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How do unsigned bands get to play at big festivals?

Blog: 9th July 2009 by Louise Dodgson under Live

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

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
Source: Flickr Creative Commons

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
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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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Life before The Unsigned Guide

Blog: 14th May 2009 by Louise Dodgson
Source: The Unsigned Guide

Believe it or not, there was a time before The Unsigned Guide came into existence and shone a guiding light over the music industry from a grassroots perspective. This was also a time when the never-ending array of music websites dishing out free advice and handy hints to musicians which we have grown accustomed to today was decidedly more limited. It is hard to imagine how things have changed in such grand terms since the start of this decade; not only the digital developments which mean bands can now release and distribute their own material and promote themselves to fans and new audiences around the world, but the general upsurge of the unsigned scene which has multiplied massively, giving rise to the likes of Orange, Red Stripe, Diesel and many other major brands wanting to grab a piece of the action through various emerging competitions and initiatives.

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