July’s Breaking Artists: Kudos to these ReverbNation Opportunity Winners!

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Wondering who submits to all those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? 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 >>

Named Verizon’s Indie Icon and a chance to jam at the 2013 Essence Festival

As forerunners of the midwest “garage soul” movement, Jared Mahone and his band fill out singer/songwriter tunes with the throwback sound of a powerhouse band. Mahone recently competed to win Verizon’s Indie Icon title against against other hot indie music acts in the Midwest and came out on top! As Verizon’s first Indie Icon, he had a chance to play at the 2013 Essence Festival in New Orleans. Other artists such as Beyoncé, Keyshia Cole, and LL Cool J also performed at the festival, which was held over the Fourth of July weekend.

“Thank you so much for being the conduit that made this happen for us. There is no independent artist I know who doesn’t think it’s a must to have a ReverbNation page. Thank you for supporting the indie artist and for helping to make us Verizon’s Indie Icon.

-Jared Mahone

Opened for Sublime with Rome and Pennywise at The Stone Pony

In an attempt to find peace within himself and inspire others the way musicians have inspired him, Jared Wohl created the tortured optimism that is Farewell Luna; music that weighs heavy on your soul and rests blissfully within your heart. Due to hard work and determination, Farewell Luna was picked to open for Sublime with Rome and Pennywise at The Stone Pony, a historic location. The Stone Pony opened its doors in 1974 and has since become one of the world’s best known music venues, located in Asbury Park, NJ. Here’s what Farewell Luna had to say about how it felt to win this opportunity:

“Amazing, surreal, and list goes on and on. To be included on the same bill as one of the bands I grew up idolizing is a very cool feeling. I do wish Bradley Nowell was still alive since his music & voice has been such an inspiration to me. Nevertheless, Rome is the man and has definitely done him justice!”

-Farewell Luna

Earned a featured song in Rush Bros

The latest video game from Rush Bros. revolves around music in your library. For the new installment, ReverbNation artists entered to have one of their songs featured. Ten talented artists were chosen as semi finalists and fans picked five winners to be featured in the game and on the official Rush Bros. soundtrack.

Listed below are the five winning artists and their songs alongside the semi-finalists. Make sure to check out Rush Bros. and the exclusive ReverbNation bonus level!

Winners:

"I submitted a song i made a couple years ago cause i thought it fit well with the opportunity. Happy how things turned out!" -  Matt Larsen

“I submitted a song I made a couple years ago because I thought it fit well with the opportunity. Happy how things turned out!” – Matt Larsen

 

"I was looking for the opportunity in Reverbnation. I submitted my songs, and was chosen. I asked my fans to vote for my song. And I got my song in the "big five." -  JFLOW

“I submitted my songs, and was chosen. I asked my fans to vote for my song. And I got my song in the “big five.” – JFLOW

"Total WOW factor-an incredible feeling to be chosen and appreciated as an artist. An exciting venture!" -  Clarissa

“Total WOW factor-an incredible feeling to be chosen and appreciated as an artist. An exciting venture!” – Clarissa

Semi-Finalists:

"This opportunity exposed us to a whole new crowd that don't necessarily listen to our genre of music, so it was great that we got to be expose and share our sound with new music fans!" -  Edge of Paradise

“This opportunity exposed us to a whole new crowd that doesn’t necessarily listen to our genre of music, so it was great that we got to be exposed and share our sound with new music fans!” – Edge of Paradise

On how it felt to be chosen: “ Really exciting! We were on tour at the time so it was a morale booster.” - Pan

“ Really exciting! We were on tour at the time so it was a morale booster.” – Pan

“It felt good to be picked as a finalist. Although I didn't win, it opened up more opportunities through that client for future inside gigs and opportunities.” - Septimius The Great

“It felt good to be picked as a finalist. Although I didn’t win, it opened up more opportunities through that client for future inside gigs and opportunities.” – Septimius The Great

“I don't generally get too excited but this opportunity is very exciting indeed!  To be given the opportunity to be seen and heard by millions, well words fail me, it's fantastic news!” - She’s Got Claws

“I don’t generally get too excited but this opportunity is very exciting indeed! To be given the opportunity to be seen and heard by millions, well words fail me, it’s fantastic news!” – She’s Got Claws

“When I submitted to the Rush Bro's Battle opportunity, it was because I actually thought it was pretty awesome. I'm kind of a gamer, and gamers kind of love my music.” - The Ground Above

“When I submitted to the Rush Bro’s Battle opportunity, it was because I actually thought it was pretty awesome. I’m kind of a gamer, and gamers kind of love my music.” – The Ground Above

Performing at the Liberty Music Festival 2013

In a city rich with historical ubiquity, and a street famous for its arts, entertainment, and eclectic culture, The Legendary Dobbs has been a long-standing institution for artists and music enthusiasts alike. The venue will host the Liberty Music Festival 2013 and these three ReverbNation artists were selected to perform:

On hearing about the opportunity: “Knowing that we have friends and fans in the Philly area and that the Liberty MusicFest is at an amazing club - Legendary Dobbs - it was a no brainer to submit for it.” - Nine Times Blue

“Knowing that we have friends and fans in the Philly area and that the Liberty MusicFest is at an amazing club – Legendary Dobbs – it was a no brainer to submit for it.” – Nine Times Blue

On winning: “It felt awesome we’re very excited to play Philadelphia.” - Seven Story Fall

On winning: “It felt awesome, we’re very excited to play Philadelphia.” – Seven Story Fall

 

Perform at Kingdom Bound Christian Music Festival

Kingdom Bound Christian Music Festival, now in its 27th year, is looking for the right Christian artists to participate in a live Talent Competition at Kingdom Bound 2013. The festival has previously hosted Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp, David Crowder, and the Newsboys. This year’s headliners are Lecrae, Hillsong LIVE, Newsboys, and NEEDTOBREATHE.

Here are the winners:

“Playing at Kingdom Bound is an incredible opportunity. We couldn't help but feel that the timing was perfect.” - Lightfall Worship

“Playing at Kingdom Bound is an incredible opportunity. We couldn’t help but feel that the timing was perfect.” – Lightfall Worship

“This is the first time that I've been selected for a show opportunity and I couldn't have asked for a better one to be selected for!” - Noel McLeary

“This is the first time that I’ve been selected for a show opportunity and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to be selected for!” – Noel McLeary

“I flipped out because I had actually won! It definitely is a big deal for me and I am most grateful for the opportunity.” - Nyerry Weaver

“I flipped out because I had actually won! It definitely is a big deal for me and I am most grateful for the opportunity.” – Nyerry Weaver

More Winners: San Diego IndieFest, Unity Christian Music Festival, Features in Songwriting Magazine and an Upcoming Film

These artists were selected rock out at the San Diego IndieFest:

“To be a part of something such as San Diego Indie Fest, is a dream come true for any aspiring artist.” - Lyrically iLLz

“To be a part of something such as San Diego Indie Fest, is a dream come true for any aspiring artist.” – Lyrically iLLz

“We were super excited when we found out that our application had been accepted and that we would be able to be a part of this awesome music event in our hometown.” - Katie Leigh and the Infantry

“We were super excited when we found out that our application had been accepted and that we would be able to be a part of this awesome music event in our hometown.” – Katie Leigh and the Infantry

“It truly is an authentic indie festival. The past few headliners have been artists we admire, so we are so thrilled to be sharing the main stage with the brilliant CAKE this year.” - Saucy Monky

“It truly is an authentic indie festival. The past few headliners have been artists we admire, so we are so thrilled to be sharing the main stage with the brilliant CAKE this year.” – Saucy Monky

“There is always a feeling of community at IndieFest. Being able to see artist like Talib Kweli, Cake and Best Coast is a wonderful feeling.” - The Lyrical Groove/Kendrick Dial

“There is always a feeling of community at IndieFest. Being able to see artist like Talib Kweli, Cake and Best Coast is a wonderful feeling.” – The Lyrical Groove/Kendrick Dial

“To finally be a part of something so special to the San Diego music scene feels incredible.” - Circle 7

“To finally be a part of something so special to the San Diego music scene feels incredible.” – Circle 7

“Being chosen gave me the courage to submit to other opportunities and look for more gigs! I can't wait to perform at the San Diego IndieFest in August!” - Emily Ann Laliotis

“Being chosen gave me the courage to submit to other opportunities and look for more gigs! I can’t wait to perform at the San Diego IndieFest in August!” – Emily Ann Laliotis

“We heard of this opportunity when looking into playing indiefest.  Its a great event and we are pumped to be a part of it. Feels great to be chosen for this opportunity.” - Social Club

“It’s a great event and we are pumped to be a part of it. Feels great to be chosen for this opportunity.” – Social Club

 Kush McCloud will have music featured in the upcoming film, Pathos. “When I got the message saying that my song had been chosen for Pathos I was too excited. I wanted to call everyone I knew to tell them the good news.”


Kush McCloud will have music featured in the upcoming film, Pathos. “When I got the message saying that my song had been chosen for Pathos I was too excited. I wanted to call everyone I knew to tell them the good news.”

These eight artists will rock the stage at the Unity Christian Music Festival:

“This is my first time signing up for an opportunity like this and out of at least 2 million artist that are on Reverbnation I got picked. I thank the Unity Festival for letting me be apart.” - James White

“This is my first time signing up for an opportunity like this and out of at least 2 million artist that are on ReverbNation I got picked. I thank the Unity Festival for letting me be apart.” – James White

 “It's not the first time we've submitted to an opportunity, but it is the first opportunity we've won. Being selected for a Reverbnation opportunity feels like progress.” - Close


“It’s not the first time we’ve submitted to an opportunity, but it is the first opportunity we’ve won. Being selected for a ReverbNation opportunity feels like progress.” – Close

Thomas Fiss scored an online feature in Songwriting Magazine.

Thomas Fiss scored an online feature in Songwriting Magazine.

Congrats to all of July’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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Opportunities on Tap: Share your music video at Global Citizens Festival, be the featured Band of the Day, open for Steel Panther and Play Bat Fest 2013!

 See what’s on tap this week at ReverbNation!

Expose your video to 60,000 at Global Citizens Festival in Central Park

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Location: Online
Genre(s): Alternative, Blues, Classical, Electronica, Folk, Jazz, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Reggae, Americana, Bluegrass, Dance, Indie, Jam, Singer Songwriter, Spiritual, World, Ambient, Dubstep, EDM, Experimental, Funk, House, Instrumental and Rockabilly

The Global Citizen Festival returns to New York City for its second year of creating awareness and accelerating progress toward ending extreme poverty. The 2013 lineup includes the legendary Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer. Two (2) ReverbNation artists’ music videos will be selected to air on multiple jumbotrons in Central Park before the first headliner takes the stage.

Have a great music video? Spread it to 60,000 festival goers. >

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Be the featured artist on Band of the Day app

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Location: Online
Genre(s): All

Band of the Day app delivers new music directly to the mobile devices of over 5 million users around the globe. The Killers, of Montreal, Bon Iver and more have all had their music featured, now it’s time for one ReverbNation artist to shine this September.

Say “what’s app!” to five million fans. >

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Open for Steel Panther at House of Blues

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Location: Los Angeles, CA 
Genre(s): Metal and Rock

The iconic House of Blues Sunset Strip needs one talented local ReverbNation act to open the show for heavy metal heavy hitters, Steel Panther. Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, California, Steel Panther has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in metal, including Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe.

Don’t miss your chance to rock the Sunset Strip! >

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Perform at Bat Fest 2013 alongside Hank III 

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Location: Austin, TX
Genre(s): Alternative, Blues, Country, Electronica, Folk, Hip Hop, Latin, Metal, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Reggae, Americana, Dance, Indie, Jam, Rap, Singer Songwriter, World, Punk, Ambient, Christian Rock, Dubstep, EDM, Experimental, Funk, House, Rockabilly and Ska

Austin is going batty! Bat Fest brings 15k attendees to the Congress Avenue bridge to witness 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from underneath it. Celebrate Austin’s favorite flying friends with a night of live music, delicious food and activities. A panel of music industry judges will select one ReverbNation act to join the party and play alongside Hank III, Lukas Nelson, Reckless Kelly and more.

Submit your RPK for a chance to play! >

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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”
AmandaOpportunities on Tap: Share your music video at Global Citizens Festival, be the featured Band of the Day, open for Steel Panther and Play Bat Fest 2013!
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Opportunities on Tap: Rock the boat with Rombello & Simple Man Cruise or stay grounded to play Driven Music Conference, Culture Collide & Rockstar UPROAR

 What’s on tap this week at the Nation?

Play Rombello Music Festival Cruise 

Location: Miami, FL
Genre(s): Alternative, Blues, DJ, Electronica, Folk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Metal, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Reggae, Americana, Dance, Indie, Jam, Rap, Singer Songwriter, Punk, Dubstep, EDM, Experimental, Funk, House and Ska

What’s better than good tunes and ocean views? Both at the same time! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to play Rombello, a festival at sea featuring a superstar line-up that includes Michael Franti and Spearhead, G. Love & Special Sauce, State Radio, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds and many, many more. One (1) ReverbNation band will perform on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl as it cruises from Miami to a private island beach party in the Bahamas!

Ready to rom-ble? Be a part of this epic live show. >

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Join Lynyrd Skynyrd & more on Simple Man Cruise VII

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Location: Miami, FL
Genre(s): Alternative, Blues, Country, Folk, Rock, Americana, Bluegrass and Jam

You’ll be singing “Sweet Home Atlantic Ocean” on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise VII. The four-day, non-stop music party returns to the Norwegian Pearl for its lucky 7th journey from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay. One (1) ReverbNation band will be added to the star studded lineup, which includes southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd plus Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Georgia Satellites, Black Stone Cherry, Los Lonely Boys and many more.

Don’t miss the boat! Play the biggest rock n’ roll show on the open sea. >

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And here are some opportunities that you won’t need your sea legs for!

Snag a ReverbNation sponsored slot at Driven Music Conference

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Location: Atlanta, GA
Genre(s): All

Driven Music Conference prides itself on successfully connecting music fans and artists with the most accomplished professionals in the industry. Network and learn at panel discussions with music business moguls like New Found Glory Manager and CEO of The Croshal Entertainment Group Fred Croshal, A&R for Razor & Tie Records (40+ million units sold) Dylan Chenfeld, A&R for Glassnote Records (Mumford & Sons) Sean Glass, Alternative Press Managing Editor Scott Heisel and more. ReverbNation is sponsoring four (4) showcase performance slots that will assist artists of all genres in advancing their careers. All artists who submit will recieve one (1) free two-day panel pass and one (1) free ticket to the showcases, regardless of whether or not they are chosen to perform.

Kick it into first gear and submit your RPK today! >

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Canadian Artists: Play Culture Collide in L.A.

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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Genre(s): Alternative, DJ, Electronica, Folk, Metal, Rock, Americana, Indie, Jam, Singer Songwriter, Punk, Ambient, Dubstep, EDM, Experimental, Funk and House

FILTER Magazine and Canadian Music Week are joining forces to bring Canadian artists the chance to perform for over 10,000 attendees at Culture Collide in Los Angeles! This fall, the City of Angels will welcome artists from over 25 countries to Echo Park for the rare opportunity to bring their unique music and culture to L.A.’s East Side. At least one (1) ReverbNation act will be selected to perform!

Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr. will be there, will you? Apply for a spot on the line-up! >

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Achieve rockstar status, play the Rockstar UPROAR Festival

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Location: Online
Genre(s): Alternative, Metal, Rock, Indie, Punk and Christian Rock

Enter the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands competition with your RPK and you could be on your way to playing a date of the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival in markets across the country on the same bill as Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed & Cambria and Circa Survive. At least five (5) acts that submit their RPK will be chosen to perform on the tour and will automatically be entered into the grand prize competition. This year’s grand prize winner will receive a coveted spot on the entire UPROAR Festival tour as well as 10k in music gear, a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and much more.

Ready to party like a rockstar? Submit your RPK! >

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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”
AmandaOpportunities on Tap: Rock the boat with Rombello & Simple Man Cruise or stay grounded to play Driven Music Conference, Culture Collide & Rockstar UPROAR
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New Feature Allows Musicians to Find Opportunities Easier and Faster

In addition to being able to sort music opportunities based on price and time remaining, you can now find opportunities based on the date they were added. That means you can filter the newest, freshest opportunities and beat all artists to the punch by submitting first!

Find Opportunities Today_ReverbNation

Once you’re in the Opportunities page of your Dashboard, click the drop down menu and choose “Date Added”.

Don’t have a ReverbNation account? Check out ongoing opportunities here.

Sort opportunities by Date Added, Price or Time Remaining.

Sort opportunities by Date Added, Price or Time Remaining.

Happy submitting!

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Opportunities on Tap: HOB gig, In-Store play, KarenCivil.com feature, WRCN Virgin Vibes airplay

Here’s this week in Reverb Opportunities!

16843_275088032512_3187986_nJam out at Reggae Fest at House of Blues in San Diego 

Location: San Diego, CA
Genre(s): Reggae, Dance, Dubstep, Ska

Can you draw a crowd in San Diego? If so, the iconic House of Blues in San Diego is booking six ReverbNation bands from the area to perform at Reggae Fest.  With a venue that holds over one million dollars in production value (lighting, backline, audio, microphones), your show is sure to showcase your talent in the best light. The House of Blues puts years of experience in promotion and marketing behind each artist and show.

Submit to be ‘spappin’ da bass’ on the House of Blues stage mon!

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1371486460_jupiterReverb_180Get In-Store Plays, In Your City

Location: Online
Genre(s): All

Subway likes its music like its subs, fresh! Jupiter Music Group will select up to 50 songs from ReverbNation submissions and place them on in-store playlists for stores such as Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Fantastic Sam’s and more. There are currently more than 750 customers streaming music up to 12 hours per day, 7 days a week! All music genres are accepted and will be placed in the appropriate playlist. If America Runs on Dunkin, then what better way to gain new fans than in-store airplay.

Submit your best song now and get your music played alongside your favorite artists!

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399095_329445177084569_1641636684_nBe KarenCivil.com’s next Video Feature

Location: Online
Genre(s): Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Rap

Are you the next Drake or Nicki Minaj? Urban superstars get their start on KarenCivil.com. With the mantra, “Entertainment the Civilized Way,’ KarenCivil.com offers exclusive interviews with some of the most stylish, trendsetters, rappers, artists and entrepreneurs in the industry. Karencivil.com is looking for the brightest urban talent to be featured on Karencivil.com. Karen will personally select one artist each month for the next three months for a video feature on her site.

All urban trend-setters should apply!

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Get your song on WRCN’s Virgin Vibes

Location: Online
Genre(s): Alternative, DJ, Electronica, Metal, Rock, Reggae, Americana, Indie, Jam, Singer Songwriter, Punk, Ambient, Christian Rock, Dubstep, EDM, Experimental, Funk, House, Rockabilly and Ska

WRCN-FM’s Virgin Vibes will select three (3) ReverbNation acts per week this summer for mainstream radio play throughout the 19th ranked market in the country, Long Island, NY. The selected acts will get massive exposure to 243 million listeners per week on this heritage rock station.

Make sure your best song is first in your ReverbNation Press Kit!

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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”
ShellyOpportunities on Tap: HOB gig, In-Store play, KarenCivil.com feature, WRCN Virgin Vibes airplay
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Charity Tuesday: Interview with Heifer International and Stillwood Sages

We got to speak with charity Heifer International and Curtis Hildebrand (lower right), of the rock band Stillwood Sages, who is supporting them through Music For Good.

We got to speak with charity Heifer International and Curtis Hildebrand (lower right), of the rock band Stillwood Sages, who is supporting them through Music For Good.


This blog post is part of a series highlighting the 13 Music For Good charities and their spotlight artists (read others here). Subscribe to our blog (enter your email on the right) to stay up-to-date on future posts!

SEE ALSO: What is Music For Good and how do I get involved?


When American rancher Dan West was serving in Spain after the Spanish Civil War in 1944, he became frustrated at being forced to decide how to allocate the very limited rations of milk to refugees. So then the idea hit him: “They don’t need a cup of milk; they need a cow.” West’s “Give not a cup, but a cow” set the example for what would become Heifer’s sustainability model, which includes Passing on the Gift. Today, Heifer International gives out gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training to those in need.

We talked to Rich Cason, the organization’s New Media Director about West’s vision and how the charity is helping end poverty and hunger in a sustainable fashion:

“The way Passing on the Gift works is folks that do receive gifts of livestock are required to pass on gifts, such as the first female offspring, to another family in the community,” said Rich. “By passing on the gift, not only are we lifting families, but we’re also helping communities get out of poverty through sustainable livelihoods.”

Heifer International has now helped more than 15.5 million families (79 million people) in more than 125 countries, including various African countries, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, and Nepal. They’re currently working to scale their projects to East Africa, where Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Heifer a grant of over $51 million total to help at least 179,000 smallholder East African dairy farmers.

SUPPORT HEIFER INTERNATIONAL: Click here to sell or buy music

We had the opportunity to talk on the phone with both Rich Cason and Curtis Hildebrand, the organization’s Spotlight Artist and lead singer of California-based rock band Stillwood Sages. Well, truthfully, they interviewed each other and we just took notes on the side :) They discussed Heifer’s involvement with Music For Good, their goals and what they have to say to their supporters.

Rich: Curtis, how did you first learn of Heifer?

Curtis: I’ve been working with ReverbNation for a long time. I knew another band that was also supporting you guys through Reverb’s Music For Good program, I thought it was cool so I went ahead and signed up to you guys. And KM, Stillwood Sages’ bass player, encouraged me to support you as well. We have quite a few artists under my label Sunny Dragon Records that are going to start sponsoring your organization too.

Rich: I hope some of the bands under your label play similar music to you guys. I think you’re a well-kept secret!

Curtis: We’re trying not to be! [laugh]

Rich: My daughter banned me from playing “Tower at the Crossroads” in my house! She said “Dad, you’ve listened to that 20 times already!” [laugh]

Curtis: Yeah man, I’m really happy to hear that. I was looking at my ReverbNation dashboard the other day and I was like “Wow, we’re actually getting some donations out to you guys right now!”

I think what Heifer is doing is amazing. That’s where my heart is at, you know. I spend a lot of time in the music world and there are times that I just wanna pack my bags and go to Africa to build wells and farms to people. It’s just a complicated world out there… it’s hard to find an organization that’s going to really take that money from donations and apply to something positive. But what you’re doing is exceptional. I really like it.

“It’s hard to find an organization that’s going to really take that money from donations and apply to something positive. But what you’re doing is exceptional. I really like it.”

Rich: Thank you for bringing that to the conversation. I think one of the changing moments for me was when I had the privilege of visiting one of Heifer’s projects in Zambia. What was so eye-opening and life-changing for me is I did two visits in counter-chronological order… I first visited a family in a village that was six years in where the children had clothes and medicine. It was thriving environment. This individual was able to hire others to work on the farm.

5-year old Lilian Chali holds a goat in the Willie Mulenga village, Zambia.

5-year old Lilian Chali holds a goat in the Willie Mulenga village, Zambia.

And then I saw a project that was only a year and a half old where they were just starting to have calves, just starting to make progress, really, and they were so hopeful. I realized that making the resources available is just so critical.

I just saw the hope in the eyes of people who had nothing except for the hope of the Heifer program coming. The difference in five years from having a sustainable livelihood in the future was just so incredible. When you see this and you’re able to shake hands with the children and the farmers, it becomes your passion and your life-calling.

“And then I saw a project that was only a year and a half old where they were just starting to have calves, just starting to make progress, really, and they were so hopeful. I realized that making the resources available is just so critical.”

Curtis: I get a little choked up about stuff like this. To be honest, I’m not really big on being a rockstar — I wanna be a well-known artist but what really matters to me is to be able to positively affect other people’s lives.

Rich: I was thinking about everything that goes into fundraising… For me, you know, I have a passion for doing that but at the end of the day, what matters is seeing the results from the projects and seeing that people’s lives have been changed forever. That’s the reason that an organization like Heifer exists and it’s incredible to work with a bunch of passionate folks. When I have the opportunity to speak with someone like yourself who definitely gets the sustainability piece, I think I can speak for all of us that we’re very appreciative of that.

“At the end of the day, what matters is seeing the results from the projects and seeing that people’s lives have been changed forever.”

ReverbNation: That’s very inspiring. Rich, why did Heifer decide to participate in the Music For Good program?

Rich: Music is universal. Music is inherently good and used for good purposes. When we were approached with the concept, it just seemed like a great idea. Here’s up-and-coming artists who music lovers can support and a percentage of that goes to one or several great causes. To us just seemed like a natural fit to share the joy of music while helping someone else  in the world.

One of the things that has been very helpful is when we do the Spotlight Artist (Note: each charity picks one artist or band every month to be highlighted on ReverbNation.com and on social media). We see an increase dialogue between our followers and the artist, I like that connection because it allows us to in turn follow the artist because we’re very appreciative of their support.

Curtis: That’s cool, I’m going to follow you guys and start tweeting too! Here’s the thing, Rich. You’re talking to a guy who built his first house when he was 15 and has been on his own pretty much since then. I put myself through college and graduated from AirForce with honors. I changed my life through the love of others and God. I believe in changing people’s lives. So I’m here for Heifer, man!

Rich: I appreciate that! That’s what Heifer is all about. There are young women and men who have all of the potential in the world that would go untapped. With our collective efforts, we can get people to come together and make this transformation become a reality using technology and music. It’s a beautiful thing.

Again, it’s all about having access to resources. Once folks are given the training and exposure to Heifer’s cornerstone values, they become self-sustaining leaders in their communities.

You hear stories of how a young woman in India, who was told to stay home and work while she watched her brother go to school everyday, learned to read on her own until she became part of a Heifer project at the age of 25. She went to being illiterate to a leader in her community. It just brings you to tears!

That’s what it’s all about: it’s having that love, compassion and the willingness to get others where they need to be.

Through Heifer, young women in India have been able to go to school.

Through Heifer, young women in India have been able to go to school.

“You hear stories of how a young woman in India, who was told to stay home and work while she watched her brother go to school everyday, learned to read on her own until she became part of a Heifer project at the age of 25. She went to being illiterate to a leader in her community. It just brings you to tears!”

ReverbNation: To wrap it up, would you like to say anything to your supporters?

Curtis: We support the cause and encourage others to do the same. I’m really happy I was able to run into this program.

Rich: We’re all very excited to be participating on the platform and we’re thankful for ReverbNation for coming up with the idea. Although in a small way, buying music through Music For Good leads to big changes. That’s one way we can collectively work to change the world.

Curtis: Yeah! What ReverbNation is doing makes me feel good working with them.

ReverbNation: We’re trying! Thank you both for your time. And keep up the great work!

SUPPORT HEIFER INTERNATIONAL: Click here to get involved!

To learn more about Heifer International, please visit their website

To buy music from Stillwood Sages and help support Heifer International, please visit their ReverbNation profile.

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June’s Breaking Artists: Kudos to these ReverbNation Opportunity Winners!

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Wondering who submits to all those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? 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 >>

Performing at Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2013…

Mike Bravener is an exciting Rockabilly/Classic Country entertainer from the East Coast of Canada. He says he was “surprised and jubilant all within 30 seconds” when he found out he was chosen to perform at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, now the home of the largest multi-day outdoor music festival in Atlantic Canada. More than 50,000 visitors annually flock to the festival for the biggest names in country music, camping, dining, the warmest waters north of the Carolinas and to create memories that last a lifetime.

“I heard about this opportunity through ReverbNation and applied. It was just that easy. I had applied in the past for this festival and had been rejected or put on file, but perseverance is the key. I have been very fortunate in my career to have performed “Elvis Tribute” shows with DJ Fontana, Elvis’ drummer 1955-1968 and Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Member and he keeps encouraging to apply. ‘Somebody somewhere will love what you do eventually.’ 

-Mike Bravener

Played the LifeLight Festival in Missouri…

 Spencer Kane at the Lifelight Festival - Missouri.

Spencer Kane at the LifeLight Festival – Missouri.

After reviewing hundreds of submissions, the folks at LifeLight Festival — a non-profit that offers festivals free of admission so that all may go to hear the Gospel message —  invited pop act Spencer Kane and his Kane Krew to compete at their Missouri festival for a few different possible results. If he won, he’d automatically be invited back in 2014 as a main stage headliner act. The result: HE WON! In addition, he’ll get to tour all 20 festivals this summer. Here’s what he has to say about his experience:

“I met several other national recording artists at the festival and made a lot of new fellow artist friends as well as gained a lot of new fans. I’m happy to report that this summer will be my first real touring summer after having toured earlier this spring to 6 states. This single event, however, was a highlight of my year.”

-Spencer Kane

Scored a feature with the AU Review online music publication…

A young explorer at heart, Merry Ellen Kirk challenges the stigma of the formulaic love song, daring her audience to consider the world in a new light. Her lyrics weave tales of heartbreak & fragility, tension & resolution, deep longing & what-could’ve-beens, on a contrasting musical fabric of playful melodies and saccharine vocals.  Though she’s been selected for various showcases and features through ReverbNation’s Opportunities program, she says it was an amazing feeling to get the magic “Congratulations!Your submission has been accepted!” from the AU Review, a publication that provides readers with unbiased & independent reviews frrom writers around Australia.

I’ve been a member of ReverbNation for years and I submit to the free opportunities in my genre as often as possible. I’m excited for this feature with the AU Review. They’ve been really great about communicating so far, and I’m looking forward to the feature & interview.

-Merry Ellen Kirk

Rocked out at Wakarusa Music Festival 2013…

With influences ranging from jazz, blues and funk to progressive, psychedelic and electronic, Soap skillfully fuses all of these genres into one: dance infused rock. The band got picked through ReverbNation’s Opportunities program to grace the stage of Wakarusa Music Festival on May 31st, a grassroots festival nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas where the beauty of nature synchronizes with the euphoric sounds of live music. Other also performing there included Snoop Lion, Dispatch, The Black Crowes and STS9. Well done Soap, well done.

Rocked the stage at MOVE Music Festival 2013…

Chris McCarty — the singer-songwriter who, when faced with the decision between music and basketball, chose music — is also a charismatic performer who is known for writing catchy hooks, and meaningful songs that have helped him play hundreds of gigs in the U.S. According to his bio, McCarty has shared the stage with the legendary James Brown, Dave Mathews Band, Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait, Sugar Ray, G Love and Special Sauce, Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph and the Family just to name a few. This year, McCarty got to rock the stages of MOVE Music Festival, which consists of approximately 100 acts performing at venues across Albany, New York. Right on!

More Winners: DK & the Joy Machine, Firebug, Seven Story Fall, Lisa Torres

DK & the Joy Machine played at the Brooklyn Half Marathon 2013: "It was really fun! The runners were really into it. They'd pass by the stage area and clap or yell or shout out, "hey, a dulcimer!" I was impressed! It's great to play for such an appreciative audience."

Singer-songwriter DK & the Joy Machine played at the Brooklyn Half Marathon 2013: “It was really fun! The runners were really into it. They’d pass by the stage area and clap or yell or shout out, “Hey, a dulcimer!” I was impressed! It’s great to play for such an appreciative audience.”

Firebug will have their music featured in the upcoming film, Bread Thieves. "We were very honored and look forward to their release of Bread Thieves! The producers were professional and the process was smooth sailing :)"

Rock band Firebug will have their music featured in the upcoming film, Bread Thieves. “We were very honored and look forward to their release of Bread Thieves! The producers were professional and the process was smooth sailing :)”

Punk rock band Seven Story Fall will perform at the Noda Summer Music Fest 2013.

Punk rock band Seven Story Fall will perform at the Noda Summer Music Fest 2013.

Country beauty Lisa Torres jammed out on the Hard Rock Entertainment Stage during CMA Music Festival 2013.

Country beauty Lisa Torres jammed out on the Hard Rock Entertainment Stage during CMA Music Festival 2013.

Congrats to all of June’s Breaking Artists!

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