So by now I'm sure most of you have heard about Rock Band Network. For those of you that haven't I would suggested checking out this thread. Now I'll give you a moment to let that sink in.
Pretty amazing, right? RBN brings a whole new level of empowerment to bands and fans a like, and grants them a greater level of control over what you will see available as DLC in the coming months. The response to RBN has been overwhelmingly positive and we're thrilled to see so many of you on the forums taking an active roll in this initiative, even those of you that aren't in bands.
Many of you have already started contacting bands that you know and love, spreading the word of RBN to those groups that you hope to see in RB at some point. That is awesome. But there's been a bit of confusion between bands and fans and we wanted to provide a few suggestions to help make the process as smooth as possible for all involved.
If contacting band be sure to be honest and clear. Let them know that you are a fan of Rock Band and a fan of their music and let them know that you'd love to see them in Rock Band.
The best thing you can do is point them to any of the links below, as that will provide all of the information that bands should need to get involved with RBN.
RBN Press Release - http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=152225
RBN Creators Club - http://creators.rockband.com/
RB Support Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't spam bands that you'd like to see in RBN. Nobody likes getting their inbox flooded, and I can't imagine that getting 100 emails from the same person will make any band want to rush over to check out RBN. Email them once, be polite, and encourage your friends to do the same.
I've included a short little template below that you can feel free to cut and paste if contacting bands about RBN.
“Hey [Band / Label Name Here], have you heard of the Rock Band Network yet? It’s an initiative that gives bands and labels the ability to bring their own music to the video game Rock Band. I’m a huge fan of Rock Band and I’d love to see some of your songs in the game. You can head over to http://creators.rockband.com/ for more info. I hope to see you in Rock Band soon!”
Ferocious Q posted a similar template which would also be a good starting point for contacting people who may not be familiar with RBN or even with RB.
Again, we think it's awesome that there's already been so much activity surrounding the announcement of RBN, but we've still got a lot to do before everything is up and running. We want to help make sure that everyone is on the same page as we move into the Beta stage, and we hope to provide bands and fans with clear and concise info whenever possible.
If you have any questions about RBN or contacting bands please do not hesitate to send a PM to one of the HMX people you see on the forums and we'll be happy to help you out in any way that we can.
Thanks so much for being a part of the Rock Band Network! Whether you know it or not, you're already involved.