Is 2014 your breakout year? It could be, if you take a chance and enter Hard Rock Rising, a global battle of the bands that puts you up against some fierce competition for the ultimate prize of worldwide exposure and a performance for an audience of 40,000 in Rome, Italy. There’s nothing holding you back, because Hard Rock Rising is FREE to enter for anyone with a ReverbNation profile – no RPK required!
Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, yes, your band could have the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Rome to play for 40,000 fans on the mainstage in Piazza del Popolo! ReverbNation and Hard Rock want to find the next rising music star and we’d like to make it as easy as possible for you and your band to show us your stuff. Even if you aren’t crowned the winner, two runners-up win $10,000 (or the equivalent) in band gear, and winners at the local cafe competitions can win tons of other great prizes, not to mention free publicity for your music. If you’re good enough to conquer Hard Rock Rising 2014, your chariot awaits. But before you start packing your suitcase and dreaming of all the delicious pizza and pasta you’d like to devour in Italy, here’s the lowdown on how the competition works.
Hard Rock Rising 2014 is THE Global Battle of the Bands, taking place online and in 82 participating Hard Rock Café locations around the world. Hard Rock taps into the talent of ReverbNation artists to find the best of the best. Artists who reside within one of the 40 qualifying countries who want to participate can submit their music between Jan. 6 – Jan. 27. The process is simple and you’ll be entered before you can say “Ciao!” Bands must compete in a cafe that is no more than 100 miles away from the hometown listed on their ReverbNation page. If you live in a qualifying country with no Hard Rock Cafe nearby, never fear! You can still enter in the “Virtual Café.”
Between Feb. 3 – Feb. 17, music fans will vote on your music to help the best bands rise to the top. Fans “Vote” for an artist by downloading their song in the Hard Rock Rising app on any participating Hard Rock Café’s Facebook Page, including the “Virtual Café” page. Fans may download a song from a single artist more than once, but it will only count as one vote. During this period, fans can vote for as many artists as they’d like!
The competition heats up over the next eight weeks, as the local battles begin! Top-voted bands, plus the Wild Card band, will compete live at various Hard Rock Café locations between Feb. 24 – Apr. 21. If you’re hanging out in the Virtual Café, you’ll be playing for a panel of judges rather than a live audience. During the live battle, bands will perform for fans and judges, who will choose a winner to move on to the global competition and represent their city as the Local Finalist, competing for the Grand Prize. The local finalist in each market will win $250 cash, a $250 Hard Rock Café Gift Certificate and move on to the global vote round; one step closer to rocking out in Rome.
All is fair in love of music and this war of bands, and all finalists will battle it out online during the final voting phase, which will take place from Apr. 28 – May 7. During this final phase, fans can only vote for one artist, but are still free to download music from all the bands. The top 25 bands will be determined through online judging, and a panel of the best badasses in the music industry will choose the grand prize winner and two runners-up. The winners will be announced May 12! At that point, it’s safe for the grand prize winner to start brushing up on their Italian, and for the runners-up to start making their wish lists of new equipment.