In recent years, there have been an increasing number of struggling musicians who are trying to make it big in the growing industry – even with competitions like The X factor and The Voice; it’s as easy as it’s ever been. In the coming year, Britain sees it’s first celebration of Unsigned music with the Unsigned Music Awards.
Distributing your Music Independently just got eaiser
While the number of unsigned acts in the UK has been growing in the past few years, so has the fan base for this style of artists; with the UMA’s being set up earlier this year and partnering up with music distribution company Spinnup, being an unsigned act in the UK now means you can spread your music across the country.
The UMA’s are also simple to apply for, all you have to do is release your own music to be eligible and be British; the creator of the UMA’s, Simon O’Kelly believes:
It’s now fashionable to be unsigned, where once, it was heavily stigmatised; and thanks to that, it’s now possible to make a career in music whilst unsigned, where once, quite frankly, it wasn’t.
From Unsigned to Global Superstar
Pop music in particular is one of the most popular genres for people to sing, and many artists around the UK started their careers by releasing their music independently – a major example being Ed Sheeran who had the biggest selling male album worldwide last year.
Within Bournemouth and the surrounding Dorset area there is a large variety of different singers and groups trying different styles. In the Dorset area, there are many places and ways of putting your music out for people to hear; one of which is a competition run by the Bournemouth Echo where the winner gets to be displayed to thousands in the paper and on the website.