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

Do you ever wonder who submits to those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? Do you wonder who gets picked to perform or chosen for a feature? We thought you might. Our monthly Breaking Artists newsletter features a sampling of those artists, along with this nice and shiny blog post you’re reading right now. The whole Reverb community will get the newsletter (all 2,000,000+ of them). Yep, it’s kind of a big deal.

Please, support your fellow musicians by listening to their music and sending them kudos in the comments!

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

Rocking Out at Iceland Airwaves…

Singer/songwriter Ghost Town Jenny.

The Foreign Resort

Alternative band The Foreign Resort.

Ghost Town Jenny and The Foreign Resort will play the Iceland Airwaves annual music festival in Reykjavík. The five-day festival has been called “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.”

“I am just over the moon about playing our first major music festival, especially when it’s in such a magical place like Iceland! I will be forever grateful to ReverbNation for being the platform we needed to get our music heard by more people…” 

-Ghost Town Jenny

“We have not played Iceland Airwaves before, so this is going to be a great experience for us. We thought it would be a long-shot, so we were absolutely thrilled to get the acceptance email! (…) We have now started applying to more opportunities through ReverbNation as we are now also seeing a lot of great opportunities that are in line with our goals.” 

-The Foreign Resort

Performed at Reverb’s Hopscotch Day Party…

Casual Curious at Hopscotch.

Casual Curious performed at ReverbNation’s “United by Music” Hopscotch Music Festival Day Party. Hopscotch is an annual independent music festival held in Raleigh, NC.  This year’s event featured 175 bands that played across 15 venues!

DJ’d the Electric Zoo Main Stage…

Julien Loreto

Toronto-based DJ Julien Loreto.

Julien Loreto performed on the Main Stage at Electric Zoo 2012 in NYC! Check out a short documentary about his experience here. Electric Zoo is an annual electronic music festival held over Labor Day weekend. This year, more than 110,000 people showed up to see the show headlined by Pretty Lights, Above & Beyond, and Skrillex.

“It was my first time DJ’ing at Electric Zoo and it was an honour to perform at such a world class festival. (…) Thank you to Reverbnation and MADE Events for the special experience. Electric Zoo in my heart. Hope to be back next year!.”

-Julien Loreto

Came Together for Make Music New York…

230 ReverbNation artists played Make Music New York.

230 ReverbNation artist performed at the Make Music New York music festival in NYC! The event took place on June 21, the first day of summer, and featured more than 1,000 free concerts throughout New York’s five boroughs. Good going to everyone who came out and participated!

Featured in Substream Music Press…

Come What May

Athens-based prog rock band Come What May.

Come What May got a feature in the Warped issue of Substream Music Press! Substream Music Press focuses on discovering and sharing the best new music– especially the stuff sometimes missed by the mainstream media.

More Winners: The World’s Fare, TreeHouse!, Ajam band, and Alexander Cardinale!

The World's Fare

Prog rock band The World’s Fare performed at the Masquerade Musician’s Showcase in Atlanta.

TreeHouse!

Reggae band TreeHouse! played at the Creative Food Drive in Durham, NC. “ReverbNation has helped us gain gigs, exposure, and press, and has facilitated our exhibition of professionalism throughout this process, with quality RPKs, widgets for our website, and several methods of keeping up with all our fans!”

Ajam band

London-based Ajam band performed during the Olympics at London International Arts Festival!

Alexander Cardinale

Singer/songwriter Alexander Cardinale won a Dream Recording Package from Seagate Creative! “Reverb is my ‘home base’. And it’s the only place I use for my industry EPKs!!!” Follow him @XanderMusic

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

Don’t want to miss out on 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 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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ReverbNation rock band selected for new Dodge Dart commercial

After two months going through a couple rounds of online voting, competing against hundreds of other talented artists, and crafting just the perfect song, Michael Williams Band has been crowned the winner of the Dodge “Inspired By You” contest! Along with the free promotion and the worldwide exposure, this kickass rock band from L.A. will get the amazing opportunity to have their song featured in a new commercial featuring the All-New 2013 Dodge Dart.

If you haven’t had the pleasure to listen to Michael Williams, the lead singer and guitarist who is known for combining blistering guitar licks and intense performance energy with soulful songwriting and a dynamic voice, take the time to do it now. Here’s what Rock’s Back Pages has to say about the band:

“Imagine if Jimi Hendrix came out of Texas. That’s what you’ve got in Mike Williams, lead singer, guitarist, powerhouse. The kind of performer who makes you scream. He’s just outrageous… Williams is the real deal: raw rock power, great voice, powerful stage presence… anything you hear on the record is ten times wilder, heavier and more intense onstage.” read more…

Congrats also to the runners up bands!

Bungled and Botched, bluegrass band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

If Birds Could Fly, folk band from Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

If you like what you hear, make sure to send kudos to your fellow musicians in the comments below!

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Breaking Artists #1: Highlighting winners of performances and feature opportunities

Do you ever wonder who submits to those opportunities you see in your email inbox every week? Do you wonder who gets picked to perform or chosen for a feature? We thought you might so starting this month, we’ll pick a sampling of those artists and send out a new, monthly Breaking Artists newsletter along with this nice and shiny blog post you’re reading right now. The whole Reverb community will get the newsletter (all 2,000,000+ of them). Yep, it’s kind of a big deal.

Please, support your fellow musicians by listening to their music and sending them kudos in the comments!

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

Maren Morris

Singer/songwriter Maren Morris was named “Artist On The Verge” by the esteemed New Music Seminar (NMS), beating 99 other talented artists.

“It was all around a great experience. (…) I thank ReverbNation for giving me the opportunity to be discovered by NMS in the first place!” 

Listen and download Maren’s track Best of Me.

Veilside, Losing Scarlet, and The Heroes Lie

Hard rock bands Veilside (above), Losing Scarlet, and The Heroes Lie played the ReverbNation stage at WIIL Rock Fest 2012. Veilside told us they were honored to be asked back to WIIL Rock’s annual Rock Fest, this year celebrating 20 years of the Radio Station by sharing the stage with 20+ of their favorite acts like, Black Stone Cherry, Texas Hippie Coalition, Fear Factory, Saving Able, Static X, and much more. Listen to Veilside’s Dust in The Wind, Losing Scarlet’s Learning to Bleed, and The Heroes Lie’s I Am a Fighter below.

Late Cambrian

Brooklyn indie rock band Late Cambrian performed at LUCKYRICE Festival 2012 in NYC! Here’s what they have to say about the experience: “We entered the LUCKYRICE Contest a few days after we joined ReverbNation. The head of LUCKYRICE said he listened to over 250 bands before choosing us. It was an honor really! The Festival itself was amazing. Some of the most delicious food we’ve ever tasted! They gave us free passes to 3 of the 5 nights of Luckyrice. Our show, on an outside stage, under the Manhattan Bridge was an awesome thing to be a part of. It was professionally run and we sold a bunch of CDs.”

“Thank you ReverbNation for connecting us with the contest… It was one of the highlights of our time as a band.”

Listen and download Late Cambrian’s track I Gave You My Limit.

D.V.S*

Brooklyn-based guitarist and producer D.V.S* performed at the 2012 Gathering of the Vibes’ Silent Disco. This year’s lineup included big acts like The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and ALO. Definitely sounds like a good crowd to be part of! Listen to D.V.S*’s Shortness of Breath.

Herukhuti Ausar

North Carolina rapper Herukhuti Ausar opened up a SOLD OUT SHOW for Logic and Tayyib Ali at The Roxy in LA! He said: “It was great! I really enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with the Roxy crowd. I got a real good vibe from there and the fans let us know that they enjoyed the performance. GREAT ENERGY!!” Listen to Herukhuti Ausar’s track Carolina:

Eitch, 4onthefloor, Sumilan

Eitch played at Wakarusa Music Festival this year (last year she went as a fan and promised herself she would do everything in her power to play there this year). “I honestly believe that if it weren’t for [ReverbNation’s] update in my inbox, it may have never come to my attention that Wakarusa was gathering their artists in time for me to act.” 

“ReverbNation was definitely the catalyst in making a dream come true.” 

Along with Eitch, 4onthefloor and Sumilan also got the amazing opportunity to play at Wakarusa Festival this past month! Listen to Eitch’s Sun and Moon, 4onthefloor’s On Tuesday, and Sumilan’s How Now Does It Feel below.

The Nearly Deads, One Days Notice, Zak Smith, Slave To The Day

The grunge rock band from Nashville, The Nearly Deads, got a feature in Substream Music Press.

Pop rock band One Days Notice opened for The Offspring at House of Blues Cleveland. “We had an AWESOME time! The Offspring, the crowd, and the House of Blues staff were GREAT!”

NJ rock band Zak Smith opened for Carbon Leaf at Brooklyn Bowl. “It was awesome playing at Brooklyn Bowl with Carbon Leaf, who are an unbelievable band. It’s by far one of the greatest venues to play in NY.” Photo by Vernon Webb.

Metal band Slave To The Day played Dirt Fest 2012 in Birch Run, MI.

Listen to The Nearly Deads’ The Perfect Cure, One Days Notice’s Shake It Out (free download), Zak Smith’s Crawling (free download), and Slaves To The Day’s The Waking below.

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

Don’t want to miss out on 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 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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We need your vote to send our panelists to SXSW 2013!

Vote to send our expert panelists to Austin!

I know, it may seem that South By Southwest Festival was the other day, but believe it or not, we already have our eyes on next year’s festival. Our team has proposed two cutting-edge panel topics to lead at SXSW this coming March… they just need your vote (yeah, I’m talking to you) to get to Austin! ReverbNation staffers have led panels at SXSW for the past three years and are looking forward to making it four straight!

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Follow the links below and give us “thumbs up” for our panel suggestions. Voting ends on August 31st, so please take a moment and vote for us if you can. Anyone may vote. You don’t have to be attending the festival, or even live in the United States! You may vote for both topics.

Why Artist Development Matters: Then and Now by Victoria Camera (ReverbNation) and Jason Lekberg (Eleven Seven Music)

Artist Development is a second thought at the major labels as they rely more and more on hit singles at Radio and on iTunes. But to have a long term successful career, you need artist development to grow your fan base. This panel will talk about all the key elements in artist development.

Link to vote: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/5596

Ditch the Headliner! Big Brands Need Small Guys by Glenn Goldman (ReverbNation)

Brands have traditionally focused on soliciting support from big-name spokespeople for marketing campaigns. The assumption was that paying a lot of money for the right spokesperson was worthwhile due to their embedded network and social status — people ‘look up’ to celebrities because they want to be like them. This panel will reorient this old school logic by concentrating the core ideas and scaling it vertically for larger reach. We’ll propose solutions to attract more fans with less money by empowering the long tail. We’ll learn how to maximize the potential of small groups. The panel looks at the formation of social nodes and identifying the ‘social leaders’. We’ll discuss how non-monetary motivators can solicit better engagement than money. We’ll go in depth on the variety of technical tools available for this approach, including the use of Facebook developer tools and the Facebook API.

Link to vote: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/5879

Thanks!
THE REVERBNATION TEAM

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Musicians and Facebook Timeline: Here’s What Reverb Artists Think [Infographic]

Back at the end of March, all Facebook pages switched to the Timeline layout. We wanted to know what the ReverbNation community thought about the switch, so we reached out with a survey after 30 days… and again after 90 days. If you missed yesterday’s article on Hypebot, take a look at the resulting infographic below then let us know how you feel in the comments (feel free to share it with your community!):

 

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500 ReverbNation Artists Compete for Dodge Dart Commercial: Download, Vote, Help Choose the Winner!

You may know of Dodge as the auto-manufacturer made famous by such marvelous machines as the Charger, Challenger, Super Bee, and the compact-class Dart. Back in the 60s and 70s, these straight-line speedsters exemplified American Muscle: two-doors, 8 cylinders, and more horsepower than a Napoleon parade through the Arc de Triumph. Over the last few years, the company has made a complete overhaul to their current line of autos. This year, “Little brother” Dart returns to market with a new body, new interior, and 21st century features to compete with a growing compact class.

“Why the automobile history lesson on your favorite music marketing blog?”
…Drum roll please….

Dodge "Inspired By You' contest

500 handpicked ReverbNation artists are competing for the chance to represent the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart.  What do we mean by ‘represent’? How about having your song featured in a commerical for the all-new Dart!!

1. SETUP
Dodge’s music experts scoured ReverbNation for the best indie artists in 5 main genres. Thousands of invites were issued, and songs were reviewed based on their creativity, musicianship, and recording quality. The competition was fierce! They received far more submissions than expected. There were thousands of superbly written songs in all genres. Ultimately, they could only choose 500 with the right mix.  Accepted artists were notified and preparations began for an incredible fan-powered contest…

2. VOTE
Beginning today, anyone with a valid Facebook account may vote for an artist by downloading their song: one download = one vote. You may only vote for an artist once, but you can vote/download songs from as many artists as you like. Voting is open for 2 weeks, until July 29 at 11:59pm EDT. The “Inspired By You” Contest is hosted on Dodge’s Facebook Page.

Get FREE Music and Vote »

3. CREATE
Ending July 30, the top 3 highest vote-getters in each genre will become finalists. Along with winning a cash prize, our 15 Finalists will be tasked with writing a brand new song that exemplifies the award-winning all-new 2013 Dodge Dart. They’ll have 3 weeks to conceive, record, produce, and master a single-style ‘Inspired By You’ song. Talk about pressure!

4. PAYOFF
Beginning August 20th, the ‘Inspired By You’ songs from our 15 finalists will be featured on Dodge’s Facebook page for the whole world to hear. Dodge’s panel of music reviewing experts will take one week to review the compositions. They’ll be judged based on creativity, musicianship, and quality. Finally, on August 27, Dodge will announce the two runnerups and a single grand prize winner. They’ll all receive exposure on Dodge’s online properties, but the big ticket item is a solo dance.

The grand prize winning Inspired By You song will earn the amazing opportunity to be featured in a brand new Dodge commercial!

Excited? We are too! So go ahead… explore amazing, curated music on Dodge’s Facebook page and start voting!

Go to the Contest »

 

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How to Better Engage Fans Using our Powerful New Feature ‘Questions’

“Whatever your business is, talk to your customers and
provide them with what they want”

– Robert Bowman, CEO Major League Baseball Advanced Media

For musicians, much the same as with any other business, success comes with knowing your customers or audience. That’s why we created Questions, a brand new feature that allows you to communicate with your fans directly and openly.

Questions is your personal fan forum and it’s FREE. It lets you engage fans of all levels, from those prospective early adopters, to casual listeners, to your core fanbase, to fellow musicians, to the VIPs who want nothing more than to plaster their walls with your posters and follow your every post on Facebook and Twitter. Your fans crave more than just your music; they want to know your history. Some may want to share their own experiences and find ways to relate to you and your music. Questions lets you open the window of communication and build fan relationships.

Josh Brown - Questions Page

A pinch of music, a shot of tour dates, stir in fan questions…

You might think of your profile page as a cocktail. Each ingredient works together harmoniously to build your story and satisfy your fans. Soliciting fan input makes your drink unique and gives your fans a personal stake in it. That’s what makes Questions really special — it is powered by your biggest asset, your fans!

Questions builds your mailing list

After a fan submits a question they are prompted  to join your mailing list. We did this to help grow your fan base with real, committed followers. Fans who ask questions are actively displaying their interest in you and your career. They’ve already raised their hand. These can be the most valuable fans and Questions is designed to help turn them into subscribers/customers. Every question asked is another opportunity to gain a new fan!

Why use Questions?

  • To make strong connections with your fans
  • To have a one-stop location for fan engagement
  • To create and tap into fan dialogue on Facebook and Twitter
  • To increase your fan mailing list — Questions is a powerful list building tool, especially for converting casual fans on Facebook and Twitter into customers you can contact directly.

How does it work? 

1. Invite fans to submit intriguing questions.
2. Post your answers for your entire fanbase.
3. Share your Q&A on Facebook and Twitter. It’s that easy.

*Reverb Tip*: Share each Q&A post 2-3x, at different times during the day, to ensure fans see them in their newsfeed. 

How do I get more questions from fans?

Simple. From the Questions module on your Reverb profile, click the “Share” link to invite Questions via Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can do the same thing from your Questions backpage by clicking the ‘Invite Fan Questions’ link.

We’ve highlighted these links in the screencaps below:

Mac Miller - Profile Page

Jana Mashonee

*Reverb Tip*: Invite Fan Questions at least once a week to keep your Q&A fresh and your fans coming back for more!

How do I get started?

This feature is turned on by default. View and manage your questions and answers from the My Home > Question tab in your artist Control Room. You can turn off this feature by unchecking the questions module in the ‘Customize’ section of your artist profile.

Invite questions on Facebook and Twitter to kick start your personal fan forum. Start using this FREE new feature today!

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Bands: Target Ads at Fans Based on What They’re Listening to on Spotify, Rdio, Facebook & more

If your band sounds like The Flaming Lips, wouldn’t it be great if you could promote your music to people who are actually listening to The Flaming Lips on Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Deezer, or MySpace?

Now you can!

We’ve taken our Promote It Facebook advertising solution (which, by the way, has been used over 100,000 times by artists since it’s launch lasts August!) and amped it up a level. Now you can target your ads to the fans of artists with a similar sound…when those fans are actually listening to that similar artist (or at least soon after.)

Choosing similar Artists is the key!

When you set up a Promote It campaign, we ask you to name up to five ‘similar artists’ whose fans might be receptive to discovering your music.  We then use that info to not only target fans who have listed those similar artists as a ‘like or interest,’ but who have also recently listened to them on Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Deezer, or MySpace.

 

 

 

This is huge!  After all, the best time to tell someone “If you like Artist X, you might like Artist Y” is when that person is engaging with (or has recently engaged with) Artist X.

Now, to be clear, we’re not able to target the ads to show up only at the very instant that the fan is listening on one of those services (although that can happen).  We’re targeting fans who have listened  ‘recently’ as defined by Facebook.

Easy and “baked in”

This targeting tech has been ‘baked in’ to all of our existing Promote It campaigns, and ANY Artist can try it for as little as $25 per campaign (our minimum).  Artists don’t need to pay anything additional, or check any new boxes, this amped-up targetting comes standard.

How can you use it?

1. Promote a Song
The new targeting shows ads to people who have recently listened to a similar artist on one of the five sites mentioned above, driving them to a landing page where the fan can play a song by the new artist and download the song in exchange for a “like” and, potentially, a share and their email address.

2.  Promote a Facebook Page
Same as above, but a click sends people to a Facebook page of the Artist’s choosing — including your Band Profile page.

3.  Promote a Show
Same as above, but it targets only fans that live near the upcoming concert being promoted.  It directs them to a landing page that allows them to play music from all the Artists on the show bill and prompts the fan to RSVP and buy tickets (or get them for free if the Artist does a ticket give-away).

Bottom line? If you sound like Radiohead, now you can advertise to their fans when they’re still humming “Lotus Flower.” Think you’re the next Skrillex? Put your ad in front of his devotees right after they’ve blasted “Bangarang.”

Now you can reach new fans right when they’re primed, pumped and ready to discover their next favorite artist — YOU! 

Try PROMOTE IT today.

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