About The Unsigned Guide
Our team conduct research all year round to check that listings in The Unsigned Guide are current, as well as constantly adding new company listings to the directory. As soon as we are informed of changes by a company we can amend their listing details as necessary within minutes and this shows live for all our members to see straight away so you always have access to the most current information possible.
The Unsigned Guide contains listings for 50 areas of the music industry, grouped into main sections including Artist Managers, Creative & Branding, Finance, Law & Music Business, Live, Media, Music Publishing, Music Training & Careers, Record Labels, Recording & Production, and Selling & Distributing Your Music. Take a tour of the directory and hover over any of the main sections on the left of the page to view the sub-sections within each one.
All companies included in The Unsigned Guide have given their approval to be listed with us. Unfortunately, there are always going to be companies that don't return our emails or calls, and if we cannot get through to them, then we will not list them without their permission. Although we endeavour to hunt out and contact all relevant companies for inclusion in The Unsigned Guide, it is a never-ending task! There will always be new businesses or ones we haven't come across yet that we would love to include so if you think we have missed anything important please let us know. Contact our Research Manager with any suggestions you may have.
In 2011 we decided to concentrate entirely on our online directory and not to produce any more printed editions of The Unsigned Guide as we felt there were far more advantages and a greater future scope for using the listings online, rather than in a printed format. Primarily, we are able to keep the listings more current and members can see any changes we make to listings immediately. We have also been able to introduce many new features allowing members to save, manage and organise the listings in a way that suits them, plus it is much easier for members to find exactly what they are looking for with our many online search filters; much simpler than browsing through pages in the book. We have many more developments planned for the online directory in the future which would have been limited or, in some cases, impossible for a printed format. And finally, it is much better for the environment!
You can read more about the ideas behind The Unsigned Guide, how it got started and how it has developed in our blog post 'Life Before The Unsigned Guide'. The Unsigned Guide was first published in 2003 as a printed directory and a revised edition was issued every subsequent year. In 2008 we introduced an online version of the directory in beta to accompany the printed edition, and in 2011 we decided to concentrate solely on our online directory and stopped producing printed copies. Our full series catalogue can be seen below.
- The Unsigned Guide North West Edition 1 (2003, ISBN 0-9544601-0-3)
- The Unsigned Guide North West Edition 2 (2004, ISBN 0-9544601-1-1)
- The Unsigned Guide Greater London Edition 1 (2005, ISBN 0-9544601-2-X)
- The Unsigned Guide UK Edition 1 (2006, ISBN 0-9544601-3-8)
- The Unsigned Guide UK Edition 2 (2007, ISBN 0-9544601-4-6)
- The Unsigned Guide UK Edition 3 (2008, ISBN 0-9544601-5-4)
- The Unsigned Guide UK Edition 4 (2010, ISBN 0-9544601-6-2)
- The Unsigned Guide Online (October 2011)