The Unsigned Guide is an online contacts directory and careers guide for the UK music industry. The service was founded in 2003, originally as a printed directory, which became a solely online service in late 2011. The Guide’s mandate is specifically aimed at emerging bands, artists, music managers and covers all the main areas of the industry including: record labels, music publishers, PR companies, recording studios to radio stations, gig promoters and music distribution
This publication is a souped-up Yellow Pages; the listings contain a huge amount of information including the contact name, email, website, social media links, postal address and telephone number. As the music industry is one of the worst for the mantra ‘it’s who you know, not what you know’, this service does allow you to skip the difficult part of relying on chance to set you straight and does, at least, allow you to aim your networking and calls, as well as giving you contacts who could create album art, or a video or even give you law tips!
Both PRS (Performing Rights Society) and the MU (Musician’s Union) who are entirely behind promoting, protecting and nurturing new talent see it as an invaluable tool. There are, in fact, a stream of wildly positive testimonials from a variety of huge magazine, companies and distribution names on the site.
For something so useful you would expect to have to pay through the nose. There are different pricing plans monthly/quarterly/annually with (unsurprisingly) a year being the cheapest option. As the music industry twists and changes more than ever it is worth signing up for a longer period of time as part of the Guide’s service is that it maintains current and accurate listings.
This is the perfect tool for any band or artist that is ambitious enough to actually want to try their hand at making it. The Unsigned Guide does not guarantee a successful music career but it will give anyone who uses it a significant advantage over people that do not.
You can check out more details here The Unsigned Guide