Review – The Unsigned Guide – Bands on Demand

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The Unsigned Guide

We came across The Unsigned Guide by accident but saw the quote from PRS “The Unsigned Guide has become the must have for anyone starting out in the music industry.”

Well, that did the trick so we thought we’d check it out for ourselves. Obviously, there is a synergy between what we are trying to do with Bands on Demand, helping grassroots and unsigned music acts and what The Unsigned Guide is doing.

I made contact with Jamie from the site and he kindly gave me 24 hour access so I could have a proper look around.

The first thing I can tell you is that 24 hours wasn’t enough. The site is extensive and has a great deal of resources. I started by letting the simple but effective tips pop up show me what the site was all about.

There is a huge directory of services, 8366 to be precise and 50 categories for you to peruse. The main headers are:

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  • Artist Managers
  • Creative and Branding
  • Finance, Law and Music Business
  • Live
  • Media
  • Music Publishing
  • Music Careers and Training
  • Record Labels
  • Recording and Production
  • Distributing Your Music

Once you get into the main categories there are further sub categories to help you. There has to be, because the database is extensive. As an example, the Recording and Production listings contain over 1000 entries.

The site is intuitive and easy to use. I found my way around without any problems, although I need to spend longer on there to really explore what is on offer.

On top of all the directory listings and contacts, there are three other parts of the site that are really useful.

The first is the advice pages. There are a huge number of articles to help you in your career. Each of the advice pages I read were well-written, extensive and valuable and will be worth the subscription alone. For example, multiple music industry reports, Band Management – Get it Right, Guide to Music Industry Agreements, Guide to Releasing an Album, Quick Guide to Getting Your Band on the Radio and many, many more.

The second is the spotlight area, where you can upload your music etc to get noticed. There is plenty of coverage so its possible to get some serious PR out there via the site. Each month the site takes the 5 best tracks submitted by their members and champions them on their Spotlight blog and on their radio show on Amazing Radio. Not only that

“As well as exposure on our blog and radio airplay, the songs featured on Spotlight every month are sent onto a select bunch of music industry professionals who guarantee to listen. Ranging from contacts at record labels, PR companies, new music blogs & magazines, radio DJs & producers, established gig promoters, managers, music publishers and sync agencies, plus festival and event organisers.”

Last but not least is the projects area, where you can build your own mini database with gigs, contacts etc.

The pricing is very reasonable and definitely good value as shown below.

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Overall, The Unsigned Guide looks well worth the cost for any music band. £29.99 per year is less than I expected it to cost and I will be taking out a subscription myself (no freebies here!) and making the most of everything the site has to offer.

You should too.

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