One of the best opportunities for unsigned musicians in the UK is the BBC's talent discovery initiative BBC Introducing. Artists can submit their music online to be considered for opportunities in their local area, such as performing at local events and being played on the local BBC radio station.
The best artists discovered in each area are then considered for bigger festivals such as Glastonbury. One act a week even gets to be playlisted on Radio 1, which includes airplay on the daytime and evening shows.
Click here to check out the BBC Introducing website where you can submit your music and also get some great advice on starting out in the industry.