HARD ROCK RISING

BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONTEST 2017

Hard Rock Rising 2017 is a global music showcase for local/unsigned acts, taking place this spring in over 125 participating Hard Rock locations around the world. Three (3) ReverbNation artists will be selected by each local cafe/hotel and one (1) “wildcard” will be chosen by fans via online voting. Winners from each local Hard Rock will be submitted to the panel of industry judges to determine the regional and grand prize winners.

Each local winner will receive a $1000 cash prize. Four (4) Regional winners to receive a Fender Instruments Prize Pack and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack courtesy of Bison Disc. Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to Miami Gardens, Florida to perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium and professionally-produced music video.

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OFFICIAL RULES

FAQ

What is Hard Rock Rising 2017?

Hard Rock Rising 2017 is a global music showcase for local/unsigned acts, taking place this spring in over 125 participating Hard Rock locations around the world. Three (3) ReverbNation artists will be selected by each local cafe/hotel and one (1) “wildcard” will be chosen by fans via online voting. Winners from each local Hard Rock will be submitted to the panel of industry judges to determine the regional and grand prize winners. Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands was created by Hard Rock in collaboration with ReverbNation.

Who can register for the competition?

Hard Rock Rising 2017 is open to all artists whose location – as indicated on their ReverbNation account profile – is within one of the countries listed in the Official Rules. See the full list of participating locations in the Official Rules. To register, artists must create a free ReverbNation profile (or be an existing ReverbNation artist). Artists may only register to compete at ONE location.

Is there an age requirement?

YES. All entrants must be 16 or older. Since the grand prize involves international travel, we need all participants to be legal adults.  In the event that any of the grand prize winners are deemed minors in their country of residence, then one (1) parent or legal guardian of a minor in the band may accompany the winners as a chaperone for all minors in the band and may be included in the Grand Prize.  Additional parents or legal guardians may accompany the winning artist(s) at their own expense.

How much does it cost to enter?

Nothing. It's free! We wouldn't have it any other way.

When does the contest begin and how long does it last?

Registration starts on March 2nd and runs until March 30th. One “wildcard” performer (determined by online vote) will be announced for each location on May 11th. Each location’s full list of performers will be announced on May 11th. The battle of the bands event takes place at each participating Hard Rock during May 18th – 25th though some locations may elect to have preliminary events to help determine who they’ll have play the main event. The regional and grand prize winners will be announced on June 14th.

How many live competition rounds are there?

Hard Rock Rising 2017 is a global music showcase which takes place May 18th – 25th. It’s not a typical “battle of the bands”. Some participating locations may – at their sole discretion – choose to host some preliminary events to help them determine who would best represent their area during the month of May.

How are artists selected to participate?

Artists may enter the contest here. Hard Rock and ReverbNation will select the artists who will perform live at participating Hard Rock locations based on the quality of their submission song and how active they are in their local music scene.

How does the “wildcard” voting work?

Though artists will be hand-selected to perform by Hard Rock and ReverbNation, each location will also invite one “wildcard” performer to join the show. This act will be determined through online voting at hardrockrising.com beginning on May 1st. Only the top vote-getter for each location is guaranteed a slot to perform, so be sure to mobilize your fans!

Who is allowed to vote?

Anyone! Fans worldwide can vote for any band in the competition. There is no restriction by location.

Can I ask my fans to vote for me?

Absolutely. We encourage artists to invite their fans, friends and family to cast votes by visiting hardrockrising.com.

Can fans vote on mobile devices?

Fans may vote from any device that has access to the web. Note that the voting experience is optimized for the most popular mobile devices, so it may not work seamlessly on older, outdated models. If your fans are having trouble voting on mobile, you might try instructing them to access your voting page from a desktop computer.

What can I win?

Each local café winner will receive $1,000 USD. Regional winners (4 total) will be selected from the local winners by a panel of industry judges and receive: a 1,000 count CD/DVD package of their recordings and/or video from Bison Disc and instruments courtesy of Fender. The overall grand prize winner (selected from the 4 regional winners) will receive all the above, and a professionally-produced music video ($10,000 USD value) that will be added to the Hard Rock Cafe video rotation in their region (this is a massive amount of video exposure). The grand prize winner will also receive a trip to perform a halftime show at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Anything else I need to know?

We’re looking for original material only – no covers, please.