NME teams up with PledgeMusic to champion Emerging artists

Get yourself heard

NME has teamed up with PledgeMusic for our Emerging artists project, to showcase and launch the world’s best and most exciting new acts.

Launched last year, NME Emerging not only helps new acts to get heard and get noticed, but they can also earn money while maintaining 100% of their royalties and rights. Now, we’re partnering with the direct-to-fan e-commerce website PledgeMusic to offer acts funding, marketing and promotional support

“Working with PledgeMusic is a natural fit for the NME,” said NME’s Digital Director Keith Walker. “It benefits fans and artists by introducing a new way to bring them together on NME Emerging.”

NME Emerging opens new acts up to NME‘s huge readership and millions of monthly users. With hundreds already signed up and a number making it into the NME 100, the project is a way for unsigned acts to get featured on NME while also helping to combat some of the struggles emerging artists face. For readers, it’s a great way to discover new bands.

By teaming up with Pledge, all acts signed up will access to tailored and dedicated campaign management  – with their Emerging Artist page now linking through a Pledge Music Portal.

PledgeMusic co-founder and president Malcolm Dunbar said: “PledgeMusic is delighted and honoured to be linking up with NME Emerging in this new initiative to assist and work with developing artists and bands. NME has a rich history of supporting unsigned and independent talent and the PledgeMusic model of rights-free funding is perfectly aligned with that.

“All of us at PledgeMusic very much look forward to working with the NME team on the project.”

Following on from our Emerging Artists Competition last year, which saw rising star Caleb Kunle win studio time, showcase gigs and much more, NME Emerging responds to quantitative and qualitative research from NME to find out what challenges artists face when it comes to getting heard, getting noticed and earning money.

Get involved

To build your page, get heard and get paid, get involved with NME Emerging here. See the artists that have already signed up. It could be your first step to building a fanbase and getting featured by the world’s longest-running music publication. New music is the lifeblood of NME. Make your band part of the mix.