Get your record pressed on vinyl - get involved in the Record Store Day Unsigned competition

DIY’s teaming with Record Store Day UK and their partners Sound Performance for a very special opportunity.

Everyone loves flicking through vinyl at the local record shop, or the feeling of opening up a record for the first time but sometimes, being able to press your own copies falls to the bottom of the priority list for bands. We’ve got a solution for that…

DIY is teaming up with Record Store Day UK and Sound Performance for a brilliant, nationwide competition which is offering unsigned bands a chance to have their music pressed to vinyl.

Not only does the grand prize include 500 copies of vinyl pressed for free, but the winning artist will also get their hands on a year-long distribution deal through Proper Music.

If you fancy your chances, all you have to do is head to Sound Performance’s website and follow the instructions. The competition will be open until 19th March, so be sure to get your entries in sooner, rather than later. The winner will then be picked by a panel of experts – including Tim Burgess, Sister Ray’s Phil Barton, and yours truly – and announced on 18th April, right ahead of Record Store Day itself.

Terms and conditions can be found below.

Terms & Conditions

1. Promoter’s name and address
Sound Performance Limited of 3 Greenwich Quay, Clarence Road, Greenwich, London SE8 3EY; in conjunction with Record Store Day

2. How to participate
2.1 Entry is free. In order to enter this competition, go to and click on the Record Store Day Competition banner to access the entry form and competition
2.2 Please complete the entry form including:
a) your band/artist name
b) the names, addresses (including postcode) and email addresses for each band member
c) a YouTube link to your music video entry. The video must be no longer than one minute and must be specifically created for this competition.
2.3 Entries which are incomplete, misspelt, inaudible, or incomprehensible are void and will not be entered into this competition.
2.4 You may only submit one entry to this competition. Entrants who submit multiple entries will be disqualified and will not be entered into this competition.

3. Start date
This competition will start on 18.01.2018.

4. Closing date
The closing date for this competition will be 19.03.2018.

5. Selection of the winner
5.1 A link to each approved video entry will be added to the Sound Performance website.
5.2 Entries will be judged on performance initially by Sound Performance Limited which will then shortlist twenty entries for review by a panel of four judges (one judge from Sound Performance Limited, one judge from Record Store Day, one judge from DIY Magazine and a fourth independent judge).
5.3 One winner will be selected from the shortlist.
5.4 The winner will be chosen from all entries correctly submitted in accordance with these terms
and conditions.

6. Prizes
6.1 The winning band or artist will receive:
a) 500 x standard weight 7” Vinyl or 12” Vinyl in standard printed sleeve, lacquer cut and
pressed free by Sound Performance Limited; and
b) Distribution deal with Proper Distribution - limited to this pressing.
6.2 There are no alternative prizes.
6.3 The prizes are non-transferable and exclude any additional costs and expenses.
6.4 The prizes do not include the finished artwork and/or master recording for the record which
must be provided by the winner.
6.5 The winning artist or band is responsible for all applicable taxes and expenses not specified in
description of the prizes above.

7. Restrictions and requirements
7.1 Please note the following restrictions and requirements apply:
a) Employees of the promoter and their immediate families are ineligible to enter this
b) Entrants must be 16 or over and resident in the United Kingdom;
c) Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain consent from a parent/guardian.
d) Entrants must not currently be signed to a record label deal and must own copyright in their entries;
e) All entries must be original material.
7.2 By submitting your competition entry, you confirm that you meet the requirements of this clause 7.

8. Notification of the results and receipt of the prize
8.1 Record Store Day will announce the winner at and notify them by email on 18 April 2018.
8.2 The winner will have until 31 December 2018 to claim their prize and press the record.
8.3 The prize will be made available to the winner within 12 weeks after the finished artwork and master recording has been provided to Sound Performance by the winner.

9. Data protection and publicity
9.1 If you are the winner of the competition, you agree that the Promoter may use your video entry, your name, image and county of residence to announce the winner of this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes.
9.2 You consent to and acknowledge that your video entry may be used in publicity by the promoters.
9.3 By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by the Promoter or its agents and suppliers to administer the competition.

10. Intellectual property
10.1 By submitting your competition entry and any accompanying material, you agree:
a) to grant to the Promoter a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free licence to use your entry and any accompanying material for any and all purposes in connection with this competition;
b) to waive all of your moral rights in your entry and any accompanying material;
c) that the Promoter may make your entry available on its website and any other media in connection with any publicity of the competition;
d) to indemnify and keep indemnified Sound Performance Limited from any third party claim that your content, performance, related artwork or any other intellectual property provided by you breaches the intellectual property rights of a third party;

11. General
11.1 The name and county of the winning artist/band members will be made available by Record Store Day at
11.2 Nothing in these terms and conditions will limit the promoter’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or for fraud.
11.3 If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, the Promoter may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.
11.4 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and any disputes shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

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