Unsigned Band Review announces the Emerging Icons Academy

Today, Unsigned Band Review announces a nationwide new talent initiative called Emerging Icons Academy and a complete relaunch of the site as the first comprehensive music industry social network.

The Emerging Icons Academy is a talent search with a difference; Unsigned artists who enter will undergo a development program whereby tasks are set by leading industry experts* to test and educate entrants in all aspects of the music industry. The artist who shows the most promise throughout this process will be selected by a panel of industry experts and given the opportunity to record an EP with award-winning producer Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, KT Tunstall).

As well as giving new artists a platform to get heard and a chance to work with a top producer, the initiative is designed to give every participating artist advice and direction that will help them in their future music career.

“It is a tough world out there for artists because they need to be savvy in many areas other than just the music. The Emerging Icons Academy is set to equip them with tools and tips that will no doubt help them within their career whether or not they get to work with Sacha. I have chosen contributors from the industry who are highly experienced in working with established acts across different areas including A&R, song-writing, management, social media and PR." said the creator, award winning music entrepreneur Kat Jackman.

For full Emerging Icons Academy entry details see below.


Annie Christensen - A&R, Island Records
Richard Dawes - Music Publicist and MD at Dawbell PR
SodaRock - Leading Artist Management Company
Aaron Bogucki - Senior Digital Manager, Polydor Records
Sacha Skarbek - Producer (Adele, Jason Mraz, James Morrison, KT Tunstall)
PRS - Royalty Collection Service

- Artists must have written their own material/songs
Artists must be ‘unsigned’ - artists can be signed to a small indie or their own label but must make it known upon entry
Artists can be managed; if they are managed they would need to supply a copy of the management agreement upon entry to the Emerging Icons Academy
- Artists can have a booking agent; this is looked upon favourably
- This is free for artists to enter
- Artists must sign up on www.unsignedbandreview.com (UBR) to take part
- All tasks will be published on UBR in the first instance
Terms of the opportunity to work with Sacha Skarbek will be published on UBR

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