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5 nuggets of music career advice for unsigned bands

Blog: 17th July 2009 by Louise Dodgson under Artist Managers
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DIY. Yes, those three letters do crop up on a regular basis when we talk about music these days! And quite rightly so. As the music industry (as we know it!) is turned on its head, unsigned bands and artists have never been in a better position to forge their way into the limelight and a great deal of the work can be achieved under your own steam.

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How do unsigned bands get to play at big festivals?

Blog: 9th July 2009 by Louise Dodgson under Live
Source: www.efestivals.co.uk/.../reviews-overview.shtml

So, it’s that time of year again....festival time! And again you are left thinking to yourself ‘Why aren’t my band playing a slot on this stage in front of thousands of people?!’ Well, the answer is...there’s nothing to stop you!

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The Unsigned Guide's Quick-Start Guide To Band Management

Blog: 23rd June 2009 by Louise Dodgson under Artist Managers
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Band Management isn't easy - but if you plan lots then your executions can be really effective. Here at The Unsigned Guide we give you some top tips on how to use the book to help you manage, and manage well.

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This is a guest post by my friend Dave Haynes, UK Manager of Soundcloud. They’re on the lookout for great people to work with them, and it’s inspired him to write this really useful and quite inspiring post. If this whole lecturing, research and consulting thing doesn’t pan out for me, I might just apply.

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The Beginner's Guide to MySpace

Blog: 21st May 2009 by Stef Loukes under Media
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Even with the rapid growth of such social networking portals such as Facebook and Twitter in recent years and months, MySpace is still the best place online to showcase your music, alert readers of upcoming gigs and connect with fans.

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Death of the record store?

Blog: 14th May 2009 by Louise Dodgson under Selling & Distributing Your Music
Source: http://www.kingbeerecords.co.uk/pics/large/kingbee_records_%20shop_john_mccready.jpg / http://www.urban75.org/photos/wales/images/spillers-cardiff-01.jpg

It certainly has been a turbulent few years for the UK’s, in fact the world’s, independent record shops. Once an institution amongst teenagers and music lovers of all generations; the place to be seen sifting through releases old and new on a Saturday afternoon, they now struggle against the tide of download, file-sharing and streaming sites to maintain their rightful position in the musical food chain.

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