Summerfest and ReverbNation align to Launch Free Artist Submission Platform for “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in 2015

DURHAM, North Carolina – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and ReverbNation today announced a three-year agreement commencing with Summerfest 2015.  This strategic alliance makes ReverbNation the exclusive online submission platform for musical artists interested in performing at Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival.”

Started in 1968, Summerfest has joined together the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world. Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, over 800 acts give over 1,000 performances across the 11-day festival performing music spanning all genres, from alternative rock to country, R&B, Top 40, classic rock, reggae and everything in between.  Artists that would like the chance to perform at Summerfest can submit at ReverbNation.com now through March 31, 2015 for FREE.

ShellySummerfest and ReverbNation align to Launch Free Artist Submission Platform for “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in 2015
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ReverbNation Artists Make the Cut on Music Connection’s Hot 100 Unsigned Acts

The tastemakers at Music Connection recently released the results of their Hot 100 Unsigned Acts list, an annual tradition that compiles their favorite emerging Artists in the indie world. Curated by music journalists, talent buyers, A&R reps, music attorneys, and other industry specialists, the list has to come to represent a who’s-who of unsigned talent. This year, more than 50 ReverbNation Artists were included on the list, and we’ve got music from at least one Artist in every genre that made the cut here for your listening pleasure, as well as direct links to music from the other ReverbNation Artists. To see the full list, click here.

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Press Release: ReverbNation Spins Out AdWerx as Standalone Entity

DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 13, 2015  — ReverbNation today announced a strategic spin-off of its online advertising services division into a standalone corporate entity, AdWerx, Inc. The newly separated company, focused on making digital advertising simple for small businesses, will continue its expansion into new industries that had been planned prior to the spin-off. ReverbNation co-founder and President, Jed Carlson, will leave ReverbNation to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of AdWerx. Michael Doernberg will remain the Chief Executive Officer of ReverbNation.

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions: #ArtistsFirst

2015 is only hours away so we went around the office and asked a few employees about their Artists First resolutions. Of course, as a company we’re focused on helping to advance Artists’ careers. And we’ll have a lot to share on that in the coming months. But for now, take a look at what’s on the mind of a few ReverbNation staffers as midnight approaches.

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Best of 2014 Staff Lists

Every year around the end of November, conversations start to percolate around the office: “Did you hear…?” “Did you see…?” So, the tradition continues of compiling our favorite albums, songs, moments, or whatever else we dug this year into a much-loved, much-debated list. We hope you enjoy ours, and please share your favorites of 2014 with us below!

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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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Digital Distribution Checklist: Getting Your Release Ready for iTunes, Spotify, and More

Getting your music onto services like iTunes and Spotify is essential to an independent Artist’s complete web presence. We’re proud to offer our Artists a quick and affordable method of digital distribution, and we want to help make sure that your release won’t get rejected by the retailers’ strict guidelines.

With that in mind, we put together a final checklist to make sure that your release meets those requirements and doesn’t end up delayed. Watch the following video, or check out the highlights below.

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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.

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