Hoping to get your music discovered and looking for ways to get your motor running? Start your engines today by entering the FIAT® Band Prix for a chance to win a national appearance on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown, a free trip to Miami, a cash prize and a FIAT-sponsored Google+ Hangout!
The FIAT brand, with the help of ReverbNation, is tapping the talented ReverbNation community to find the next big hit. Any artist can submit their original tracks for FREE for the chance to win exposure on national television and awesome prizes. Even better, the winner of the FIAT Band Prix will have two big brands backing them. Act fast! Voting begins on October 17th and ends on October 31st.
Prepping for the Prix in 3 Easy Steps
Preparing for the race to your big break is simple (no motor oil or gasoline involved)! Visit the FIAT Band Prix page and follow the instructions on-page. You’ll need a ReverbNation account, but you do not have to have a press kit to subscribe to this opportunity. Another important note is that the FIAT brand is seeking the best artists in five main genres: Rock, Pop/Dance, Urban, Country, and Alternative. However, you don’t have to fit squarely in one of these genres to submit for consideration. For the best chance at being selected, choose the genre that most closely aligns with your submission song. Entrants must reside in one of the 48 contiguous states – sorry artists in Alaska and Hawaii!
Here’s how to enter:
- Go to the FIAT Band Prix page and use your ReverbNation account to sign up and submit your best original song by October 31st. If you don’t have an account, no worries! You can create one today, and it takes only minutes to set up. You’ll need to make sure that you have uploaded the song that you would like to submit for consideration. Your song will be featured on the FIAT USA Facebook page.
- Do everything you can to spread the word and get your fans to vote by downloading your song for free from the FIAT USA Facebook page. Fans, you’re a lucky bunch. You’re able to download as much FREE music from the Facebook page as you’d like.
- The 50 artists (10 from each music genre) with the most votes will advance to the next round. The judges from the FIAT brand will select one band from the top 50 to receive the ultimate ticket to the big time: a national TV appearance on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown airing on December 14th.
Making it to the Winner’s Circle
The contest begins on October 17 at 10 a.m. ET, and ends on November 21, 2013. Here’s how it works:
- October 17 – October 31: You and other artists submit songs from your ReverbNation profile
- November 5 – November 19: Your fans have two weeks to like the FIAT USA Facebook page and vote for you by downloading your song. During the two-week period, each download will count for a vote and each fan may vote for a song once. Fans may vote for as many different songs as they like. The top 50 songs, which will be the 10 songs with the highest votes within each genre, will advance to the next round.
- November 20 – November 21: This will serve as the judging period after fans have made their voice heard. Since there can only be one grand prize winner and four runners-up, the FIAT brand will have their judges make their top picks from the initial 50. Winners will be chosen based on creativity, production quality and musicianship and will be announced on the final day of judging.
- December 14: The grand finale! This is the date that the winner will be featured on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown!
We think the grand prizes are even better than a cup or trophy. The grand prize winner will receive:
- A trip to Miami on December 6th to film an appearance on VH1′s Top 20 Video Countdown airing on December 14th
- $5,000 towards new gear
- A Google+ Hangout sponsored and promoted by the FIAT brand
- Ultimate bragging rights and awesome news to share with your fans
The four runners-up will receive $3,000 and a Google+ Hangout sponsored and promoted by the FIAT brand. The top 50 artists will receive a one-year subscription to Reverb Pro, including digital distribution (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), FanReach Pro, MegaSong Storage, Press Kits, and Pro Widgets.
Rally Your Fans
The best way to improve your chances of crossing the finish line is to tell your friends, family and fans about the contest! Remember, anyone is allowed to vote as long as they like the FIAT USA Facebook page, and since this competition is all about music discovery, we want them to hear new music! They can download as many songs as they would like from the Facebook page. You can use any of your social networks to promote your entry, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and, of course, word of mouth. To assist you, we’re building banners directly into your ReverbNation widgets, artist profile, band profile app, and FanReach email template; the banner redirects your fans to the app and automatically puts your song at the top! You’ll also have a chance to get the word out via a tweet that we have suggested on the confirmation page of your submission. It looks something like this:
Just entered the @FIATUSA #BandPrix for a chance to appear on VH1! Voting begins Nov 5. Spread the word! http://rvrb.fm/16eobPs
Don’t forget, the more votes you get, the better your chances of winning great prizes, including an appearance on VH1!
If you would like to learn more about the contest or have a question about Band Prix details, check out the FIAT Band Prix FAQ for Artists, or leave your question in the comments below. Now get to entering…on your mark, get set, GO!