audition Passes for NBC’s The Voice

Genre: All

The Voice is the number one new talent search series of the season, featuring the country’s best unknown artists and some of the biggest names in music including Adam Levin, Blake Shelton, Cee lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Usher and Shakira, wants you to audition. NBC Producers are looking for solo artists and duos with versatile and they want to know your story. Why are you The Voice?

Submit your press kit for a chance to be one of five talented artists selected for an exclusive pass that gets you to the front of the line! Remember, you must be a legal resident of the United States and at least 15 years of age. Submit to the audition city nearest you!

Atlanta, GA Submit here Chicago, IL Submit here
Los Angeles, CA Submit here New York, NY Submit here

 
 

Music Placement for feature film Bread Thieves

Genre: All

Is your music ready for feature film? Bread Thieves is a feature film that just wrapped production and will select up to five ReverbNation artists to complete the film’s score. Producers anticipate the score to be an eclectic blend of music from all genres. Get a gist for the film with this brief synopsis:

After being released from prison for a drug sentence that should have belonged to his father, Simon (Jerran Fraser) returns home to confront his meth addict dad. The altercation thrusts Simon’s life into chaos as he’s forced into robbing a local drug dealer to save his friends Wade (Jordan Lee), Roach (Gregory King), and his younger brother Jason (Derick Mason). Unbeknownst to the four of them, the money belongs to the most dangerous criminal in the city – who’s intent on getting it. Things disintegrate when the boys meet Michelle (Cassandra Dielschneider), a beautiful young hitch-hiker who’s fate becomes entangled with the boys’. Both Simon’s loyalty and morality are tested when he tries to evade a drug dealer, gangsters and even his own father – all of whom want him dead.

Check out the Bread Thieves movie trailer!

Be a part of this action-packed film and get discovered.

Click to Submit

 
 

Don’t want to miss out on upcoming opportunities?

Here are four ways you can stay up-to-date on our latest gigs. We recommend using all of them to ensure nothing gets missed! Stalk us, we don’t mind.

  • Follow our updates on Twitter (@ReverbNation or @Gigs) and Facebook
  • Check the email updates we send you
  • Check the latest Opportunities on this page
  • Go to your Control Room on your Reverb page > click “Opportunities”
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Opportunities on Tap: BSMF13 slot, Austin airplay, and Mardi Gras gig!

Every Tuesday check out the latest and greatest opportunities brought to you by yours truly! 

Join Beale Street Music Festival’s 2013 Lineup

Genre: Alternative, Blues, R&B/Soul, Rock and Americana
Location: Memphis, TN

The iconic Beale Street Music Festival once again will be showcasing the finest talent in music on May 3-5, 2013 with over 100,000 music fans from throughout the United States and around the world in attendance. The festival regularly draws music lovers from all 50 states and on average a dozen or more countries around the globe. This year, the Beale Street Music Festival is opening up one slot to the most talented ReverbNation artist with five runner-up’s receiving a three day pass to the festival.

With five stages of rock & roll, blues, R&B/soul, alternative and new rock, the Beale Street Music Festival plays host to the legends and  leaders in the industry. It’s not unusual to see such legendary but diverse performers as Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, John Lee Hooker, Mumford & Sons, ZZ Top, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green and Mavis Staples sharing the same stage.

Last year’s line-up included Janes Addition, My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, Wiz Khalifa, The Civil Wars, Primas, Coheed and Cambria, Kenny Wayne Shepard and many other talented acts.

This is a performance of a lifetime! >

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Genre: Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Christian, Blues, Reggae, Jazz, and Soul
Location: Austin, TX

Gain exposure for your band throughout the state of Texas on The Original Texas Artist Showcase!

KAZI 88.7 is Austin, Texas’ premier community radio station and over the next three months The Original Texas Artist Showcase is giving ReverbNation artists exposure across Texas. Over 50 artists will receive spins on KAZI with the possibility of  LIVE or pre-recorded interviews. The Original Texas Artist Showcase is a weekly radio show airing on late Sunday nights/early Monday mornings (1am-3am) on KAZI 88.7 FM or www.kazifm.org.

Austin Community Radio, Inc, operating as KAZI 88.7, is the oldest community station in Austin.  The station is a listener-supported, non-commercial community radio station, staffed almost entirely by volunteers who work together out of a sense of commitment and concern for our community. KAZI remains a strong force in the Austin Community with its unique mix of R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Reggae, Zydeco, Talk, Community Information, Independent News and more.  KAZI also takes pride in supporting and promoting local artists as well as national artists on small independent labels.

If your music is a good fit for the station then what have you got to lose? >

Perform at Mardi Gras! Galveston 2013

Genre: Alternative, Blues, Classical, Comedy, Country, DJ, Electronica, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Other, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Reggae, Americana, Bluegrass, Dance, Indie, Singer Songwriter, World, Dubstep, Electronic Dance Music and Rockabilly
Location: Galveston, TX

Collect some beads and make some memories at Mardi Gras! Galveston, Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration! Here artists will be exposed to more than 300,000 Mardi Gras revelers throughout Galveston Island over two weekends. This year’s lineup will include American country music heartthrob, Lee Brice, with many more coming soon! Previous performers have included top 40 group Neon Trees, Hot Chelle Rae, Josh Abbott, Reckless Kelly, and Honeybrowne. Come show off your talent at the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States!

Check out highlights from 2011’s festivities!

Play a gig, make some mula, and have a blast! >

Don’t want to miss out on upcoming opportunities?

Here are four ways you can stay up-to-date on our latest gigs. We recommend using all of them to ensure nothing gets missed! Stalk us, we don’t mind. >

  • Follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook
  • Check the email updates we send you
  • Check the latest Opportunities on this page
  • Go to your Control Room on your Reverb page > click “Opportunities”
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