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Best Of January 2017 by BIMM London
We kick off 2017 with a playlist by the London office of The British Institute for Modern Music (BIMM), featuring 10 great developing acts. The BIMM Institute is a group of six independent colleges with over 5,600 students that specialise in the provision of British and Irish Modern Music education in Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Berlin and London. Take a listen to their favourites:
Best Of December 2016 By Urban Development
The December 2016 Richer Unsigned playlist has been curated by Urban Development, a music development organisation based in Stratford.
Best of November 2016 by Radio X
Artists for the Richer Unsigned best of November playlist have been chosen by Radio X. Radio X plays the best fresh rock and guitar-based music. Radio X is available all across the UK on digital radio, on 104.9FM in London and 97.7FM in Manchester, on mobile and via www.radiox.co.uk. See all the ways you can listen here.
Best of October 2016 by Music Glue
Music Glue is used by artists, managers, labels and merchandising companies to sell music, merchandise, tickets and experiences direct to fans from a single integrated website. Anyone can now create a free-to-use website from multiple templates, complete with inbuilt ecommerce and content management. We bring everything together into one place, so that fans can make purchases direct from the artists they love, in one simple transaction.
Best of August 2016 by Vevo
Music video platform Vevo has curated this month's playlist. Vevo has over 18 bn global views a month, and is available on desktop, mobile and living room devices. As well as being home to the biggest music acts from around the world, central to Vevo is a commitment to support and nurture new talent. Through original programming, Vevo has created several strands of programming to create exclusive content with artists, from the earliest stages of their careers.
Best of July 2016 by Music Week
This month's playlist has been chosen by Murray Stassen, journalist for Music Week magazine.
Best of June 2016 by Newton Faulkner
Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner has chosen his favourite 10 unsigned bands for this months playlist. Read more
Best of May 2016 by TunecoreSam Taylor of TuneCore.co.uk has picked some of his favourite artists for the May playlist. With an artist-friendly model that pays out 100% of sales and streaming revenue, TuneCore is the world’s leading independent digital distributor, and is proud to be the distribution partner to tens of thousands of independent musicians around the world. TuneCore will be at Great Escape Festival in Brighton on Saturday 21st May as headline sponsor of DIY Day – a series of panels and seminars for independent and emerging musicians. To find out more click here
Best of April 2016 by Time Out
This month's playlist is brought to you by Time Out London.
Best of March 2016 by The Unsigned Music Awards
The Unsigned Music Awards is the first ever televised awards show dedicated exclusively to unsigned artists. With a voting panel of more than one hundred active music industry professionals, UMA are looking to surface, reward and offer high levels of funding to the best emerging talent in the UK. Applications are open until August 31, 2016.
Best of February 2016 by National Foundation for Youth Music
This month we are supporting the charity National Foundation for Youth Music. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances. These challenges include disability, poverty, mental health issues, refugee status or being brought up in care. Projects take place where they're needed most, often in areas of great deprivation. As well as helping young people develop musically, Youth Music projects also improve their personal and social skills, boosting educational and career prospects.
Best of December 2015 By Marshall Amplification
Our 'Best of December' playlist selection comes from the legendary maker of amplifiers Marshall. Check out their favourite 10 bands below.
Best of November 2015 by Bandcamp
Bandcamp makes it easy for fans to directly connect with and support the artists they love. They treat music as art, not content, and tie the success of their business to the success of the artists who they serve. To date, fans have paid artists $127 million using Bandcamp, and $3.7 million in the last 30 days alone! Read more here
Best of October 2015 by Pledge Music
This month's playlist is brought to you by Pledge Music. PledgeMusic is an online Direct-to-Fan music platform, launched in August 2009, that facilitates musicians reaching out to their fanbase to pre-sell, market, and distribute music projects including recordings, music videos, and concerts. With PledgeMusic, the fans become part of the music making experience itself, gaining access to exclusive content and seeing Pledger-only updates that give them an insight into the music like never before.
Best of September 2015 by Alice Levine
This month's playlist is brought to you by BBC Radio 1's Alice Levine. Alice started with Radio 1 in 2013, co-hosting the 10-12pm weekdays show with Phil Taggart. She more recently moved to the weekend 1-4pm slot as well as co-presenting a variety of Radio 1’s events such as Big Weekend.
Best of August 2015 by The Unsigned Guide
Since 2003 The Unsigned Guide has been an essential resource for aspiring bands and artists. Their comprehensive directory of the UK music industry contains contacts for everything you could need to get your music career progressing in the right direction; record labels, radio stations, gig promoters, artist managers, venues, festivals, music publishing, producers, studios and much more.
Best of July 2015 by Jack Savoretti
This month's Richer Unsigned playlist is chosen by Jack Savoretti. His most recent album ‘Written In Scars’ debuted at number 12 in the UK charts earlier this year, with sales now approaching 50,000. Jack is playing at a host of UK festivals this summer including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Cornbury. Take a listen to his 10 favourite Richer Unsigned bands below...
Best of June 2015
This month's selection of artists have been chosen by Best of British Unsigned's Matt Graveling. Check out his favourite tracks below. To hear playlists from previous months, other industry guests and high profile artists, use the < and > buttons below the playlist to browse. Happy listening!
Best of May 2015
Our favourite tracks uploaded in the month of May. To hear previous playlists, use the < and > buttons below the playlist to browse. Happy listening!
Best of April 2015
Our favourite 10 tracks uploaded in April. To hear previous playlists, use the < and > buttons below the playlist to browse. Happy listening!
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Why we do it!
Richer Unsigned is strictly not-for-profit. We’re not interested in making money from emerging talent, tying artists into any kind of contract or charging music lovers a premium to listen to the UK’s best unsigned artists, we’re simply here to help.
Richer Unsigned was created by Julian Richer, Founder of Richer Sounds. In 1978 Julian set up his first Richer Sounds store, 53 stores later he feels that as he originally built his fortune selling hi-fi – which would be worthless without musicians – that it’s nice to give something back.