Hard Rock Rising 2015 — The Global Battle of the Bands Returns to ReverbNation

Last year, over 9,000 Artists from 70 countries competed to perform in front of 40,000 fans in Rome, Italy. Seattle’s Joyfield ended up taking home the grand prize after being hand-selected from the final round of 25 global Artists. Hard Rock Rising 2014 was a huge event for Artists across the world, so we are excited to announce that Hard Rock Rising is coming back for another round.

You can now enter for a chance to play the main stage of Hard Rock Rising 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. With more than 85 cafes participating worldwide, Artists from all corners of the globe will have a chance to compete for top honors. Best of all, submission is FREE.

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Belk Southern Musician Showcase Winner Jackie Venson: Why The Summer Tour Was ‘Like a Fantasy’

Jackie Venson may be young, but she’s already got years of music experience behind her. The up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist started her musical career as a classically trained pianist, then moved onto guitar and songwriting. Venson’s soulful, bluesy sensibilities recently received some well-deserved attention. She won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase and earned a spot on the Belk Summer Tour.

Music journalist Schuyler Rooth asked Jackie a few questions about the experience of winning such an honorable performance opportunity. Fresh from the excitement of the Belk Summer Tour and from releasing her latest album, “The Light In Me,” Jackie expressed her gratitude about winning, her fans’ reactions, and the jumping off point this win has afforded her career.

So how has this experience with Belk affected your career?

Winning this opportunity has really flipped everything on its back. I’ve been exposed to different Artists’ careers and what different aspects of the music industry look and feel like. I’ve been able to add big names to my resume, which has landed me a ton of other opportunities. I have also partnered with Belk, and they continue to give me new opportunities. It has been life and career changing.

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High School Nation: Exposing you to the one demographic you can’t afford to ignore

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If you’re an artist who plays frequent shows both in your hometown and on tour, chances are you’re mostly playing to a 21+ age group. And usually, this is a good thing for a performer — this demographic tends to have more disposable income and is more likely to help run up your end-of-the-night payout with bar sales.

But by default, many artists end up overlooking a demographic that, according to a recent study by Nielsen, contains some of the most dedicated music fans — teenagers.

Nielsen’s study confirmed that 54% of teen concert attendees purchase t-shirts and merchandise [source]. Similarly, 51% of teens have purchased some kind of music (download, CD, etc.) in the last year [source]. These numbers are far above the national average, as well as being higher than any other age demographic.

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So how do you get a foothold in this often overlooked but highly invested demographic? A good place to start is with this year’s High School Nation (HSN) tour. We spoke with founder Jimmy Cantillon about the festival’s inception and its benefits for the artists who participate:

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Opportunities On Tap: Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, College News Magazine, WXOU college radio, and Temecula Valley International Film Festival

Check out a sample of the opportunities we have going on this week:

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Gulf Coast Jam

 

Location: Multiple Available

Genre: All

This year’s Southern Original Competition will be selecting 100 ReverbNation bands who will compete for 10 spots at the official Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. Artists in ten different cities will have the chance to play their way to the main stage at the festival, where one finalist will open for Warner Music Nashville recording artist and judge of The Voice, Blake Shelton. The grand prize also includes recording time, a music video shoot, and three days hotel accommodations.

Submit today to play your way onto the main stage.

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Fast Five: Ground Up Brings Philly Hip-Hop to Atlanta’s A3C Hip Hop Festival

We sat down with Bij Lincs, AZAR and MALAKAI, members of Philly hip-hop trio Ground Up, to learn a little more about the group’s rising success. Most importantly, their 2013 debut at A3C, the biggest hip-hop festival in the US. Ground Up has opened up for renowned artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Asher Roth, Rick Ross, Chiddy Bang, The Nappy Roots, Meek Millz, Gucci Mane, and Chris Webby. They recently released a track with rapper G-Eazy, and are prepping for their first full-length album release in fall 2014. Read on and find out what the group’s experience was like, and find out how you could play the 2014 A3C Circuit Tour.

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Opportunities On Tap: A3C’s The Circuit Tour 2014, the AU Review, Montclair State University’s Underground Radio, and the 9th Annual Six Flags Caribbean Concert

Check out a sample of the opportunities we have going on this week:

Battle it out for a spot at one of hip-hop’s biggest festivals

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Location: Multiple Available
Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap

Don’t miss your chance to perform in front of hip-hop’s most important influencers at this year’s A3C Festival in Atlanta, GA. Some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop have been a part of this 5-day festival, including Ghostface Killah, Kendrick Lamar, Questlove, and Madlib. This year, A3C is looking for four to eight (4-8) artists to perform for industry tastemakers in nine major cities hosting e The Circuit tour. The winner of each city’s showcase will receive an all-expenses-paid spot at the main festival.

Hip-hop’s best will be there — will you?

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More than 400 ReverbNation Artists Take the Stage at Canadian Music Week 2014

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Canadian Music Week kicks off today, and more than 400 ReverbNation Artists will be performing during the five-night event in Toronto.

CMW chose 60 bands exclusively through ReverbNation opportunities to take the stage for fans and industry pros.

CMW hits just as festival season is heating up. A panel you won’t want to miss is “How to Get Booked for a Festival Even if Nobody Knows Who You Are.” This is your chance to hear from festival directors, artist managers and industry veterans who can give you advice on what talent buyers look for when they book, how to submit to them, what should be in your press kit, what to expect from the performance and a whole lot more! The hour-long panel will take place Friday, May 9 at 12 p.m.

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#RNOpps Roundup: NBC’s The VOICE, Vans Warped Tour 2014, KahBang Music, Art & Film Festival, Devilstone Open Air Festival

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s fresh new opportunities on ReverbNation

Skip the lines to audition for NBC’s The VOICE

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Location: Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; Washington DC
Genre: All

Get discovered by millions of people! Five artists will be selected to skip the line and audition for The Voice, one of the biggest vocal competitions in the world. Compete on TV and receive coaching from some of the most respected names in music, such as Adam Levine, Usher, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. Take this opportunity to share your music and your story with the world.

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