Help us celebrate 10 years of The Unsigned Guide!

News: 1st March 2013 by Louise Dodgson under Artist Managers, Creative & Branding, Finance, Law & Music Business, Live, Media, Music Publishing, Music Training & Careers, Record Labels, Recording & Production, Selling & Distributing Your Music

Since publishing our very first music industry directory in 2003, The Unsigned Guide has become an essential resource for aspiring bands & artists, producers in the making, music students, plus new record labels, promoters starting out and anyone else working towards a career in the music business.
We want to involve you in our 10th birthday celebrations by giving something back! Throughout the whole of March anyone signing up to The Unsigned Guide’s service will receive an extra birthday bonus in the form of a bundle of money-saving discounts for a variety of music services essential for any band or artist, featuring exclusive deals from Dawsons Music, UK Music Jobs, Castle Rock Studios, Awesome Merchandise, Media Plant, Ditto Music and 360 Mastering. If you're already a current member of The Unsigned Guide, just contact us & we'll send you over the discounts too.
And that’s not all! We will also be holding a prize draw on our official birthday, Wednesday 20th March, where 10 lucky members will be randomly selected & awarded with superb treats including a free upgrade to lifetime access to The Unsigned Guide, a digital album or EP release, a 3 month subscription to Record Of The Day and a premium SoundCloud account. One extra special winner out of the 10 will also receive a subscription to The Fly and a pair of tickets to Leeds/Reading Festival in August! So keep an eye on our website and on your inboxes to see if you're one of the lucky 10!
So the time has never been better to sign up to The Unsigned Guide! But before you do, let us tell you more about the services provided by those companies who have very generously offered discounts as part of our birthday celebrations:

Originally founded in 1898, Dawsons Music are the longest serving music retailers in the UK and have 12 branches located throughout the country.  All stores stock a wide selection of products, including acoustic & electric guitars, amps & effects, pianos & keyboards, drums & percussion, PA & DJ equipment, orchestra instruments, sheet music books and the very latest in music technology.
Music Jobs UK provide job listings for music professionals seeking jobs in music, as well as employers seeking musicians and bands in the UK music industry.

Situated in the heart of Cheshire’s village, Alderley Edge, Castle Rock Studios is a truly inspiring experience, boasting the only commercially available studio in the North West to have an SSL AWS924 desk, full ADAM 5.1 monitoring, 5 live rooms, isolation booth and edit suite, Pro Tools 10HDX and fully treated rehearsal spaces.
Awesome Merchandise Ltd. is a diverse print and merchandise business set up in 2005, priding themselves on flexibility, friendly service and quality, whilst striving to keep the cost of products at a price that suits your pocket!
Media Plant is a leading CD Duplication & Replication specialist based in Swindon. They have worked with thousands of bands, musicians and solo artists and offer a lightening quick turnaround and high quality products to accompany your sound.
Ditto Music distribute your music online and into the charts. They were responsible for the first ever unsigned artist (Koopa) to break the UK top 40 singles chart in 2007. They now distribute over 30,000 artists including Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney and Finch.

360 Mastering is one of the UK's leading mastering studios and their credits feature on many hundreds of hits globally and from across the musical spectrum. These include dozens of number one's, platinum singles and albums, and Brit and Grammy award winners and nominees. Notable mastering highlights from 2012 include Alt-J 'An Awesome Wave' (Mercury Music Prize Winner), Enter Shikari 'A Flash Flood Of Colour' (AIM Independent Album Of The Year) and the platinum-selling and Brit nominated Paloma Faith 'Fall To Grace'. Alongside major label releases 360 Mastering have also completed singles and albums for numerous independent music companies and self-releasing artists and bands, and continue to support emerging or unsigned talent.

Record of the Day is the music industry's favourite daily digest providing a raft of original and aggregated news from all UK and international media outlets, encompassing press and online.

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