Hard Rock International and Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park are 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. Online registration is through March 30 at HardRockRising.com for interested musicians. As part of the competition, all finalists will receive $1,000, 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."

Registered entrants will receive a unique URL to share with 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 May 1 through May 6.

The top three acts and one wildcard "winner" in each market, including Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, will perform as part of the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition, taking place around the world between May 18 and May 25. Hard Rock Rocksino will hold its local battle May 18, in Club Velvet.

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. 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.

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