Winner of 2017 Battle of the Bands Will Perform at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. ORLANDO, FLA., February 23, 2017 – Hard Rock International is calling on emerging musicians to take center stage for the chance to play during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium! As part of this year’s Hard Rock Rising, the most far-reaching battle of the bands competition, artists and music acts at more than 125 Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel, and Casino properties across the globe will drop a beat or sing their hearts out for this once-in- a-lifetime opportunity. Beginning on Thursday, March 2 until Thursday, March 30, 2017, Hard Rock, in partnership with ReverbNation, will open online registration at HardRockRising.com for interested musicians wishing to participate in the global battle. As part of the competition, all finalists will receive $1,000 USD, a Fender instruments prize pack, and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack of the artist’s latest recording or video from Bison Disc.

“Hard Rock Rising is a one-of- a-kind global competition that provides an opportunity for aspiring artists of all genres to showcase their talent and connect with new fans,” said Shailyne Berges, Marketing Manager at Hard Rock International. “Musicians in more than 70 countries around the globe entered Hard Rock Rising and nearly 175,000 votes were cast by fans in the wildcard round in 2016. This year’s competition is sure to be just as fierce, and we’re looking forward to putting the winning artist on the fast-track to success with a performance in front of thousands at Hard Rock Stadium.”

Rising to the Challenge – The Road to Hard Rock Stadium

Following open registration, entrants will receive a unique URL to share, encouraging their fans to vote online. The act who receives the largest number of online votes will become the wildcard “winner” for their local Hard Rock. The online voting period runs from Monday, May 1 through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

The top three acts and one wildcard “winner” in each market will perform as part of the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition, taking place around the world between Thursday, May 18 and Thursday, May 25, 2017. A panel of international music industry professionals will then narrow the local cafe winners down to four regional finalists and one global grand prize winner. All finalists will receive $1,000 USD, a Fender instruments prize pack, and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack of the artist’s latest recording or video from Bison Disc. Additionally, the grand prize winner will perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium and get a chance to create a professionally-produced music video, which will be added to Hard Rock’s world-wide video system.

“Hard Rock and ReverbNation share the same passion for music, and we are dedicated to supporting hard-working artists that keep the spirit and energy of the craft alive,” said Simon Perry, Chief Creative Officer at ReverbNation.

“Hard Rock Rising is an incredible opportunity for serious, unsigned musicians worldwide.”

ReverbNation, the global leader in providing independent musicians with the tools to manage every aspect of their careers, has partnered with Hard Rock again to host the seventh Hard Rock Rising competition. ReverbNation’s unique platform and extensive community of more than 4 million artists in more than 100 countries worldwide provides undiscovered artists with a chance to catapult their music careers and expose themselves to Hard Rock’s global audience.

What Can I Win?
Local Finalists (Local winners): Each Local Finalist band will receive $1,000 USD.

Four (4) Regional winners: Each Regional Winner will receive a Fender instruments prize pack and a 1000 CD/DVD pack of the band’s latest recording/video from Bison Disc.

One (1) Grand Prize winner: The Grand Prize Winner receives all of the above plus up to $25,000 USD towards a professionally produced music video and a trip to Miami Garden’s, Florida USA to perform at halftime at Hard Rock Stadium between September 2017 – December 2017.

For full rules and more information on Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands, please visit www.HardRockRising.com.