UK Talent Competitions
Open to All UK Competitions
Busking Competitions, Festivals and Events
School & College Singing/Talent Competitons
Online Singing/Talent Competitions
International Classical & Opera Competitions
International Talent & Vocal Competitions
Vocal & Music Competition Site Links
The following are Companies, Agencies or Organisations who arrange, promote or raise funds through Singing and Talent Competitions and the criteria may vary considerably so please check the sites directly for their latest information. There are also tons of karaoke singing competitions around, visit KrazyKats Karaoke Forum for listings or to add your own.
- Open Mic UK 2010.. Enter now to be the UK's best on the mic!
Open Mic UK; the national talent competition to search for the UK's best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres. The competition offers the competitors the opportunity to perform live in front of large audiences, generating media attention and exposure.
The competition will be going up and down the UK and coming to a city or town near you to discover acts with the potential to become the next Leona Lewis, Lemar or James Blunt! Competing for the chance to win from the £25,000 in prizes; the winning act will have the opportunity to win a recording contact to release their single.
Expose your talent - whatever genre it may be. The latter stages of the competition provides artists with the opportunity to impress judges and many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry.
The competition is divided into age categories; Under 16, 16-23 and 23 and over. All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK; the competition seeks to discover an act that has the ability to become a professional recording artist. So if you think you have the talent, it's open to all, so get on the mic....Open Mic UK 2010.
For more information go to www.openmicuk.co.uk
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- Institute of Contemporary Music Performance launches Vocal Scholarships
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce the launch of its vocal scholarships programme.
The lucky winner will receive a free place, worth £4,950, on the Institute's famous Higher Diploma course starting in October, whilst the runner-up will receive a £2,500 award for study on the same programme. Applications are invited from students both from the UK and internationally.
The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young vocalists and musicians. Institute alumni can be found throughout today's music industry, working with artists of the calibre of Babyshambles, Lemar, Radiohead, Eric Clapton, Keene and KT Tunstall.
This vocal scholarship is part of the annual programme of Institute scholarship awards and represents a fantastic opportunity for deserving students to access world class training and tuition at one of the world's leading schools of contemporary music. Closing date for entries is Friday 18th July and there is always a great demand, so any interested vocalists should apply now by downloading the application form at www.icmp.uk.com . Remember, if you don't apply, you definitely can't win!
For further information on how to apply or to download an application form contact: Tel: 020 7328 0222. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Live & Unsigned
Under 18 singers and bands wanted for the Live and Unsigned music competition.
Live & Unsigned has proudly grown from a regional competition for the South coast into a National Competition and is the largest talent contest outside TV's X-Factor. 2007 was the competitions third year with a rapid growth that has seen over 10,000 applications enter the competition for 2007. Performers from all over the UK have the chance to compete and become the UK's best Live and Unsigned acts.
About Live and Unsigned
The Live & Unsigned event is not only a competition to find talent, but it also gives bands, groups, Singer/songwriters and singers alike the opportunity to organise and perform as a live act in front of people established within the music industry. The big difference with this competition is that all the Contestants taking part are encouraged to be individual and original which potentially would involve performing their own genre, style, play their own instruments and perform their own song.
The competition is also not a profit orientated project with all revenue being reinvested back into the competition and contestants. The designated charity for 2007 is Crimestoppers which the competition has worked in partnership with including a tour to over 20,000 youngsters around the South of England. This has taken place at the Crimestoppers SNAP (Say no and phone) events giving acts and youngsters alike the opportunity to get involved with something positive and purposeful.
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 last year's winners. This year's competition will be much bigger, better and more popular than ever!
For more information, to enter the competition, post your profile and submit your tracks for play on the Radio; www.LiveandUnsigned.UK.com
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- Jazz Artist of the Year
A Competition for the Jazz or Jazz influenced Performer
The Jazz world is vast and encompasses a great range of music and styles. We identify with the thousands of talented musicians and performers out there, often lacking in opportunity to launch or develop their careers in what is a very competitive industry.
If you are a talented, dedicated, ambitious Jazz or Jazz influenced performer, over the age of 16, and a British resident, wanting to build your professional music career, we'd like to hear from you.
We are looking for an emerging new Jazz artist, someone hugely talented, with great natural musicianship, charisma and artistic quality.
We are looking for someone within the Jazz genre or influenced by Jazz, so this could encompass Blues, Cabaret, Big Band, Swing or 'Sophisticated' Musical Theatre genre. We are NOT looking for pop artists.
We are looking for singers and musicians, including songwriters. There is no upper age limit. You simply need to be a British resident over the age of 16 to apply.
For more information, visit www.jazzartistoftheyear.com
- Britain's Got Talent
ITV1ís hit entertainment show ĎBritainís Got Talentí is back and itís 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*
Register NOW to audition for the 2013 series https://gottalent.fremantlemedia.com/
- Star Sensations Singing Contest
Entries are now open for 2011 with prizes totalling £6,500 for the winners. Auditions start in March at various venues in the South of England and London. To enter visit the site, complete the registration form and send entry fee of £10.00.
- Britains Best Undiscovered Music Act
Are You Britain's Best Undiscovered Music Act?
If the answer is 'YES' then we want to meet you...
We are looking for acts of all ages and all genres for a brand new prime-time TV music talent show - and as long as you can sing or play music (or both), then you're in.
Are you the next Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Susan Boyle, Girls Aloud, Take That, Il Divo, Jamie Cullum, Vanessa Mae or Katherine Jenkins?
Solo artists, musicians, bands, groups and choirs of all sizes are welcome to audition. For the winner, there is a prize of a lifetime.
For more information, and to register your interest, email us now, and include a daytime contact number to email@example.com
An innovative TV Talent Competition Show Produced by
Performers TV that will be filmed in a night club style studio, to be shown on Sky
Channel 216, ITV, BBC Channels or Channel 4 every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
We are looking for talented signed or unsigned Pop Singers & Rappers from the UK
to collaborate with dynamic UK Dance Groups to create fabulous original stage shows.
Successful applicants will get the opportunity to perform their own songs or raps live
over their music backing tracks and be filmed in front of our studio audience, which will
include Talent Scouts, Music Producers and Celebrities together with other aspiring
Singers, Rappers, Dancers and fans.
The Winners will receive a £10,000 Cash Prize that will be split equally between every
person that took part in the performances plus a Filming and Recording Contract with
Performers TV Ltd. This prize will include recording an Album with a Music Video made
for each track that will be advertised on National TV Channels and available for sale
throughout the UK.
For more information and to enter the competition visit Performers TV - How To Apply.
- Want A New Life?
Ever dreamed of changing your life for the better?
Sky is casting for a new TV show, which is looking for female contestants aged between 20-38. There may be advice about everything from your career to your looks to your love-life on hand and possibly a luxury break...
For more information and to apply, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 453 4167 or text 07580 350081
- Festival4Stars Talent & Songwriting Competitions
Heats at various locations in the UK and Scotland, finals held in 3 locations. Catagories include: Solo Singing, Musical Theatre, Solo Dance and Thatís Entertainment. Entry fee required.
Winners of Regional Finals and National Finals will receive prizes ranging from recording studio time, performing opportunities or holiday breaks.
- Wanna be a Pop Star? - Junior Eurovision Song Contest!!
The hunt is on for a solo performer or band to represent the UK in the new Junior Eurovision Song Contest. If you are aged between 8 and 15 you can apply by sending in a cassette or CD of your original song (no longer than 2 minutes 45 seconds) written by you or a member of your band, include a photograph and a letter with your contact details and send it in before 12 NOON on 27th JULY 2005 to:
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005
The London Television Centre
Tel: Annette on 0207 261 3363
No artiste that has featured on a commercially-released recording should enter.
Visit the official Junior Eurovision website for further details.
Read the latest Eurovision News Headlines
- X Factor Auditions
The X Factor Audition line is now closed and successful contestants can be seen on the X Factor shows at weekends. Don't despair - there are Karaoke and other competitions available at the X Factor site and of course next years competition to prepare for!
Open Auditions on a first come first served basis will be held for groups and solos over the age of 16. Applications are now being taken for the third series of The X Factor. To audition in a city near you, just click on the X Factor title to visit the site and fill in the application form.
Applicants must bring along proof of Identity and age (passport, driving licence or birth certificate with a national insurance card) and under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or adult or they will NOT be seen. Be prepared to sing at least one song Accapella. (unaccompanied - without backing tracks, or musical instruments), so make sure its a song you know well and which you can do justice to!
Viewers will see the program during September / November.
The The X Factor Forums are still available with news and updates on previous contestants.
- Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition Glastonbury Festival in association with Q magazine is pleased to announce the return of the Emerging Talent Competition for 2009 Open to musicians not signed to a major label, based in the UK and Ireland, and is the best way to get your music listened to by many of the stage and area programmers throughout the Festival. Glastonbury has been running a competition to find the greatest Emerging Talent for the last four Festivals. Previous competitions have brought bands like The Subways, Bimbo Jones and Scouting For Girls to Festival prominence.
- Broken Silence Talent Competition
Broken Silence holds an annual talent contest to raise awareness of Sickle Cell. Do you think you can sing, rap or dance? Think you are the essence of raw urban talent? Think you can cut it in front of a live audience? And have the guts to face a grueling Judging Panel? If the answer is yes and your under 25 years of age, then you're EXACTLY what Broken Silence are looking for!
- The City Showcase
Festival of emerging talent returns to London in September to play host to a week of London's most exciting new music. Demos are currently being accepted for consideration by the 'Music week' Team and Dotmusic.
The festival, supported by the Mayor of London and Dave Stewart, offers a unique opportunity for new bands to be heard by the industry and public alike and to benefit from the publicity that will surround the event. Venues for the showcase range from West end shops and Boutiques, to well respected live music evening venues. Taking place between September 22 - 26 with performances in venues on London's Kings Road, Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Regent Street and Bond Street, City Showcase is a completely free event although you will need tickets for the evening gigs at established venues.
If you wish to be considered for the festival, mail a CD along with a brief biog/web link and photo to PO Box 34941, London SW6 7ZA.
- BBC TV Performing Arts Funding
The BBC Performing Arts Fund has launched its Young People's Musical Theatre scheme which will award £200,000 in grants aimed at encouraging young people to take part in musical theatre.
Applications to the scheme will close at 5pm on Tuesday 30th November 2010. Visit the website for further details and application form.
CBBC Karaoke Talent Competitions - BBC Saturday Morning Show
They regularly run competitions for young singers and musicians so watch the show or visit the site for latest developments. The finalist get to meet a famous pop star.
- UNICEF The United Nations Childrens Fund encourages groups, schools, organisations and companies to help raise funds by a variety of methods, one of which is by running Talent Competitions and Music Events. To find out what is going on in your area visit the site.
- Ballinasloe Horse Fair Usually held in October this event boasts local Singing/Talent Competitions in every pub, street theatre and free entertainment. Even if you don't qualify to take part it sounds like good fun!
- BBC Young Musicians Competiton Entry requirements and application forms are available at the BBC website so look out for details & good luck!
- Fenland Talent Competition Wisbech, Cambridgeshire - Adult Heats for sixteen and over in partnership with X-CEL FM.
The annual chance to strut your stuff, whether it's comedy, music, juggling, dancing or any other form of legal entertainment. Entry forms can be obtained from X-CEL FM or from either venue. Entry to the competitions is open to individuals, duos, groups and bands and it is free. The final for the Adult Competition will be at the Angles Theatre on Saturday 22nd September and the overall winners in both competitions receive air-time on X-CEL FM, stardom in the Winners' Own Show, to be scheduled at a later date, as their prize. Tickets from the box office: 01945 474447 Audience admission £3.00 no concessions.
- Junction CDC - The Junction is an arts venue in Cambridge with an eclectic programme of live music, club events, comedy, theatre, dance, live art and digital art. Chris Rogers Tel. 01223 506389 or Email
- Hoseasons Holiday Parks & Lodges hold weekly junior and adult talent competitions. Prizes include free holidays and cash prizes.