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Unsigned Resources To Kickstart Your 2018!

As the chocolate and roasted potato haze of December rises and you adjust your blurred vision to the new horizons of 2018, you might need a gentle push in the right direction to kickstart your quest for world domination. Well don't fear, because we've compiled a handy list of the best resources for DIY musicians, and unsigned and emerging acts to set you on your way.


You're probably already well aware of the Beeb's platform for emerging artists. Since its launch in 2007, it has helped to propel countless artists into the mainstream including the likes of Florence + The Machine, Slaves, Everything Everything, Loyle Carner and George Ezra. In fact, 58% of the acts that performed at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2017 initially uploaded their music to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader. So if you haven't already signed up and sent your music into your local show, what are you waiting for? 

Tom Robinson's Fresh On The Net website is another lovely way to get your tracks to music industry ears. Songs sent in by independent musicians are whittled down to 5 'Fresh Faves' each week, to be duly featured on the website. Make sure that you also check out the free advice section for some pointers on making and promoting music  


Amazing Radio is dedicated to playing music solely from new and emerging talent, so it is a great way to get some airplay for your latest release. There are specialist shows across the entire musical spectrum, including our very own Spotlight Show (aired on the second Monday of every month), so there are opportunities galore to get your music to some new ears. All songs that feature on Amazing Radio have been uploaded to to be rated by the online community and the music team, so head over there and get uploading those gems.


Music Glue's direct to fan platform is used by over 38,000 artists worldwide to sell tickets, music, merchandise, experiences and more. As well as simplifying the e-commerce side of things for independent acts, Music Glue can also provide free, fully-customisable website templates, newsletter mailouts and tracking/reporting tools. If that isn't enough, there are live opportunities aplenty on their Apply to Play blog, providing artists with the means to send free applications to a bunch of music festivals including Kendal Calling, Live at Leeds, bluedot, Focus Wales and The Great Escape.


It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to music funding, but don't give up! If you know where to look, there are countless resources to help make the whole shebang a bit less daunting. I've listed some of our favourites below: 

Help Musicians UK have put together a great Funding Wizard to help with finding the funding most relevant to your act:

Famous Co.'s free funding guide is also a great place to start:

Here at The Unsigned Guide we’ve also collated our own 37 page guide to help you out. Get your free copy of our Essential Guide to Music Funding here.


The wonderful world of music publishing is tricky to navigate but it shouldn't be ignored as it can be a vital source of income for artists in the early stages of their careers. From playing your music live at gigs to getting a spin on the radio for your latest release, Sentric Music can gather the royalties you’re owed. If you really don't know where to start on claiming royalties, they can put in the legwork for you, as well as providing sync and licensing opportunities for your music. They also run a super blog that helps to make sense of all that publishing jargon that you hate, as well as a truck load of other general tips for independent artists.

The Musicians' Union's 30,000 or so members benefit from contract, careers and legal advice, insurance, training and networking opportunities. Their website has full details of their services and some great advice on working in the music industry. You can look back on our Q&A with the MU's Jo Laverty here covering everything Musicians' Union can assist you with, from getting fair pay for gigs to recording contracts.


Music Minds Matter is a free support line and service for the UK music community lead by music charity Help Musicians UK. They can offer emotional support, information, guidance and signposting to additional services that could be of help. If you feel you need a helping hand this year, or just somebody to talk to, you can reach their team of trained advisors 24/7 on 0808 802 8008, or by emailing [email protected].



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