A competition to help find unsigned bands and artists to perform during the Olympics has been branded ‘out of order’ by The Musicians’ Union.
The competition was the idea of Olympic organisers LOCOG and is being run by Unsigned Band Review who are currently looking for unsigned acts to perform, for free, at parts of the Olympic Park.
However while acts keen to gain publicity may see this as the perfect opportunity to get their music heard by thousands of people others are arguing that this is just another example of Olympic organisers trying to get people to work for free.
The Musicians’ Union has spoken out against the competition calling it exploitative saying that the competition calls on acts ‘under the guise of an unsigned band competition’. However LOCOG are arguing back saying that they do pay professional acts however they reckon that unsigned acts are ‘amateurs’ and therefore do not need to be paid.
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