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Singing, Songwriting and Talent Competitions are staged worldwide and cater for Amateur to Professional Vocalists.   There are competitions for all ages, styles, genres and standards some of which are available online.

We will endeavour to bring you information on all types of competiton for any standard of singer plus band competitions, battle of the bands etc., that you may find of interest.   Full information and downloadable entry forms or contact details are available from most sites listed.

The majority of singing and talent competitions listed will be UK or Open to International applicants.

International visitors may note that many of these competitions are open to any nationality although you may have to be a member of the organisation promoting the competition to participate.  We will endeavour to supply links to singing competitions in your country which will be available soon, however this is a huge job in itself and we would appreciate your help by sending us links and information or adding the listing to one of our free links pages - Thanks! ;-)

Singing Auditions

The following are listings of auditions for singers and the criteria may vary considerably so please check the sites directly for their latest information. For regularly updated auditions and casting call listings get The Stage Performance Newspaper.

  • TeenStar Competition
    The TeenStar singing auditions dates and competition events take place at some of the best venues in the UK including Birmingham’s NEC, Sheffield City Hall and Camden’s Dingwalls and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including DJs who work for radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Kiss FM, Choice FM, plus national and regional press, local studios and record labels. The National Grand Final is the climax of the whole competition and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the country, with last year’s event held within The O2 in London!

    The TeenStar singing auditions dates and competition events are split into three age categories - the 'Late Teens' (16-19), the 'Mid Teens' (13-15) and a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! Whether it’s pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, the singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers TeenStar singing auditions dates have been released to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. The singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

    TeenStar singing auditions dates are available across the UK, so if you’re a pre-teen or teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to: www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk<


  • Open Mic UK Competition Auditions Whether you are a singer or a rapper and you have the talent, apply now to audition for Open Mic UK. If successful, you will be invited along to perform a live audition. You will be showcasing your music to industry judges, including the chance to perform live in front of music and entertainment industry judges including DJs who work for Kiss FM, Choice FM and BBC Radio, regional press and celebrity judges, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

    For further information or to apply visit http://www.openmicuk.co.uk/singing-auditions

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  • Gravesend Talent Search the biggest talent search hosted in East Kent, for solo artists, singers/bands and variety acts. There will be 3 winners for each group within the competition. Solo artists/Bands/Variety Acts , all of which have different prizes.

    The winner of the Soloists Category will be offered a scholarship of one year at the Royal Academy Of Music and an album recorded and produced for release on iTunes and You Tube. (Funded by Academy Studios and The Amaryllis Charitable Trust).

    The winner of the Vocalists & Groups Category will be offered a recording deal that means that they will be entitled to have one album produced, recorded and released on iTunes and You Tube. With the final mastered album pressed and available for purchase or download. (Funded By Academy Studios).

    The winner of the performance & Variety Category will be offered a scholarship of one year at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art and introduction to Show business management agents at the end of their course. (Sponsored by The Amaryllis Charitable Trust /The Heritage Foundation).

    The runner ups for each group will win £2000 to go towards equipment and instruments.

    To apply for the show there is a £10 entry fee and all monies raised will be donated to our chosen charity ‘Shine’.

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  • Female Singers Wanted!
    Female singers wanted! We are looking for professional female singers willing to travel overseas. We're looking for experienced female singers with a minimum of 2 years live, on-stage experience for paid work. Visit eLive for further details and application.

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  • Channel 4’s BATTLEFRONT
    A unique opportunity for singers, Battlefront are looking for 20 x 18-24 year old, unemployed UK Londoners to sing in a FREE choir as part of an awareness raising challenge in the campaign to combat youth unemployment. The plan is to get the choir performing as much as possible to get the youth voice heard, my mission is to sing my way to the PM if I can. SO if you’re a young singer currently not in education employment or training and fancy taking part PLEASE get in touch as soon as possible as I’d like to start rehearsals in the next couple of weeks. Email Ava Patel at ava.patel@rawtelevision.co.uk and check out our website www.channel4.com/battlefront

    BATTLEFRONT: THE CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
    Battlefront is an Emmy-award winning Channel 4 youth campaigning TV series and online project that follows a group of young campaigners on a mission to change the world.

    Last year, the Battlefront campaigners achieved some fantastic results. They lobbied for 1000 new work experiences places for young people, signed up thousands of new organ donors, got government ministers talking about young people’s mental health, raised awareness about the danger to Orangutans from unsustainable palm oil, and got young people to start playing a sport they love. Over three seasons, Battlefronters have tackled everything from knife and gun crime to autism in the workplace. Plus we’ve had questions asked in the Houses of Parliament three times in the past year.

    This year, Battlefront is bigger and better than ever, and we’re focusing on the single most important issue facing young people in the UK today - youth unemployment. With over 1 million young people currently unemployed, Battlefront has searched far and wide to find four young unemployed and underemployed Campaigners to tackle the problem. We’ll be employing the four as fully paid members of our team and they’ll head up our campaign on-screen and on the website, asking the important questions and investigating this huge problem which faces so many young people in 2012. Travelling up and down the country our campaigners will enlist the help of expert mentors, celebrity supporters, politicians, employers and the young unemployed people of Britain as part of our Campaign to Combat Youth Unemployment.

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  • Voci Auditions
    Calling all sopranos, altos, tenors and basses

    Voci is a new chamber choir aimed at very good amateur singers in Windsor and the surrounding area. We will have a diverse repertoire and our aim is performing excellence. Auditions for all parts will be held during May.
    Audition venue:
    St Agnes Church, Spital
    St Leonard's Road
    Windsor SL4 3DX
    To book an audition please contact Susan Piggott on
    Tel: 01344 425219 or 07814 421161
    email: suzpiggott@hotmail.com

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  • Live and Unsigned music competition auditions

    Live and Unsigned 2012

    The National music competition for unsigned bands, vocal groups and solo artists to perform live. With over 10,000 registrations for the second year in succession, it is the biggest music talent search for original singers and acts to perform live in the UK. So be yourself; whether you want to perform a cover or your own song, you need to make it your own version.

    Live and Unsigned returns with a much improved competition structure, better venue's and prizes. Win a recording contract and single release and follow previous year's winners. This year's competition will be much bigger, better and more popular than ever!

    For more information, to enter the competition, visit www.LiveandUnsigned.UK.com

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  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's Search for a Superstar!
    ITV and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber launched a massive search to find the next musical superstar. The winner was voted for by the public and will win the opportunity to play the starring role in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, starting at London’s O2 arena. The auditions will take place throughout the UK and Ireland in February 2012, including Dublin and Belfast with the acclaimed Casting director David Grindrod.

    The programme producers are keen to meet as many enthusiastic, up-and-coming talents at the auditions as possible. So if you are (18+) and would like to apply, visit the Superstar site for further details. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!!
    www.itv.com/superstar

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  • Magnum TV Production
    Could you entertain an audience on TV for two minutes, to win yourself £25,000?!

    A brand new, prime time show is looking for
    " ASPIRING SINGERS
    " BUDDING COMEDIANS
    " UNUSUAL DANCE/VARIETY ACTS

    to take part in a unique television experience, where the premise is simple:

    A quick turn could win you big money!

    You don't have to be the next Leona Lewis, Diversity or Michael McIntyre, just be entertaining!

    Apply at talent@magnumtv.co.uk now!

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  • Moon Beat - Singers Wanted


    A superb opportunity for gifted male singers to join our successful team. We have urban beats, progressive base lines and run VSTs on Macs and PCs. Utilising both analogue and digital techniques, with full production, editing and mastering capabilities designed for commercial release.

    If you are male singer, aged between 13 and 19 years and think you have what it takes, then visit Moon Beat and fill out the application form to audition.

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  • Sing Your Heart Out

    Want to be on TV? Does your family wish it had been blessed with good singing voices? Do you all sing for fun and would like to take part in a singing challenge? SKY 1 Television is on the hunt for families who can sing. Professionals will try to turn successful applicants into a choir of angels in just three weeks. For further details call Emily Green on 0117 906 4350 or email emily.green@lovewest.co.uk

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  • Britain's Got Talent
    ITV1’s hit entertainment show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is back and it’s bigger than ever! Can you belt out a tune better than Mariah? Could you be the next Susan Boyle or Paul Potts? Are you funnier than Peter Kay or does your animal act leave people speechless? Can you dance rings around Michael Flatley or does your child dream of stardom? Whatever your talent we want to hear from YOU!

    APPLY NOW : THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO RULES - ANY TALENT, ANY AGE - SIMPLE AS THAT!

    To enter you can apply online at www.itv.com/talent or call us on 09018 801 010*

    BUT HURRY YOU DON’T HAVE LONG - auditions start in a few weeks!!!

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  • SingerAudition (charity event)

    Auditions held annually - £15 entrance for solo artists and £25 for bands - audition fee going to Cancer Research

    This is a private audition and the contestants have to book and pay their donation first via the website on paypal. 70's icon and modern day publisher Bruce Ruffin is chairing the panel. There's a record deal and music video for the winner with Sudden Impact Records

    Singers Audition is a voluntary service dedicated to finding talent. You audition and if you are good enough, a fully produced original sound track and song will be arranged for you, again if it is good enough it will be submitted to all major record companies.

Showcases

The following are listings of showcases for singers, songwriters or performers and the criteria may vary considerably so please check the sites directly for their latest information. Regular weekly and monthly showcases are listed in the OPEN MIC NIGHTS section. For regularly updated showcases get The Stage Performance Newspaper.

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  • ITC UNSIGNED - In The City
    In The City will take place in Manchester England and at venues across the city.

    IN THE CITY Unsigned is one of the most sucessful new music showcase events for up and coming artists each year. Traditionally (since 1992) more guitar/rock orientated, this year ITC Unsigned is expanding, with specialised sections for Hip Hop, Urban, R&B, Pop,Metal, Acoustic, Alternative  Electronica.

    Unlike other music conventions and showcase events, there's NO pay-to-play and NO pay-to submit-demos policy. I appreciate you're busy, so I'm not going to wax lyrical about the pedigree of the event. If you are not familiar with it..click through to the ITC website for more info.

    Break ITC - The Artist Acadamy
    Break ITC takes place in parallel with IN THE CITY this year. It is a three day collection of free workshops, seminars, demo reviews, panels, interviews etc. One of Europes largest gatherings of artists and creatives.

    For more info. on both of the above, click through to http://www.inthecity.co.uk


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Schools & College Singing/Talent Competitions

Usually open to the school, college or university students, however there are many inter-school competititons and a variety of organisations who provide workshops and competitions for students.  If your School, College or University is running a music competition please let us know !!

  • Wandsworth Young Performer Competition

    Singers, dancers, beat boxers, bands, comedians and musicians wanted for Wandsworth Young Performer Show.

    Young Performer is a showcase competition of talent in Wandsworth, and open to young people aged 14-19 years who live, go to school, college youth club, or work in the borough. Final event Sun 28 November hosted by a celebrity and includes guest acts.

    Registration form available from: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/arts

  • Hertford Music Festival Young Soloists' Competition Saturday 15 May 2010, Bradby Hall, Haileybury College, Mangrove Road, Hertford. Entries are invited from young classical, rock, pop and jazz musicians aged 18 AND UNDER who live or go to school in the East Herts area. For more info and an entry form please email rodgersr@simonballe.herts.sch.uk with YOUNG SOLOISTS in the subject line OR COLLECT ONE FROM YOUR SCHOOL Please note that there is a nominal entry fee of £3 to cover administrative costs and entry forms must be returned by Friday 7th May 2010 and that times quoted are subject to change to accommodate as many entrants as possible.

    As in previous years, there are two age categories available for pianists, strings, brass, woodwind, vocals and electric or acoustic guitar. A panel of local and professional musicians will be on hand to assess the entrants but the event will be strictly informal to keep any stage fright to a minimum, emphasise the organisers.

    The categories, sponsored by Playsomething, are as follows:

    11 years and under
    Piano - 25.00 GBP
    Woodwind - 25.00 GBP
    Strings - 25.00 GBP
    Brass - 25.00 GBP
    Voice - 25.00 GBP
    Guitar (electric or acoustic) 25.00 GBP

    12-18 years
    Piano - 25.00 GBP
    Woodwind - 25.00 GBP
    Strings - 25.00 GBP
    Brass - 25.00 GBP
    Voice - 25.00 GBP
    Guitar (electric or acoustic) 25.00 GBP

    Prizes include a chance to play for around 2000 people at Hertford Castle Fun Day, Playsomething gift vouchers and a Hertford Music Festival Plaque.

    Information and listings of what’s on in May can be found at www.hertfordmusicfestival.co.uk, on www.facebook.com/hertfordmusicfestival and at hertbeat.com. Performers or sponsors wishing to be involved in the Hertford Music Festival should contact the Festival’s music director Kev Saunders without delay by email: kev@kevsaunders.co.uk

  • UK Rock Challenge the UK arm of that Australian inspiration, Global Rock Challenge who have been running for twenty years. The UK arm of this organisation has been going for five years.   Schools or college teams of up to 134 students aged 11-to-18 enter our events.   They devise, choreograph, stage and perform their own creative-dance-drama production, to their own backing track and lighting scheme, with their own sets and appropriate makeup, hairstyles, costumes and props, in friendly competition with others.   Their team members also make a personal commitment to their team to be the best they can without the use of tobacco or alcohol products, solvents, or illegal drugs.

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Song Of The Year Competition

Online Singing Competitions

The following are Online Singing Competitions open to all.

Shure and AudioJack Singing Competition
Shure and AudioJack are looking for a vocalist with exceptional talent and originality. Sign up and download the songs, backing tracks, lyrics and sheet music then make a video of your performance and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, add your link to the competition page. The winner will receive a Shure microphone and headphone voucher valued at £1,000 which they will then use to record a track in a session at a London studio. Two runners up will receive an SM58 microphone and Shure SRH440 headphones.

ICON Challenge Talent Competition - Win $500
Global Talent Contest - If you’ve got musical talent, then video and upload it! Spread the word and see how many hits you can get! Winner gets $500!

Yobi Tv Online Singing Competition
Weekly competition for singer / songwriters who are legal residents of the USA or of a country with diplomatic relations with same, and of 18 years or older or 13 to 18 who have consent from parent or guardian to enter. Register and upload videos of your performance of original songs which are voted on by the public, best acts go through the semi-finals and then the finals.

Payperclip Global Online Talent Contest for Unsigned Artists
A new global online talent contest has been launched by an online self-service recording label which aims to give hope to the millions of wannabe singers and artists that offers cash prizes to music clips that attract the most votes on Payperclip, a self-service online recording label.

Payperclip, allows any artist to upload and to sell their music and video direct to a global audience without need for a recording contract or other endorsement.

The site also allows individuals to sell video content as well. We wanted to evolve the market created by YouTube into something which also offers commercial return for the user, says Taylor. By allowing people or companies to sell their video content, the site is opening a new stream of commercial possibilities for the phenomenal video-making community that YouTube has created. Think YouTube meets eBay.

eSinger Online Singing Contest
Enter your best live video performance into the contest to compete for the grand prize. You may enter any genre and song which best represents your vocal abilities.

  • Upstaged
    a brand new BBC entertainment event open to anyone across the UK who thinks they’re worth watching. In short, it’s like having your own studio where you can broadcast what you want to the nation live on the internet. Wannabe Contenders must make a profile of themselves online, including a description and video of their act or idea. The daily fate of the Contenders will lie with the online community. The Members will decide which acts make it through by watching their audition videos and voting for who they would like to see. The Contenders with the highest votes will go head-to-head on two specially built glass stages in the middle of Millennium Square, Bristol – of course. Here, they will try to entertain the nation for 6 hours straight. Their attempts will be streamed online and filmed for a BBC Three highlights show. After scrutinising their performance, the public will vote for their favourite act and the winner will stay on. The Champion will perform again the next day with a new Challenger brought forward to try and upstage them. The rivalry all comes to an end on the 30th March with the overall Champion winning something rather tasty. Contenders can be alone or in groups, professional or amateur, entertainer or intellectual, the best of the best or the best of the worst. If you like the sound of that and think you have something to share that’s worth watching, visit the site to enter.
  • Mp3 Music Awards
    Unsigned artists/bands aged between 16 to 26 and looking for exposure, upload your original song and a photo to enter the competition. The finalists will be invited to perform live at the MP3 Music Awards, The Grand, 21 - 25 St Johns Hill, London SW11 1TT on 3 Dec 2007. The finalists will be filmed whilst they perform in front of a crowd of industry professionals and music lovers. Winners prizes include 3 year publishing agreement. Presentation CD Award. CD compilation album, A Quality Tube TLA Outboard unit. Portable MP4/MP3 Player. 12 months online exposure and a DVD master of the MP3 Music Awards.


  • Musician War
    Pit your skills against other singers online at Musician war online competition site. Competitions also available for guitarists, bass players, synth players, songwriters, teams (Paid membership costs $5 a month).


  • Tune97 Online Singing Competition
    Register and submit your song for visitors to vote on. Membership and one submission free or pay $10 a month for unlimited submissions.


  • Song Of The Year
    Online singing competition with monthly winners. 600 monthly winners and finalists throughout the year will get their music sent to leaders in the music industry including labels, publishers, management companies and 10 winning songs will be submitted at the end of the year to be considered for publishing by BMG Publishing. Catagories include Pop, Rock, Electronic/Dance, R&B/Hip Hop, Country/Americana, Acapella, Christian Contemporary/Gospel, Folk, Instrumental/Jazz/World and Lyrics. Fees are required for each song submitted $30 for 1st song $20 for each additional song and $5 for a song critique. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to VH-1's Save The Music Foundation. All contestants receive $30 of Broadjam’s METAJAM Software, $20 valued monthly subscription to Online Gigs. All copyrights remain with the author of the song (copyright your song prior to submission).


  • Cyber Song Annual Contest sponsored by The Lotte Lehmann Foundation
    One of Lehmann's poems has been set to music and is required of all entrants. The other three selections are up to you, although one must be German and one French. Entry fee is $25.

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    International Talent & Vocal Competitions

    The following International Talent Competitions are only available to the relevant countries citizens/residents or by invitation or membership. Application forms and full details are available at their site.

  • Solevoci International A Cappella Ensembles Contest
    International contest for pop and jazz vocal groups held in Varese, Italy 16-17th June 2012 as part of the Solevoci Festival. Deadline for applications is March 1st 2012.


  • Access Broadway has changed the face of traditional dance conventions/talent competitions forever! Mr. DeVito has combined a multi-versatile performing arts competition with the most complete and comprehensive performing arts workshop including dance, acting & voice classes. An All-Star staff of adjudicators and instructors, with extensive Broadway, TV and Film credits share their secrets of success with attendees throughout the country. The program also includes our Access Broadway Auditions specifically designed to properly prepare aspiring performers on the correct procedure of auditioning. In addition, we also have our own exclusive professional casting & talent management department that provides professional opportunities for many of our attendees. Studios in Mexico Canada, Australia are also taking part in this USA competiton. Catagories include Debut & Diva, Song & Dance, Broadway Production & Best Studio so check with you Voice Coach or Studio to see if they are participating and visit their site for full details.
    P.O. Box 432 Times Square Station
    New York, NY 10108
    Email: info@AccessBroadway.com


  • Association of English Singers and Speakers
    'Paddocks'
    Park Lane
    Ashtead
    Surrey, KT21 1HD
    United Kingdom
    Tel Number: (44) 01372 275430

    Email.  Singing Competition - A nominal, non refundable, entry fee of £7.00 is charged to cover administrative expenses.   Next Competition: June 2002  Competition Held: Annually on an International level.


  • Australian Singing Competitions- Level 4 Culwulla Chambers, 67 Castlereagh St, Sydney 2000, Australia.  Tel: +61-2-9231-4888, Fax: +61-2-9221-8201.  Email.  The Marianne Mathy Scholarship is open to all young Classical singers irrespective of level of attainment but must be is under the age of 26 years as at 23 June in the year the Scholarship is to be awarded.  To be eligible for nomination in the Opera Awards, a singer must have sung with one of Australia's professional opera companies. and applicants for either competition must be an Australian citizen or resident.  Participants must sing in 2 languages and there are several catagories to choose from but nominations must be in by May/June so this year its too late to enter but check out the site for full details & start rehearsing for next year!!


  • Harmony Sweepstakes Annual Acappella Vocal Competition for groups of 3 - 7 singers. Heats & Finals are held in the USA and may perform originals, cover versions and/or a mixture of both.  A range of styles are covered including rock, pop, classical, jazz or whatever style the group prefers. Tapes are required for review before groups are accepted for the heats although previous entrants may have this requirement waived.


  • NATS - National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards is an annual voice competition open to NATS members and their pupils.  The competition has several heats across the US & Canada and is classically orientated with finalists and semi-finalists receiving the opportunity to perform at the NATS bi-annual national convention.  Visit their site for full details, rules, regulations and downloadable/printable .pdf application form for this and the NATS VOCAL COMPOSITION AWARD which is open to composers.  Winners of previous competitons have appeared at their Bi-Annual international convention and on subsequently with Orchestras and Opera Companies throughout the world.


  • Levay International Musical Singing Competition - aims to provide an opportunity to talented young people from different countries to test their skills through the songs of Sylvester Levay, the world-famous Hungarian-born musical author. Contestants to perform a song from a musical including songs from Sylvester Levay. Pre-selections are organised in several countries. To register and apply for consideration visit their website.

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    Music Competitions

    • Great Britain - National Festival of Music for Youth - National Competition for under 25's.  Managing Director: Mr. Larry Westland, 102 Point Pleasant, London SW 18 IPP.  King's Road 23a, GB-London SW3 4RP.  Tel: ++44/181-870 96 24, Fax: +44/181-870 99 35.  E-mail.
      (Intermediate/Advanced)


    • Ireland - Feis Ceoil.  Mr. F. Heneghan, Principal of the City of Dublin, College of Music, Chatham row, IR-Dublin 2.  Phone: ++353/1-77 88 20 or: ++353/1-676 76 35, Fax: ++353/1-78 47 38, or: ++353/1-676 74 29.
      (Intermediate/Advanced)

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